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... to the rocking of the ship the day before she had a mid day rehearsal. So we went into Catania which we had already ventured through when I was cruising with my parents. Rosie and I just shopped a bit, go wifi and ate arranchini's (those amazing rice balls that need to come to North America, they are unreal)
I ended up staying in port for awhile after Rochelle went back to the ...
My last day in Sicily is a good one! We arrive at Zia Ester's house in Siracusa and only stay long enough to drop off Marta so she can help cook. Nuccio and I walk the perimeter of Isla di Ortegia, which is a beautiful part of downtown Siracusa, another UNESCO site. It is surrounded by the Ionian Sea's clear, turquoise waters. We see fountains, churches and eat ice cream (Don't tell! We still ate ...
... don't even know how to label this week. Trying to help out around here was harder than pulling teeth. My Italian did significantly improve though, despite Nuccio's excellent English.Here are a few of the tricky words I kept mixing up:
- magari- maybe
- ancora- still
- anche- also
- presto- soon
- pronto- ready
- prima- first
- sotto- below
- tramonto- sunset
- cucciao- ...
... wasted a lot of the day going round in circles. This place is poorly signposted and the streets are tiny but eventually we are winding our way up the hill to Etna. It gets colder and colder the higher we go and there is heaps of either fog, or the cloud cover, can't decide which, so visibility is poor. When we get to the top we are underwhelmed. I don't know what I expected, but this barren landscape littered with lava rocks and a whole bunch of tourist buses, but not much else, ...
... while driving a large, bulky Peugeot station wagon, winding up a narrow road on a steep mountainside, past beautiful mansions built in the Bourbon period (18-19th century), to a 4th floor apartment with fantastic views over the city, and situated near one of the funiculars that takes you from the heart of the city to the heights above.
Over the next couple of days we visited the island of Procida, where a 4 course lunch at Ristorante Caracalè ...