Where is the bloody sun?

After crossing from Switzerland toward Italy  via the Gottard Tunnel all 17ks of it, the weather had taken a real turn for the worse. Such a shock to the system! The further south we went the worse it got and after crossing the border at Lugano we headed south west to an old favourite stopping…

When a plan is not a plan

This adventure had been delayed by my hip and back injury which was severely restricting my ability to walk (500 yards at best) or stand. After a productive  BizjetMobile meeting with Pilatus at Stans Switzerland it was time to head south to Milan where we agreed we would make a decision as to whether we…

Giddy Up Neddy!!

Horses were always Janice’s thing until she took me to see the cross country and show jumping at the Sydney Olympics.  On our bucket list of things to do was to go to one of the UK’s biggest Horse shows. We now have done both Horse of the Year at NEC in Birmingham – an…

Arrivederci Sicilia………..almost

Palermo is a wonderful vibrant bustling city, full of energy, great architecture, restaurants and shops. One of its true highlights is its street markets and today would play a big part in our day. We booked a day with Vincenso at the restaurant Cin Cin to learn how to cook some Sicilian specialties. http://ristorantecincin.com/ It turned…

Mondello

Our lap of the map was complete. The drive from Cefalu to Mondello which is on the western side of Palermo was an easy hour.  We had spent the first three nights of the trip laid up there because I could not walk due to a knee injury so it was time to go back,…

Taormina…Sicilys Most beautiful City

Set on a promontory over looking the Ionian Sea and Isola di Bella Taormina with history dating back to 500bc is definitely the up market home of Sicily. With its beautiful narrow streets and lanes, characterful architecture, and stunning views its not hard to see why. It has was long regarded as one of the…

Cefalu – due prosecco per favor!

We woke up at Taormina and the motorhome was covered in light coating of volcanic dust from Etna which was continuing to pump smoke and dust into the Sky. It was time to make our way back to Palermo along the north coast. First stop was an overnight on the beach at Milazzo. The plan…

Catania and Mt Etna

We arrived early evening and found a great restaurant Trattoria DI Baccala on the sea front where we had an excellent meal and beautiful bottle of the local etna wine Cerneca named after a small locally bred dog.  Plus lots of the facciamo de noi – made by the restauranteur – the mandarin version of…

Someones knocking on the door ..let em in!

Syracusa. Originally on the list of places to visit technical matters determined it would only be an overnight stop only.  The side door lock was sticking when you tried to get out which meant that every exit was out the drivers door to open the door from the outside!  Pain in the arse! First Fiat…

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…