Hotel Mercure Siracusa Prometeo
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... your food choices. Choose whatever Sicilian bottle that strikes your fancy, confident that: 1) it will not be more than $25, more likely $15-$20; 2) it will be delicious; and 3) the restaurant's markup will be about $5. Feeling flush? Why not splurge on something imported, maybe something from Italy. You might pay $40 or $50 for something really special. Guess what the restaurant's take is. About $5.
We picked up our rental car in Siracusa, made a quick run back up to Catania (short but boring story) then searched out the backroads and scenic routes in a roundabout drive to Noto. Happy to have the independence only a car can provide after relying on public transportation for several weeks. The busses and trains we've used have worked well and have been easy to negotiate. ...
... the hotel just magically show up. Just point and click. Google knows everything about us. Sure hope Google and Santa Clause don't compare notes.
After settling in to our room we went out to stroll the island and to find something to eat.
Ortigia is heavily influenced by tourism, but for some reason I found it quite charming rather than tacky like many other tourism-dominated towns. Part of it was, I think, a true local artist ...
... hall and conference spaces. We enjoyed a fascinating private tour by a former student.
The fish market in Catania is also fascinating. Who eats all this fish? So much quantity and so much variety, from salmon to swordfish, candle-fish to cuttlefish, octopus to ostriche (this last one had me a bit confused until I realized it was not the big bird, but the little bivalve - oysters). Fascinating to watch the many vendors ...
... working museum. My only grip is the place is rather dirty, it seems there cannot be any deterrents to litter. There is litter everywhere, plus you must be careful walking on the footpaths as people do not pick up after their dog does a ****.
One thing i have noticed is that it is rare to see an undamaged car. From dents to scratches, from old to new, all have some sort of accident damage.
Have been lucky with the weather, every day has been in the mid 20's, and cools off ...