Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sicily - November 2015 (1)

Living in Malta one has the luxury of jumping onto the catamaran, car and all, and 60 miles one and a half hours later driving off for a few days discovery (or rediscovery) of the beautiful island of Sicily. A large island of extreme contrasts. From mostly tatty towns strewn all over the mountains and coast to majestic World Heritage sites and pretty villages sitting rather precariously atop the high steep hills which cover most of Sicily. If you can look beyond the initial 'not so good' impression one gets on driving into the average town and head for the 'Citta Antica' you will, no doubt, come across the ruins of the castle. It seems every hilltop town or village has or has had a castle which the town grew up around. This is where you will find the old and quaint part of the town and anything that is of interest.  If you are lucky enough that castle will actually have been renovated and open to visitors. If not just walk through the maze of narrow cobbled alleys, strewn across with the day's washing, and soak in the atmosphere.

Taormina was our first stop. Most people seem to make a beeline straight for Taormina but it has actually been many years since we last visited. For me it was quite a nostalgic trip back in time  revisiting fond memories (which I could confirm were not a figment of my imagination after all these years). Opting for accommodation even higher up at Castel Mola the views were stunning wherever you went and the spectacular view of Mt. Etna gave me a great opportunity to snap away with the camera early in the morning.


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Had a laugh with this chap


Clock tower Taormina

One of the gates in Taormina


Looking down from the far side of the Greek Theatre towards the sea - Taormina
Greek Theatre Taormina




Greek Theatre - Taormina

Taormina

Roof top - Castel Mola
Etna from our room in Castel Mola
Etna on the way to Nebrodi Mountains
Outside Cefalu

More to come.........


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