Day 3: The Wind and Waves of Selinunte!

Trip Start May 30, 2013
Trip End Jun 29, 2013

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

The clanging and tinkling of the sheep's bells and an occasional baaah that can be heard but not seen, the rustle of the wind through the olive trees and other green leafy plants and flowering shrubs of the garden at Villa Sogno, all complete a quiet memorable day. As I sit here in the late afternoon under an olive tree, those of you who know me won’t think me crazy when I say that my body is still vibrating from the energy of the ancient ruins of Selinunte.  While yesterday we visited Segeste on a hillside, Selinunte is located on a promontory between what was once two rivers and are now just streams, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.  The waves coming into shore with their steady beat came not so far from Tunisia on the African shore just across from us (I think I have the geography correct).  The sound of the waves and the wind were with us most of the time as we walked this vast site, inhabited some 2,500 years ago.  I can hear them now.  It was so peaceful and calm – as we walked through the temples and saw the tumbled columns that were larger than any of us – time – all of today’s this and thats just slip away – and the everlasting movement of the wind and waves that have always been here continue on and continue on

The conversation with the ocean and wind continued as we walked the breakwater in the seaside town of Marinella del Selinunte, just minutes from the archaeological site.  The small colorful fishing boats, painted white, blue, green and yellow were safely tied to the dock of the protected harbor while the waves rumbled deeply as they fell against the breakwater. 

I feel so full of love.  On June 13th, Harvey & I   will be celebrating our 42nd wedding anniversary. Today, is Barry & Karen’s 40th wedding anniversary. How extraordinary!  At lunch we lifted our glasses and toasted our enduring loves and our appreciation of each other as friends.

I just want to sit now under this olive tree and soak in the day.

Peace to you.


Bring your own map and information about Selinunte.  The office where you buy the entry ticket did not have any literature or map available.  There are a few sign posts along the walking paths, but if you have any curiosity about the place, bring your own materials.  At a minimum, a map! 

Bring a picnic lunch and find a spot to hang out and enjoy the energy of Selinunte.  We had planned to see the first area closest to the ticket area and then go out to the town for lunch and then re-enter to walk to the other area.  But the curiosity and enjoyment of the Selinunte grasped us and we lost track of time.  We didn’t have food or water with us and we walked the entire site!  So, bring water and a snack and fully enjoy!

When we made our reservation at Villa Sogno we asked them if we could check-in early and leave our luggage while we visited Selinunte.  We didn’t expect to have our room ready, but we wanted the security of leaving our luggage some place safe.  This was no problem at all.  As it turned out Cinzio and Laurenzo were both there when we arrived and our rooms were ready. 

If you stay at Villa Sogno, plan to spend some time in the garden!  It is just so peaceful that it invites my heart to open and rest.

Lunch was just a short drive away from the archaeological site called Trattoria Pizzeria, Via G. Caboto,132.  It’s easy to find as you drive out from the main archaeological site and follow the signs towards restaurants.  The pizza, wine and water with a side of fresh tomatoes was delicious.  The pizza dough had some good flavor.  And oh, the bread in Sicily!  Every place we go it has a different texture – we love trying, tasting and dunking in olive oil with salt and pepper.  In two days, we now have eaten more bread than an entire month at home!  It’s vacation and it’s okay to indulge don’t you think?

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Peta on

Thank you for your wonderfully written tales of sicily. I am here now and waking up to read them is a delight.

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