Castiglione di Sicilia

Trip Start Jul 30, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Le Chevalier

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Tuesday Oct 17th - We had a bit of trouble finding the Europcar office.  But eventually we were heading out of the city of Catania towards the Autosrada heading north.  We got off the highway near Calatabiano and drove up the hills towards Mt Etna.  We made a quick stop in Piedimonte Etneo and sure enough we ran into my cousin Ciccino.  He was happy to see us and we explained that we were heading to Randazzo and would return later in the day.  Off once again we were making our way around the volcano on the north side.  We stopped off at one point thinking we saw lava, but it was just a small brush fire... no lava.  In the distance we spotted Randazzo.  It is a nice town with great architecture and a lot of history.  We stopped at the commune to get info on a cousin of mine that we were told (after a wild goose chase) lived in the town.  Turned out she had passed away.  But the gentleman that was helping me out soon was on the phone.   Turns out he knew my cousins son that lives in the next town.  Unfortunatly he was at work and his wife was confused when we said we were not Australian.  She said to call back when he was home from work.  We took what documents and information we could and took a little drive through the hills stopping at the cemetery to visit my cousin, then back to Peidimonte Etneo.  Visiting w/Ciccino, showing pictures and telling stories.  We ended up heading to Castiglione di Sicilia to spend the night.  This is the town where many generations of my family were born.  We stayed in a B&B we had visited two years prior called Le Chevalier.  It is essentially a fully furnished private apartment with a great view off the balcony, 40 euro a night.

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