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A glimpse of Sicily’s wonders, Sicily, 2015

Pfiou, the last 2 months have been extremely busy. Today is actually the first time since my short trip to Siciliy at the start of June that I have more than 5 minutes to write about it. I mean it’s summer (yes, in England! and a rather nice one I should say), I might as well enjoy it, right? Now, let’s get on the time machine and go back a month and a half ago…

Its Saturday 30th of May 2015, 10:25am, I land in Catania, on the east coast of Sicily. The plan for the next 3 days has been arranged: Taormina, Mount Etna and Syracuse, nicely wrapped up with sun, wine and food. What else does one need?

I meet with my parents and we head to our first destination, Taormina. It is a coastal town built on a cliff by the greeks, which has gained popularity along the centuries with tourism. And it owes its attraction to its founders, who had great taste for the grandiose and breathtaking. Imagine this: sitting in a greek theatre in a remarkable state of conservation, with the deep blue Ionian sea and Mount Etna capped with spotless white snow for background. It’s absolutely gorgeous! (I imagine you thinking: “he’s got to show us a picture!”) Well I won’t. Here is the drawback… the site is used for outdoor performances during the summer, a wooden scene is covering the stage and metallic seats have been installed… what a waste… I’m gutted! Now I need to compensate, and what is better than good italian food and wine to do that?

Followed by a lovely walk through the historic centre of Taormina, revealing all its charm at night…

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I wouldn’t have thought that there would be so many Greek remains in a country of which history is dominated by the Romans. But there is another city, often associated to mathematics and romance (not that I am suggesting both go well together), which deserves a detour. It’s Syracuse. Home to the famous Archimedes, what the Greeks have left is truly remarkable. From the theatre, here being prepared for summer performances…

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… it’s not difficult to understand why poets and lovers favour this city to look for inspiration.

But unfortunately, it’s already time to abandon the charm and warmth of Sicily and fly back home. I usually never go to the same place twice. But this time, I know that I have only caught a glimpse of Sicily’s wonders and there are plenty more to discover. Starring at Mount Etna as the plane gets higher in the sky, I already imagine what my return could be like. Why not a cycling trip along the west coast? 🙂