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Travel Blogs from Modica
... bouncing kids in Santa outfits singing along to "So here it is, Merry Christmas Everybody's having fun" and diagonally opposite, speeches demanding action "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your euros!" This juxtaposition sums up this wonderfully interesting, culturally diverse place.
The dreaded Christmas Photo
Signora, I do love her dearly, but she has been priming both Signor e me for what seems like weeks for the "natale fotografia". We have tried it ...
... over 50% of the population were Brits was no problem - In Sicily, it's a different kettle of calamari altogether.
With the help of google translate, Signor e Signora list our requirements then visit and email local "immobiliares". We all visit one property in Modica but it is too small with little space for the motorhome. It was looking bleak, Italian agents shrugged and with hands to the heavens declared "grandi difficoltà". Then, good fortune again arrived, we approached ...
... pool. I am hoping the security cameras picked it up. Keep an eye out for a couple of old giggling wrinklies on U Tube.
Ortigia (Siricusa), Noto e Modica
They let me accompany them around these wonderful, architecturally exuberant, towns. A description would do them little justice, a visit is a must.
We are intending to rent a villa around this area in the winter.
You may remember in ...
... its Baroque style, Al Ragu - a great restaurant [found by us and not Sir Fred] - and its very friendly folk, Scicli's other claim to fame is that it has been the location for a number of films and a particularly successful [Italian] TV series, Montalbano. Commissario Montalbano is the main character in books written by Andrea Camilleri, a highly respected Italian crime novelist. The Montalbano series is very well written and those who like a ...
... a good deal tidier and happier than Calabria.
The journey to the south from Naples.
The difference between north and south Italy became apparent as we navigated dangerously through Naples on our way further south. Sad to write, but the joy of Italy gradually wore off as we passed lay-bys on roads and motorways strewn with detritus. I was not allowed out of the van lest I scoffed an ageing chicken bone. As ...