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Europe » Italy » Sicily September 27th 2011

Today our agenda is to visit another Baroque town called Noto. After having a quick breakfast and heading out the door, we drove the one hour drive to Noto through small winding towns and crazy morning traffic. Driving in Italy is crazy! You have to be very aggressive otherwise you wouldn’t get anywhere at all. No one seems to stop at signs or lights, and if you do do the speed limit, you’re going too slow. Cars fly by us as if we’re standing still which makes you wonder when you see all the roadside memorials. Noto is the queen of southern Sicily’s Baroque cities. The earthquake of 1693 also destroyed much of this town as well and had to be re-built in the valley below. The old town is abandoned to its lonely hilltop. All ... read more
Main Palace Noto
Candid Shot in Noto
Strange Cars

Europe » Italy » Sicily September 26th 2011

Today we decided to visit the ancient hillside town of Ragusa. Ragusa is the capital city of the region and is supposed to be absolutely spectacular. We hopped in the Peugeot and punched in the coordinates into “Bonnie”….Ron’s GPS. Now that she is working better, we had more confident in her that she would show us the way. After a quick 20 minute ride down the crazy Italian highway (it’s like the Indy 500 without the yellow flags), we were guided by Bonnie through the busy narrow streets of Ragusa looking for the “Centro”. We have never seen so many cars parked on either side of the street with inches between us and it. There’s a reason why all the cars in Sicily are damaged and their mirrors are all scratched up or attached with duct ... read more
Main Square in Ragusa
Garden Stroll

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Ragusa September 26th 2011

Day 5 Up bright and early and down to the restaurant in the villas for breakfast as we didn't have time last night to stop and get any groceries. As usual it was the Italian way for breakfast but alot more than in Florence. Fresh pasterie's, meats, cheeses and lots of fruit. Capo's to start the morning and it was time to program Bonnie get on the road to Ragusa for our first day. Weather today is 25 and chance of rain. Wondered into Ragusa and found the car park and started the walk up into the town center and up to the Piazza. First stop one of the many churches along the way. As we where in the church the rain started and rain it did, slow at first and then it picked up steam. ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sicily September 25th 2011

Ciao from Sicily! The journey to get to Sicily was quite the adventure. In Florence, we woke up early, packed up and went for a quick breakfast while we waited for Ron & Lissa. At 10:00 am we checked out of our hotel and asked reception if they could call us a taxi so we could get to the airport to catch our flight out to Sicily. The fellow at reception called a taxi company and was informed that no taxis were running in the area due to a marathon that morning. Yikes! What to do? So reception told us we could walk a few blocks down this tiny alleyway ... read more
Our Villa
The Patio
Our Bitch'n Ride!

Europe » Italy » Sicily » San Vito Lo Capo September 23rd 2011

Jenn and I met up with Laurie in San Vito lo Capo, Sicily just in time for the 14thannual Couscous Festival. For this 6 day festival, the town streets were flooded with people from all over the Mediterranean visiting tents that showcased wines, cheeses, olives and specialties from various countries throughout the region. There were street vendors set up selling knock off handbags, jewelry, and clothes of all sorts and men called “marquinos” trying to sell their random goods as they walked from person to person. The streets were also filled with live muscisians. In the Piazza, in front of the church, a large stage was set up where comedians, musicians and talk shows took place throughout the evenings. This particular year the theme for the Couscous Festival was Peace. Couscous is a staple food in ... read more
San Vito Lo Capo
Cous Coue
Photo 21

Europe » Italy » Sicily September 13th 2011

Second volcano in our Sicily trip. We originally planned to climb it, but at that time the volcano was very active and hiking path was closed. So we took a boat tour from the main island of Lipari to Stromboli. The boat was suppose to drop us on the island for couple of hours and then at night take us to the other side of Stromboli mountain to see the lava. We we were dropped on the island, we tried to do some little hikes. After lot of asking around, we found that its possible to hike up to a good vantage point. No one really knew the trail, but just pointed us. We kept walking, very tired from our Etna adventure, kept walking, no sign of lava or anything. Then towards the top, a "boom"! ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sicily September 12th 2011

Finally after hearing to much about Mt Etna, I had a chance to see it up close and climb it. We were a bit disappointed because top of Etna was closed due to high activity. Well, was also lucky since you actually have a chance to see a volcano in action. We took a bus from Catania and reached Nicolosi. We booked our trip with Etna Tourism (highly recommended). They provided us with a really nice and knowledgable guide. His car was car of a guy who lived his life on dusty volcano mountain. He was in love with Mt. Etna and it was very clear. We drove to starting point and then took a cable car. There was a short hike up since the top was closed. On the way the guide explained to us ... read more
Layers of Etna
Lava Bomb

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Favara August 25th 2011

once again we were on the coach with florence being the next stop. I seem to be getting very good at sleeping on the bus in slightly uncomfortable positions. We stopped of at pisa on the way, got our pictures of the leaning tower had some lunch and explored some of the streets. It was back on the bus after that. Once we arrived in florence at our camping ground and got that set up Dave took us to a leather factory which was really interesting. After the leather factory we had a local guide organised for us, she took us around all the sights, she liked to talk about the bricks on the church dome. There was lots of statues around the main square in florence, including the david replica. We then had a steak ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Taormina August 15th 2011

Monday 30th May to Sunday 12th June 2011 Monday 30th May 2011 Taormina/Letojanni Rest day as I now had symptoms of a cold as well as Tom. Tuesday 31st May 2011 Taormina/Letojanni Into Taormina to computer shop – but still no printer cartridges that I had ordered 3 weeks ago. Back to Letojanni village for a walk around. Started at the southern end of the village that we had not been to before and we found a shop that sold good beach chairs, snorkel and goggles, flippers and a towel - and they delivered them back to the campsite for us. Walked around some more, then back to the campsite to try out the beach chairs. The ocean had warmed up enough for me to go in for 5 minutes :-) . Finished packing up the ... read more
2.6.2011 - Puglia/Sorento
June 2011 - Puglia/Otranto - view of harbour
June 2011 - Puglia/Otranto - view of harbour

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo August 4th 2011

Our first day in Sicily actually started in Rome. We got up early and headed to the train station to catch our 7:30am train ride to Sicily. The train ride was 13 hours long and I think that really speaks for itself. It was pretty bad due to mainly being stuck at a repair bay for 2 hours while something was fixed. We arrived in Palermo at 8:00pm and made our way to the hostel. We got there and were instantly upgraded to the Columbia Hotel which was way better although being surrounded by wild cats! We then found an Indian takeaway joint down the road and ate our first decent meal all day. The next morning we got up and spoke to the manager at the hotel about getting our room changed as the air ... read more
Ustica Harbour

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