Back to Mainland Sicily

Trip Start Feb 05, 2010
Trip End May 20, 2010

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Flag of Italy  , Sicily,
Friday, February 26, 2010

All prices in Euros per person

In the morning we walk along the beach again. I'm getting tired of seeing so much trash in Italy, so decide to pick some of it up rather than just complain. There are golf cart like carts I'd love to drive. I don't know how to drive, but I think I could manage one of those here. I notice a sign for Lamborgini carts. People drive slowly here but still I don't recommend listening to your iPod while walking since you need your wits about you

Hydrofoil and train to Cefalu whose motto is 'Tra Cielo e Mare' (between wind and sky).Catch a hydrofoil at at 11:50 am (20.3). It stops at Panerea, Salina, Lipari and Volcano. Smooth ride to Milazzo takes two hours. In Milazzo we need to get to the railway station. While waiting for the local bus, a rogue taxi driver offers us a ride. He gives us his story. He is 71 year old man and retired living on 700E pension. We explain we are on pensions too.  He used to be a bus driver and also drove in Germany for three years.  We negotiate a price of 6.5E for a ride. He tells us that Italian government is "no good" and gives us a gift of oranges.

We are lucky and arrive at the station just before a train departs. A two hour ride takes us from Milazzo to Cefalu (7.65E). As we walk from the railway station to our hotel we get great views of the huge rock which rises over the town. The lighting on it is great. The main sight of the town (population13,000) is the cathedral (Duomo) which is famous for its mosaic Cristo Pantocratore.

We listen to some of a sermon given by a Bishop. There aren't many attendees. I don't feel bad leaving in the middle since a few locals do the same.

We had made a reservation at the Dolce Vital. Our room has art with the Sistene Chapel - I thought we would have to wait until Rome to see that. We  go out to dinner and have pasta with tuna, tomato and garlic. Steve's effort to request extra garlic results in getting no garlic. We better study our phrase book closer.

When we get back there is a couple by our room who had reserved it and can't understand why we are there. It takes almost an hour, but we finally get someone to come and take us to the hotel next door. We don't mind switching hotels since the couple's last name was posted on the room door and they are passionate about staying there. 

We switch to the Casanova B&B. Like Dolce Vita it has a patio with an view of the sea. Our first night we have a small room for 45E. There is excellent wi-fi and someone there all day whose English is good.

Either hotel would be a good place to stay and are a minute walk from Cathedral. B&B
Dolce Vita and

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