Charme Ares B&B
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... every so often, build dikes and dams so we can keep our feet dry. The fish won't like it much, but why do you think God invented factory trawlers?
The Sicilian Way to Build a City: Build it on top of a hill, idiota. Farmland is for food. What, you don't like to eat? You mama droppa you onna you head?
The Right Way to Elect your Leaders: Don't get me started.
We picked up our rental car in Siracusa, made a quick run back up to Catania (short but boring story) then searched out the backroads and scenic routes in a roundabout drive to Noto. Happy to have the independence only a car can provide after relying on public transportation for several weeks. The busses and trains we've used have worked well and have been easy to negotiate. ...
... views of ancient churches and the aqua blue waters of the Mediterranean. Google Maps has sure made traveling easier. We used to sometimes hire a taxi upon arriving in a new town just to find our hotel among the tangled streets with few or no street signs, and with bizarre numbering systems. (Why is number 39 next to number 418? and why is number 88 directly across the street?) Now we often don't even have to enter the hotel into Maps. If we've made a ...
... hall and conference spaces. We enjoyed a fascinating private tour by a former student.
The fish market in Catania is also fascinating. Who eats all this fish? So much quantity and so much variety, from salmon to swordfish, candle-fish to cuttlefish, octopus to ostriche (this last one had me a bit confused until I realized it was not the big bird, but the little bivalve - oysters). Fascinating to watch the many vendors ...
I will miss the very laid back lifestyle of the Aeolian Islands. The next destination is Catania, Sicily. Its a ferry ride from Lipari to Milazzo. Bus from Milazzo to Messina, then another bus to Catania.
The road from Messina to Catania hugs the coast, very nice and green but it seems you spend a lot of time in tunnels.
Catania is a rather interesting and fascinating place. It is full of cathedrals and churches, Roman ruins and some wonderful architecture. It is like a ...