Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
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Flag of Italy  , Sicily,
Monday, September 15, 2008

OK, so we found out where all of the tourists are in Sicily.  They are all packed into a centuries old cobblestone village home to a mere 10,000 people.  Taormina is the full package.  It is beautifully situated perched precariously on a rocky cliff right on the coast, has year round fabulous weather, wonderful sandy beaches, labyrinthine streets, and an ancient Greek theatre to boot.  When we got to the town it was of course scorching hot at about 36 degrees and our hostel (the only one in town) was a fair hike out of the town centre.  Once we did finally arrive we found that the hostel did not have our reservation.   We had a mixed reaction.  It seemed a little dodgy and run down, but it was the only place in town that didn't cater to the rich barons that filled the shops and streets.  The staff member at the hostel was nice enough to find us a room in a brand new place that they are building right in the heart of the action.  So not only did we get a new and improved place to stay, it was also in the town centre, had its own large terrace, AND it was the same price.  That worked out quite well.
We spent our first day trying to explore the town and all it has to offer, but we spent most of the time trying not to run into the hordes of vacationers and cruise ship groups that all seemed to have that there-are-too-many-things-to-look-at-so-I-will-look-at-them-all-without-watching-where-I-am-going oblivious saunter down pat.  We ended up finding a safe place in an Irish Pub (of course) that had some good eats and pints of cider to help quench the thirst created by having to play 'dodge the tourist' in unbearable heat for a few hours.
The next morning we got up to yet another gorgeous but swelteringly hot day.   We were told that it hasn't rained in the area since May!  For some reason we thought it would be a great idea to hike about 300 vertical metres up the mountain to the wee town of Castelmola.  We quickly understood why we were the only two people on the path up... whew.  It was more than worth it however as the town was really cute and the views were breathtaking.  Once we got back to town we decided if you can't beat'em, join'em, so we did our best to meander about the streets and just take in the views of some of the most beautiful coastline on the Mediterranean.
Tomorrow it is off to San Giorgio di Morgeto!!!
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