Jolly Aretusa Palace Hotel
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After a few weeks in Sicily I'm starting to figure a few things out. It's becoming clear that there is a Right Way to do things (aka, the "American Way"), and then there is the Sicilian Way. Here are a few examples.
The Right Way to buy Fruits and Vegetables: Walk into the supermarket. If it's November then it's the perfect time to buy some asparagus because you'll be helping the ...
... 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.
... one upon the other. Diocletian's Ear, named by Caravaggio for its shape and auditory characteristics is a man-excavated cave said to have played host to Diocletian's political prisoners during the 4th century BC. Another of these "caves" excavated nearly 2500 years ago was, due to its advantageous length and humidity, used as a rope-making factory up until the widespread adoption of synthetic rope in the 1950's. Very impressive.
As we ...
... gritty and apparently "real" slice of urban Sicily. The B&B we stayed in was great, and was located in a working class neighborhood of shops and homes. Some of the neighborhood scenes were right out of The Soprano's, with seemingly idle men hanging around on cheap plastic chairs outside little restaurants or bars, maybe playing cards on a small folding table or just watching and commenting on the world going by.
I will miss the very laid back lifestyle of the Aeolian Islands. The next destination is Catania, Sicily. Its a ferry ride from Lipari to Milazzo. Bus from Milazzo to Messina, then another bus to Catania.
The road from Messina to Catania hugs the coast, very nice and green but it seems you spend a lot of time in tunnels.
Catania is a rather interesting and fascinating place. It is full of cathedrals and churches, Roman ruins and some wonderful architecture. It is like a ...