Category Archives: Sicily

A Farm Stay and Italy’s National Holiday

Cefalù’s glorious sunsets and evening strolls along its narrow, medieval lanes after the hordes had left held a lot of appeal.  But not enough to make me want to stay in the village on my next trip.  It would take a … Continue reading

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When Yellow and Blue Don’t Make Green

For a long time I wasn’t a fan of the ‘golden hour’, photographese for the brief period before sunset and after sunrise when everything is tinged with a warm, soft golden hue.  As far as I could tell, the only … Continue reading

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On the Other Side of the Mountain

Okay.  The north slope of Mt. Etna is not a gigantic bed of roses.  But it is a lot more lush than the south slope.  I was staying at an agriturismo surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. I didn’t even … Continue reading

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The Mountain – Part I

BUON ANNO!  It’s a bit late, but this is my first post for 2018 and I wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year! To start the year off with a bang –  hoping of course that Mother … Continue reading

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The Tree of 100 Horses

The fig tree in Palermo’s Botanical Garden (‘Giving Palermo Another Go’, Nov 30, 2017) got me thinking about another big tree I’d seen in Sicily.  I was staying in an agriturismo that from a Benedictine monastery in the 16th century had … Continue reading

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Postscript from Palermo

Following my last post (‘Giving Palermo Another Go’, Nov.30, 2017) I received a comment that put me in a bit of a quandary.  In addition to the lovely feedback – grazie, Jane – the reader also asked me for the … Continue reading

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Giving Palermo Another Go

The first time I visited Palermo I made two mistakes.  I learned about one of them halfway through my trip.  ‘Ah signora, said my concerned host, dopo aver guidato a Palermo non si è più lo stesso.’ After driving in … Continue reading

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