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Under the Sicilian Sun

sunny 23 °C

The west coast of Sicily is noted for its year round sunshine and for the warm winds that blow directly from North Africa, so it’s not surprising solar and wind farms are springing up across the land…
However, solar and wind power have been harnessed to produce salt here since the time of the Phoenicians in 800 BC. Numerous invaders have conquered Sicily from time immemorial. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans and even Moors and Normans have been drawn to this sunny isle because of its defensive location at the southern tip of Europe. They have also come for the salt...
This six hundred year old windmill on the salinas near Marsala was used for draining the salt pans of fresh water after the winter rains so that sea water could flood in and evaporate under the hot summer sun. But Marsala is best known for the sweet dessert wine of the same name. and we were expecting to find a rural city full of tractors and wineries. Nothing could be further from the truth. Marsala is a smart sophisticated city with posh shops and wide pedestrian streets paved with marble,…
The nearby medieval city of Erice is a different kettle of fish. It is a rugged place perched atop a mountain at the northwest tip of Sicily. The narrow streets paved with rough cobbles snake around the mountain and lead up to a crumbling Norman castle…
The roads are so narrow that it is impossible to believe that traffic is allowed – but it is…
Although this alleyway in the medieval city of Cefalu was a tight squeeze even for us…
The Normans conquered this island a thousand years ago and stamped their culture on the place with numerous cathedrals and churches. This is the cathedral, (Chiesa Madre) in Erice, together with its lofty bell tower that was used as a lookout to spot potential marauders in the middle ages…
It is said that you can see Tunisia from here on a clear day and although the sun was shining we were out of luck. We did however have fabulous views of the coast and the cities beneath us…
Now we are going back in time – to the amazing ruined cities of Selinunte and Agrigento – built more than two thousand five hundred years ago. Here’s a glimpse into the distant past…
Hope you can join us under the Sicilian sun in a day or so.

Posted by Hawkson 09:40 Archived in Italy

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will be there. Don't know about those narrow streets. I may have to move sideways. Looks beautiful and inviting. Beats the wind, rain and grey days here.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Looks like wonderful motorcycling country.
Bliss Manor weathering the wind storms well.

by R and B

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