Algila Ortigia Charme Hotel
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... day the water is a turquoise colour.
We drove into Giardini Naxos which is a really lovely port before heading up to Castemola. En route Christian took us to his friend’s restaurant/villa called Toutva. The views were spectacular. We asked if we could see the accommodation and were taken upstairs. The views were even better from up here. Rooms were very nicely furnished as were the gardens.
... houses. It seems they grow nearly everything in hoop houses here (even grapes). It is probably done to moderate sun and conserve water. We wonder what they do with all the plastic, given the lack of recycling and the problems with garbage in Sicily. The coastal plains and acres of plastic covered hoop houses gave way to mountains small fields neatly divided by stone walls as we approached Modica, a quaint ...
Yes today it is Catania in Sicily and the land of the mafia dons. This means I am taking big risks in revealing what we found on our wander round the city. There are enough clues to the need to keep your mouth shut including the top 3 songs in the local hit parade this week: 1 Silence is Golden 2 The Sound of Silence 3 When You Say Nothing At All Come on what were you expecting from me wit and repartee? Not easy when you break the Big O and you are running scared. The two ...
Today was a much needed relaxing day at sea. We laid in the sun and recharged our batteries after going non stop the past few days. Tonight is formal night so we are all dressed for photos, dinner in the steak restaurant and a great bottle of 2005 Opus One. After dinner we went to the casino in tuxedoes and gowns looking for James Bond and a Baccarat table. Only found 3 card poker and black jack. Broke even for the evening and off to bed. Tomorrow is ...
Having woken up to what first sounded like a bomb happen to be fire crackers. There are celebrations in the air as tomorrow is the festa of Madonna Della Catena, the patron saint of Aci Catena. Tonight there will celebrations all around the district. After breakfast Piña and Saro drove us into Catania to visit the Fiera a market similar to the Victoria Market. The only difference is that there is also a lot of piracy that is overlooked as it creates work for poor people. There ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet