The old town.
We have four nights in our current accommodation, a house in the country. Our hosts live in a house next door, the brother next to them, and there is another brother somewhere else (the one we spoke to on the phone). We are in a farming area on the outskirts of Modica.
After a relaxing start we decided to do some washing. So far the machines we have used have a short wash cycle. The quite new one we have here does not appear to have such luxuries. We download a manual in English but that doesn’t really help. We load up, press some buttons and it’s away. After an hour there doesn’t seem to be much progress. We wait a while longer and still no progress. We seek help from Mama with the assistance of the son who is on study leave. “All okay”, was the response. We decide to have some lunch. Finally after about three hours we are hanging out the cleanest washing in Sicily. Tomorrow we’ll start earlier.
Ragusa is one town we wanted to visit. The drive there takes us through the old part of Modica. The buildings look very old and in some
Houses stuck to the hill side.
cases appear to be glued to the rock faces behind them. The area is full of rock caves, perhaps each house has a room or two carved into the hillside behind them. The drive twists and turns through a very rocky landscape. At one point we drop down into a valley only to climb back out again.
Arriving in Ragusa in the quiet time has its benefits. Finding a shaded car park is one of them. Everyone has gone home for food and a sleep. The down side is nothing is open. It would have been nice to see inside the impressive cathedral but not today. Parts of the old town are very similar to Modica with houses seemingly super glued to the rocky walls of the steep valley sides.
After a well earned gelato and the general opinion was that we had seen enough and it was time to head home. It has been a relaxing start to our stay here, mainly due to the length of time the washing has taken.
Tonight we decide to eat out. We find a restaurant close by called Singalo. It specializes in organic vegetarian meals. We are warmly welcomed
A quiet street.
and the menu is carefully explained to us. We notice beetles are on the menu. We decide not tonight. We make our choices and choose a glass of local wine. What a change to have fresh vegetables cooked in a variety of interesting ways and not a pizza in sight. The dessert menu looked quite tempting but the two seemingly small courses we had were quite filling so no dessert tonight.
Tomorrow we make an early start with the washing and then make an excursion to Syracuse. The low key day today was enjoyable, something we can do when we stay in one place for a period of time. Starts to feel like a holiday, not a tour.
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