Il Labirinto B&B
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... br> The Right Way to Build a City: Find a really flat area. Since that's likely to be farmland, tear out the fruit trees and plow under the row crops. We can always get our food from really exotic, faraway places like Chile and the Central Valley. Why do you think God invented deisel 18 wheelers, anyway? Build your city. Since your really flat former farmland got that way because the river that created ...
... gearbox and properly spaced foot-pedals, making redlining and gear-shifting on the tight and steep roads pure joy). But hey, the freedom thing still applies.
And the countryside is gorgeous. Much of Sicily is very rugged terrain, whether along the shoreline or far inland. We traveled the narrow, steep and windy roads, stopping in the little villages ...
... Jewish baths built during Roman times but closed around 1492 and only rediscovered 25 years ago. Used for ritual cleansing purposes, the baths were built in at the location of an earlier Greek well, about 60 feet below street level. When Jews were expelled from Sicily in the 15th century, the entrance was bricked over and the Mikvah was only rediscovered during a renovation of the Casa Bianca, now a high-end hotel.
Next morning we left ...
... back of his car (not a taxi, but any dry port in a storm). A few minutes later we were doing our best to dry out what we could on the train platform while the storm continued to flash, blow and dump. The train station is on the water, so we could watch the waves crashing and the lightning flashing over the Mediterranean.
Despite this rather wet departure, I liked Catania a lot. Not a big tourist destination, but a ...
... evening, making it nice for long walks.
I have enjoyed taking part in the Sicilian way of life. I cannot believe at how lucky the Italians are when it comes to fresh produce, and how cheap it is. The peaches, nectarines and apricots are amazing and for under $2 a kilo. I even saw peaches the other day, freshly picked for 80 cents a kilo. And you dont have to look far for a fruit stall as they are on nearly every street corner. I have loved being able to eat so much fresh fruit.