Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Some Windsurfing Shots from Today

Some shots taken today in 35 knot winds at Ghallis. A bit grainy as they were all far out on the point, but looked like fun out there.

Casualty - broken fin

Launching and getting out again is not always so easy

Sicily - November 2015 (2)

From the Nebrodi Mountains and over to Castelbuono on the edge of the Madonie Mountains.
Pictures speak for themselves.

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One of the Agriturismo Bergi dogs. Great company on walks.

Another Bergi dog and walking companion. This one was such a character
Part of the beautiful grounds and terraces the Bergi has to offer

The Bergi goats - quite a hairstyle!
Couldn't have had a better terrace with views
Some of the view from our terrace

Trying to be creative!

Wished I could bring this olive wood log back home with me.

Olives everywhere

Pretty wooded windy roads through the Nebrodi Mtns

Nebrodi region
Cemetary in Enna - they go up instead of underground

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


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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