Tirreno Hotel -- Erice
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Trapani, Sicily. After our horrendous night at sea and hangover as a result of my little blue pill, (not alcohol) we ventured ashore after our late arrival into port. The skies were cloudy and the wind penetrated every part of us as we tried to navigate our way around this quaint old town, with it's baroque facades and lacy Gothic rose windows that adorn the churches and other ...
... our way up the side of one of the mountains surrounding Palermo and through small villages. I made one small navigation error and we ended up heading back into the village we had just left. More driving the wrong way on one-way streets, steep downhill turns on narrow streets, more women yelling at us, more waves and smiles from us. After 2 hours of navigating twisty mountain roads, over hill and dale, through lovely valleys and ...
... of the proud gates.
In the evening, we're driven to the medieval hill town of Erice. The hairpin roads wind up to a park and car-free cobbles and flagstones between ceramic stores and pasticcerias offering marzipan fancies. The most famous is Maria Grammatico's where we devour ...
The wind has picked up and sand blasts the sunbathers on the beach. It's uncomfortable to laze. We're saved by a call from a former neighbour in London, Nataly, a Russian friend married to 'Nando', a Sicilian. We're invited to stay with them and their family near Marsala. We change our travel plans to head there directly.
Amidst a ...
... are on offer from various stands, though our
choices are gone by 9.30pm. Participants buy a voucher for €10 to
exchange for a dish of couscous, a dessert and glass of wine. A local
band play Sicilian accordion favourites in Piazza Marinella and we get
roped into dancing. It's all good spirited, a late-night family event of