The Greek Theatre
When we arrived in Cinisi yesterday our plan was to “blob”, just take it easy. Perhaps wander down to the beach, or just lounge about. After a very happy chat with our hosts we were persuaded to make the short journey to Segesta. This was one tourist site we had not even thought about when planning our Sicilian Adventure.
So after a slow start we set off for Segesta. It was a relatively short trip by autostrada. Arriving at the archeological site we expected to find a reasonable sized carpark. Not today. Local police were on hand blowing whistles and frantically waving their arms to anyone trying to park in the wrong place. The carpark was being refurbished for the summer influx of tourists so the only park was anywhere on the side of the road.
The site is split into two sections. Part of the site is up a 1200 metre steep road. A shuttle bus is available for a small charge. A bus arrives and it doesn't take long to fill and we are soon at the top of the road.
On arrival at the top it is only a short walk to the ruins of
Looking down at the stage being prepared. What a setting.
buildings that represent the different civilisations that have called this site home. From Greeks to Romans, Moors and Normans. With each group using the site they rearranged the large blocks of stones to create their own style of buildings. The one structure still in use today is a 2500 seat Greek theatre. Workman are busy preparing the venue for Summer concerts. There are the remains of a Norman fortification and a Moorish mosque.
We catch the shuttle for the ride back down the hill. A short walk from the ticket office is a fine example of a Greek temple. This one was never completed but certainly stands proudly on this small hill. We have wondered how they managed to erect these temples, especially the large blocks of stone on top of the columns.
It has been a reasonably short visit but we both agree it was worth the effort. It was tempting to head further West towards the coast but this is a holiday, not a bus tour, and we don’t have to see everything. On the way back to the apartment we managed to find a supermarket. They were closing for the afternoon but we managed to
One of our many friends.
get enough for lunch.
After a restful afternoon we took time to explore the local beach. People were enjoying relaxing in the sun. Not many were in the water. After a brief paddle we realized why. The water is still cool for this time of the year. The sand has a nice soft warm feel under our bare feet. Deck chairs are lined up but all are empty. The nearby bar is reasonably busy.
Tonight we dine out. It was with mixed feelings that one of us chose grilled swordfish for the main. A sad way to go for such a beautiful fish. Our only thought was it might have been caught up in a trawl net and became by-catch. Our thoughts drift back to New Zealand and wonder what happens to those beautiful creatures that get caught in the name of sport. Do they end up on a plate or finish up on a trophy wall gathering dust.
Tomorrow is another day.
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