If you ask someone from Sicilia (“See-sheel-ya” as pronounced by natives), they might say they are still a separate country from Italy. They are only half joking! Although the people are as wonderful as their relatives to the north and the food as tasty, the culture is very different!
I leave tomorrow to go back to the states… Looking forward to seeing my family, but will certainly miss Italy! Here are a couple more shots from the Mt. Etna, coastal area. Once I get over my jet lag, I’ll go through my photos and find a few more!
Today we drove up Mount Etna as far as we could go… Beautiful views and a lot of fresh ash! A few days ago there was a small eruption that rained a bit of ash. They actually plowed the road up the mountain and nearby towns had small piles of ash swept from the streets. People here seem used to Etna’s intermittently cranky behavior!
Here’s another shot of the same piazza from the other night; a little more activity during the day. A group of 4 year olds were learning to play “football.”
We’re leaving Sicily tomorrow, but can’t wait to come back in September! We’d love to have you join us… See our website for more info.
The Mediterranean is a little cold right now, but not too cold for a little fun! Who doesn’t like to play in a little sea water sometimes?
Nothing like a bit of geology to go with your cultural history. Mt Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and has been smoking off and on for the last couple days. Here’s a seaside shot showing black volcanic rocks (some large enough to be considered islands) in the Mediterranean.
Many different peoples have inhabited Sicilia over the centuries but all have dealt with volcanic activity in some form. This area of Sicily will be an additional option on our fall photo tour.
Sicilian history is interesting and diverse…There’s more to Sicily than the Mafia! Join us and find out…
Today, we spent the day along the Mediterranean. The water is a bit chilly in March, but beautiful! Here are a couple images from the day… On the menu for lunch was handmade pasta tossed with fresh artichoke hearts, shrimp, garlic, oil and lemon… unbelievable!
The fishing village where we ate lunch felt a bit like a movie set. Here’s a shot from the ancient Piazza as well as some boats in the harbor.
Sicilia is beautiful, even at night! Here are a couple night shots from my first night here… Wonderful food so far, and fresh squeezed blood orange juice for breakfast in our hotel. Blood oranges are one of the main exports of Sicily and they’re so good!
Here are a couple more photos from Rome… Including one just for fun- great street performers in Rome. Just arrived in Sicily yesterday afternoon- I will get some night shots up shortly. It’s a beautiful island!
We are considering an optional extension to our future Italian workshops- a few days in Rome perhaps? Here’s the colosseum bathed in beautiful afternoon light- lots of great places to shoot here… What do you think?