Friday, July 13, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

la vita è bella in sicilia

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The first weeks on Sicily we walked an average of 10 km per day, so we finally decided not to go on the Etna the last day. Time to relax on the beach the last days of our holiday.

Sicily may be part of Italy, however it's separated geographically and culturally and the island is rich in its own dramatic history. Blessed by a wonderful climate and welcoming people, proud to share their beautiful island with you. With a wealth of art and archaeological gems, historic cities, medieval villages, truly superb food and stunning nature. Sicily surprised us.

La vita è bella in Sicilia!

Friday, July 6, 2018

il manifesto

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On the second day of our stay in Palermo, we came across a bright billboard, on the way to the botanical garden.

We tried to find out the artist of this striking drawing of the woman with lilac & yellow headscarf. So we looked it up and initially thought the number 863 on the sign, would lead us to the artist. Not...

On our way back, we even tried loosen the poster from the billboard (I have to admit), but it was stuck on dozens of layers of posters. In the end we decided to photograph the poster and make a poster of it later.

After a few days when we past this place again on our way to the station, we came to the conclusion that 'our' beautiful poster was covered by a supermarket advertising. What a shame! (for an unknown cola brand, how irreverent...)

Luckily we still had the photo! And luckily now there is a new version at our home, a splendid souvenir of Sicily.

Just in case there's someone who knows the name of the artist, I would really like to know.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

aci trezza

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Aci Trezza is a small village in Sicily, 10 km north of Catania.

Located on the coast of the Ionian Sea, Aci Trezza is a popular spot for Italian vacationers in the summer. We visited in the preseason, so it was still fairly quiet.
On the coast of Aci Trezza there are three tall, column-shaped islands. According to local legend, these great stones are the ones thrown at Odysseus in The Odyssey. The islands of the Cyclops or "isole dei ciclopi" are located below Mount Etna, which looms over the village to the northwest.

We drove with our small Fiat 500 to Aci Trezza and made a boat trip with the most charming elderly local fisherman around the islands of the Cyclops.

After our boat trip we stayed on a 'lido solarium' above the lava beach and when we returned to the parking, we were lucky, because we ended up in the middle of a Godfather scene, when a newly-married couple got out of church.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

vermut

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Our favorite hangout in Catania was V E R M U T, a salumeria, vineria and vermouth bar.

Such a cool alternative place! Unique in the city. The atmosphere is cozy informal and the quality of the food and drinks is very good. The best Sicilian organic food, made with love and served on a piece of greaseproof paper and salads in plastic baskets. Also the interior is so inspiring and pure. Every evening we had dinner between the locals on the crowded terrace. The more busy it became, the more tables and chairs were brought out, by the very dedicated and friendly staff.

Normally we never eat at the same place twice, but during our stay in Catania we had dinner at Vermut four times in a row. If we would live in Catania, it would become our favorite bar. The menu was surprising with dishes enough to choose, try and test something new every night.

My favorite 'aperitivo' was Dopo Teatro Cocchi vermouth. It’s a rare evening vermouth, served in a small glass with ice and lemon.