Sicily – Stepping Back in Time [Part 2]

Carrie is currently working some other web tasks so I decided to pinch hit for her again.  Now that you’ve officially been warned, let’s talk about Sicily!

Our western loop continued with a trip to the Scala dei Turchi (the Turk’s staircase), a stark white rock formation that juts into the Mediterranean.  On our last trip to the Valley of the Temples, we passed really closed but didn’t quite make it there.  This time we vowed to see the calcium and clay formation that’s been a popular sunbathing spot since the Greeks populated the island.  Unfortunately for us, the wind was ripping and a storm was on the horizon so we didn’t get to layout.  We did however admire it from afar and above…. [Read More]

Sicily – Stepping Back in Time [Part 1]

The wildflowers made for a gorgeous landscape

I’ve been a bit slow about blogging lately, so here’s to catching up!  In mid-April, Bobby and I took a nine-day trip to Sicily and it was our second time visiting the island.  On our first trip, we visited some pretty amazing places – Taormina, Siracusa, and Agrigento (to name a view), which are located in the eastern half of Sicily.  This time, we wanted to make a western loop.  I guess you could say our “loop” got a little out of hand being that we ended up covering 3/4 of the island and driving over 500 miles.

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Southern Exposure – Sicily [Part 2]

Upclose of the salt art

The second part of our Sicilian journey brought even more archeological sites: a couple Roman amphitheaters, another Greek theater, and the best preserved Greek temple in the world.** We had the pleasure of traveling along the eastern coast from Taormina to Siracusa, across the southern border to see Noto and Agrigento, and then finally north to see Monreale, a suburb of Palermo.  Sicily was an interesting place.  The island’s overwhelming beauty is combined with some not-so-great everyday occurrences.  We saw several blatant tax-evasion schemes, a couple “mafiosi” throwing their weight around, and a few very clever driving techniques.  Bobby and I agree that south of Rome, Italy is a completely different country and this was certainly capitalized, underlined, and placed in bold in Sicily…. [Read More]

Southern Exposure – Sicily [Part 1]

Sicily's flag

After staying in Reggio Calabria for the night, we took the ferry over to Sicily and had a short drive south to Taormina for our first stop on the island.  Sicily, which is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is largely known by the Americans as the land of The Godfather movies, the mafia, and the birth of the legend of Cyclops.  While these things are true, there is also a lot more to Sicilia – it has some of the most impressive archeological sites in Italy, boasts the highest active volcano in Europe (Mt. Etna), produces pretty darn good wine, wonderful pastries and has beautiful beaches.  We do have limited time while we’re here, so we’re trying to hit several of the main cities and sites…. [Read More]