Sicily, from Coast to Coast


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June 25th 2012
Published: June 27th 2012
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Hello All

For the last 4 days of our trip to Sicily we decided that a bit of R & R was in order, so we chose two of the islands most famous beach resorts, Taormina & Cefalu.

Taormina is on Sicily’s Ionia coast famous for its warm crystal clear water. Its Idyllically perched on a rocky promontory high above the sea, Taormina has been the most popular tourist destination in Sicily for a couple of hundred of years. It famous for its beautifully restored mediaeval buildings, breathtaking views around every corner and a giddy network of winding streets strewn with shops, bars and restaurants. In my opinion it has to be one of the top holiday resorts in Europe.

Added to this the town offers fantastic views of the coast, with Mt. Etna towering behind the town and can be seen clearly smoking from its active craters. Taormina also has was must be the most incredible Roman amphitheatre that is located high above the town and opposite Mt Etna with fabulous Panoramic views.

We only had two nights in Taormina but I could easily have spent a couple of weeks relaxing on the beaches of Isola Bella and strolling the streets of the main town.

Cefalu is located on the Northern coast of the Sicily on the Tyrrhenian sea and only an hour from Palermo, so in peak season it can get pretty busy. Celafu is one of the Mediterranean's undiscovered jewels. The epitome of picturesque grandeur. built in the shadow of a steep mountain. Cefalu has a beach, winding, narrow, medieval streets, and delightful restaurants overlooking a rocky coast. All under the ever present gaze of the Norman-Arab-Byzantine cathedral, one of the greatest churches of southern Europe.

It’s a Fascinating place to visit and one that I wish we had more time to explore in depth.


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28th June 2012
Taormina5

Nice photo!
Okay, didn't know you could actually comment on photos until I saw that Emma had done it - now I know! What an amazing view - blue sky and Etna in the background. Think I'm going to have to take a trip to Sicily...
28th June 2012

like!
Taormina is such a pretty little town - good choice of a place to stay
28th June 2012
Amphitheatre1

I do like a nice amphitheatre
Very impressed with all the culture you are taking in - good job Dad didn't go though, he would be moaning about all the rubbish!!
28th June 2012
Amphitheatre1

Yes Dad would moan about "bubble rubble" and go get a beer
28th June 2012
Cefalu-hdr5

like as well!
Another really cool photo - looks like such an amazing place. Sky looks a really nice colour - is that real or photoshopped??
28th June 2012
Cefalu-hdr5

Its a HDR photo so its 3 different exposures blended into 1 shot
4th July 2012
Taormina4

pics
love this pic, is like a postcard. the light is great.
4th July 2012
Taormina4

Yeh it was a nice sunset which was behind the mountain
4th July 2012
Taormina9

this one too
like the architecture and the colours. think all looks good in the sunshine!
4th July 2012
Taormina13

soppy buggers
T10 and T11. Love the way you can see down the archway and the next one, like the colours and the sense of age and the angel. you two look like you are enjoying your food.
4th July 2012
Taormina13

Yes it was a great place for breakfast, Mt etna behind and the sea in front
4th July 2012
Isola Bella1

so pretty
the water looks soooo good. did you spend every day there?
4th July 2012
Isola Bella1

Sadly only had one full day on that beach
4th July 2012
Cefalu3

like this one
like the lighten. did you use a filter or anything? also fav are ampith 1 and 2 for the views.
4th July 2012
Cefalu3

Yes used a polariser on this
4th July 2012
Palermo4

where is this?
this ceiing is amazing. and my fav night one is the one with the moon through the arch.
4th July 2012
Palermo4

Thats the sun setting not the moon, the moon does not glow orange!!
5th July 2012
Palermo4

smarty pants
yes, i meant that! what's a polarizer?
5th July 2012
Palermo4

smarty pants
yes, i meant that! what's a polarizer?
5th July 2012
Palermo4

smarty pants
yes, i meant that! what's a polarizer?
9th July 2012
Palermo4

it reduces glare and allows you to have more vivid colours depending on how you set it
13th January 2013
Cefalu-hdr5

Absolutely stunning I must say!! How did you get such a shot?
14th January 2013
Cefalu-hdr5

Hello I used a technique call HDR which is High Dynamic Range (Google it) but you basically take a range of shots at different exposures (I think I used 5 for this) then blend them together to create an image that has all the detail of the 5 images

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