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... some southern hemisphere country. But today we want some fruit. The peaches look pretty good. Pick one up and squeeze it. Hard as a rock? Try another one. And another. All of them hard as rocks? Buy one anyway, because that three bucks is burning a hole in your pocket and because they look so good and maybe it will ripen on the kitchen counter. Then you can enjoy picking around all the bruised parts caused ...
... golden colored sandstone. The monumental churches and municipal buildings are simply stunning in the late afternoon light. After admiring the main buildings and piazzas we wandered away from the main center and found a little wine bar where we enjoyed a few glasses, some antipasti and conversation with a young British couple spending there last night in Sicily. So sad.
... boasts a beautiful piazza fronting the city's duomo, surrounded by impressive buildings dating mostly from the 1700's. The duomo itself is built over the ruins of a third century BC Greek temple, incorporating many of the temple's original columns into its structure. The Piazza is paved in large, smooth white blocks reminiscent of the streets and plazas of Dubrovnik. The place is particularly attractive after dark with the main buildings softly ...
While in Catania we took in a performance of the opera Rigoletto, by Giuseppe Verdi. Of course we couldn't understand a word but by boning up on the basic story line and characters ahead of time (thanks, Wikipedia) it was quite enjoyable. The 125 year-old Teatro Massimo Bellini is spectacular (Vincenzo Bellini is a hometown hero, having been born here in 1801). We sprung for the cheap seats in the "gallery" nose bleed section ...
... 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.