Boyzz in Sicily - March 2019

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Not business class, but had our own seat!

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We flew to Palermo from Valencia and then drove in our Hertz car/tank to SCOPELLO

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Along the road to Grace's Place, near, but not on, the coast. Lots of space and Grace adored baking - we had come to the right place
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A somewhat damp day in Palermo, so didn't get out to pose a lot in the rain. The Palatinate Chapel was dazzling. Mmm.. dry enough in this yummy cafe

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Scopello coastal scenery

Forward us Teds to MARSALA

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Hiked round the Greek Theatre & Temple in Segesta before bedding down in Marsala. Just posing on our flooded terrace, sun?
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Kept dry indoors with breakfast & a dinner nearby. Then explored more temples at the impressive Selinunte in a golf buggy

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Selinunte

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Back in Marsala, visited a wine shop, then really enjoyed tasting the local stuff in the Drunken Mermaid bar; we were quite a knockout there!

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On to the Domus Maris hotel in Sciacca. Admired the view, walked a lot, pigged out on an icecream, breakfast & a great dinner in Otto's
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Onwards little Teds to FAVARA

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We stopped en route at the Valley of the Temples, Agrigento; 2 kms with 5 large temples. Also a lovely garden with fresh juices
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Checked in at the Alba Palace, Favara: not a prosperous town, but authentic. Hotel dining room was odd - looked Chinese.
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A very enjoyable dinner in "U Maccicuni", friendly service, football enthusiasts! Above picture was in the Farm Cultural Park
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A long walk along the beach to the Turkish Steps:formed by marl, a sedimentary rock with a characteristic white colour
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The padre and us fellows almost got washed away - 2nd photo above- needed a coffee to recover, but no buns on sale!

Forwards in the tank to RAGUSA

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A ride in a lift to get to the San Giorgio Palace hotel; good views from the bed & from the breakfast. We did not make it to the
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madre's pre birthday guzzle but were there for lunch on the 28th at the 2star Duomo restaurant. Had a chat with Snr Sultano
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himself & were given special chocs. All this after a long walk up to the new, 18thC., town - the train seemed only for show!

CATANIA

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We walked for a couple of hours round Noto: a UNESCO city known for its baroque architecture. The dome of the cathedral collapsed in 1996- now rebuilt
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Then on to Syracuse and its Roman & Greek ( the more impressive one) theatres; at least they were a change from temples!! We were about the total audience!
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Finally checked in at the Catania Palace hotel. Dined twice in a Bib Gourmand, & once in the hotel rooftop, restaurant. The madre got spoilt with marzipans

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A long day's walking round Catania but the secret, hidden, amphitheatre was well worth it

 

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Pembroke was mighty excited this day -SNOW!!. An hour's drive to the base of the volcano Etna, and then, goody. goody, a ride in a cable car, and there it was, in all it's glory, snow!
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But the padres kept a stern eye on him,& he failed to stuff any down Somerville's jumper. Did not see it exploding! The madre bought Somerville some almond liquor. Safely down to molten lava

Then on to picturesque TAORMINA , the jewel of Sicily

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Stayed at the Maison Blanche with wondrous view - apart from our pokey bedroom. Welcome, public rooms and breakfast great
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The town was charming( once reached!), with an interesting public garden, and we had a good diinner in the Rosmarin Restaurant
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and a pleasant lunch next day in an Enoteca

 

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The Roman Theatre had a splendid setting and we certainly enjoyed the funicular more than the spiral ramp in the carpark!!
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and on to our final stop near CEFALU

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We stayed in the Abbazia Santa Anastasia- all the monks had long departed! Killing climb up to a great viewpoint - but 'donde el sol'?
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A wander round Castelbuomo, with a pauso of course, before back to dine in style in the Abbaie

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A damp explore of Cefalu - surprised we came out of our bag at all! The old washing area was interesting but, luckily, the
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Made it back to Nangalarruni's in Castelbuono for a large quantities lunch - great atmosphere, but we ate too much!.

And that was the end of Sicily and we could stop pretending we were always reading that guide book!

Just an Air Malta flight back to Malta, where we were put on a diet.

And, worse still, it was a wash and a quick machine spin once we got back to Spain. So, we are really looking smart now!!

Life of the Boyzz in 2019

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