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A Sicilian Miscellany

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We stay in many excellent hotels and guest houses each year so we only mention the truly memorable – like those where we are greeted and treated as long lost family members. So we want to say: mille grazie to Maria and Patrizia at Villa Raineri in Giardini Naxos for welcoming us to their beautiful beachside villa. Vi auguriamo molto successo …
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However, time moves on and so must we. From Giardini we drove the 300 kilometres to the outskirts of Palermo and spent most of the time in the dark…
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The Sicilians certainly know a thing or two about tunnelling and when it comes to mountains they just burrow straight through. We lost count after a couple of dozen but figured that we probably travelled at least 40 kilometres underground.The autostradas (toll highways) are excellent and the drivers not quite as crazy as you might imagine. The same cannot be said of city drivers who play chicken at every intersection and squeeze through impossibly narrow medieval streets jammed with badly parked cars – apparently a car is deemed parked once the nose hits the kerb irrespective of where this might leave the back end.

Our home now is an apartment in the slightly seedy fishing village of Aspra not far from Palermo…
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Each morning the numerous fishermen haul up their wooden boats and sell their catch off the beach …
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While each evening they hang out on the promenade to decry the lack of fish, the poor prices and the state of the humanity in general. But this is real Italy – none of the polish of Positano or the Ritz of Rome; no Fendi handbags here. Life goes on here much as it has done for centuries and we are merely observers as we stroll the beach at sunset…
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However, we are not here for the beach – even though it is warm enough for a swim. We are here to discover Sicily’s past and our first stop is the ancient Elimi city of Segesta. This enormous acropolis was built 2,450 years ago by Hellenic people who had fled from the city of Troy in, what is now, Turkey…
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It is difficult to believe that this building was already two thousand years old when the Incas built Machu Picchu in Peru. This mountaintop theatre is another of the incredible constructions of the Elimi in Segesta…
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Who needs scenery with a backdrop like this…
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Sicily has a wealth of historic monuments and we will be visiting the most important ones in the coming week. We will also be trying the local dishes like the antipasta where everything was produced on the farm where we dined…
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An authentic hundred metre diet!

Posted by Hawkson 01:30 Archived in Italy

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Grazie mille James & Sheila for your kind words about your stay in Sicily...
We find your travel blog very interesting!
Have an amazing year and many happy travels!!
Maria e Patrizia :-)

by B&B "Villa Raineri" Maria & Patrizia

This old world view affirms the tenacity of the human spirit and the value of community.

by The Vickerage

Drooling over that antepasto plate. Superb.
Note the lack of tourist hordes cf Rome and wonder why. Such awesome sights.
p.s. I'm sure I see Sheila? in the stands this time.

by R and B

An enviable feast on all accounts. Do you say a prayer before you set out on the road driving? Some of the driving would make me a bit religious. The people you meet where you stay must be a part of the joy of your travels

by Sue Fitzwilson

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