Noto….surprised by Italian street seller

“Enjoying my morning cup of tea when all of a sudden we hear rapid Italian outside doogie and it’s clear it’s directed at us…  didn’t understand a word of it…. turns out to be fresh fruit & veggies on our doorstep… if only we could get our door open… la porta non funziona…. we usually…

Donnafugata Links…

“So after breakfast it’s off to the golf and we start out by exclaiming determinedly that we wouldn’t be needing a trolley nor a buggy as we were carrying pencil bags and were most defini “So after breakfast it’s off to the golf and we start out by exclaiming determinedly that we wouldn’t be needing…

Rain! Rain!! Rain!!! Go away…

Rain Rain go away. After two plus weeks of of sensational weather it had to end and end it did in dramatic fashion.  High winds lashing rain other than it was still 15 degrees we could have been in a Scottish squall. We spent the night by the harbour at Marina Di Ragusa about 100k…

Piazza Armerina

After hoofing around the Villa Romana being totally mesmerised by its incredible mosaics we headed off into Piazza Armerina. We found a spot with a great view of the historical village and cattredale. The city of Piazza (as it was called before 1862) developed during the domination  of the Normans in Sicily (11th century). But the area had…

Villa Romana del Casale

After  an excellent lunch and walk around Agrigento. We found a fab restaurant in a little side alleyway, Milo was made welcome as he was in so many restaurants and bars and we ate a wonderful meal of Grilled Octopus, Tuna and Salad washed down with a local vino rosso!  Benissimo!!! After lunch we headed…

Agrigento and the Vallee Dei Templi

This was part of our adventure  we were really looking forward to most. Having visited many Greek temples, Parthenon & Korinthos and also at Paestum  in Italy, Valle Dei Templi at Agrigento is regarded as one of the true wonders of the ancient Greek world.  Their ability to create the most amazing cities, buildings and…

Marsala to Capo Bianco

After spending half a day marvelling at the Temple at Segesta we headed south to Marsala.. yes home of that famous drink.  The drink and the region was discovered by an Englishman in the 1860’s. Liked what he saw and tasted and decided to export it to the UK and so began Marsala as a…

Ive been to the mountain top!! Cornino and San Vito Lo Gabo

After a brilliant day in the mountain village of Erice we decided to find somewhere quiet to stay for the evening.  The plan was to kick back a little hike and enjoy some warm (ish) water. Cormino was our first stop.  The coastline is just stunning! We decided against hiking Mt Cornino as my knee…

Go west..vet wars & mafioso

Gingerly we set off for places west.. Trapani and the hilltop village of  Erice Erice is an 11th century village set high on a mountain overlooking Trapani. To  get there you can drive up the mountain or take the cable car..the views from the cable car looking over Trapani and out to the Islands especially…

Nurse…

After two days in Palermo it was time to head west for a lap of Sicilia.  Cities are great but we love small villages and the seaside.  And in Sicily why not. There are so many great places to stop..  We didnt get far  -15ks and we parked up by the coast guard in the…

These boots are made for walkin! Andiamo!

Time to get the walking shoes on.! Palermo is a fantastic city to walk around and walk we did. 11ks later included a visit to its famous Vuccira Mercato with a great pasta lunch, Teatro Massimo, Palazzos and generally soaking up the atmosphere with more vino, food and coffee. Couldnt go to a market without buying…

Lets go pazzo…Palermo… already gone pazzo

Sunday Night 8th November  Palermo Its always a buzz arriving in a new destination and Palermo at 8pm in the evening is absolute chaos with cars and people everywhere. I learnt from my year in Milan that with Italians you must be aggressive when you drive on their roads. Scooters small cars buses all want their…