Kapoors Year 9A: Paris/Sicily/Myanmar/Nepal travel blog

We Settled Into Our Lovely AirBnB Flat Just As The Sun Was...

I Could See Mt. Etna Off To The Right, So I Zoomed...

This Ariel View Shows The Whole City, The Blue Dot In The...

The Next Morning The Skies Were Clear And The Snows On Mt....

We Set Off To Explore The Town, Stopping For Pistachio Ice Cream...

There Were A Ton Of Stairs To Descend To The Edge Of...

We Turned Left And Walked Along A Lovely Pedestrian Street Until It...

This Plaque Told Us We Were In The Heart Of Taormina, On...

This Fountain Was Probably The Main Water Source For Residents In The...

I Loved The Mermaid/Horse Carving At The Top Of The Fountain

I Turned Away From The Fountain To See These Two Lovers Strolling...

We Too Crossed The Plaza And Then Turned Right To Carry On...

I Was More Than A Little Surprised, And Pleased Too, To See...

We Passed This Outdoor Restaurant, All Set For Lunch, But It Was...

The ‘Trattoria Il Ciclope’ Was Established The Year I Was Born, What...

Further On We Stopped To Admire Our Favourite Actress, Photographed During A...

I Stopped To Puzzle Over This Sign 'A Free' 'Glasses' Of Wine,...

So Many Of The People On The Street Were Clearly Tourists Like...

When We Reached The End Of The Street, We Were Treated To...

We Turned Right And Within A Few Steps We Could See The...

A Little Further On We Could Look Back Towards Mt Etna Once...

This Is Clearly A Centre Of Culture, Here's A Mosaic Celebrating The...

It Seems We're Not Only Late For Opera Season But We're Early...

What An Incredible Setting For Musical Concerts And Dramatic Operas

This Shot Gives You A Better Sense Of The Size Of The...

As Soon As I Spotted The Fortress On Top Of The Distant...

The Skies Weren't As Clear The Following Morning, We Could No Longer...

From Our Vantage Point We Could See The Amphitheatre Nestled In The...

After Visiting The Church At The Top, We Began Our Descent Down...

The 'Way Of The Cross' Was Denoted With Several Metal Sculptures Such...

We Ended Our Excursion Back On The Central Plaza And Had A...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Sicily has to say about Taormina:

“Spectacularly situated on a terrace of Monte Tauro, with views westwards to Mt Etna, Taormina is a beautiful small town, reminiscent of Capri or an Amalfi coastal resort. Over the centuries, Taormina has seduced an exhaustive line of writers and artists, aristocrats and royalty, and these days it’s host to a summer arts festival that packs the town with international visitors.

Perched on its eyrie, Taormina is sophisticated, chic and comfortably cushioned by some serious wealth – very far removed from the banal economic realities of other Sicilian towns. But the charm is not manufactured.

The capital of Byzantine Sicily in the 9th century, Taormina is an almost perfectly preserved medieval town, and if you can tear yourself away from the shopping and sunbathing, it has a wealth of small but perfect tourist sites. Be warned that in July and August the town is choked with tourists and the only space left on the beach may well be next to the rubbish bins.

If you’re seeking more tranquility, check out Teatro Greco, Taormina’s premier attraction. This perfect horseshoe- shaped theatre, suspended between sea and sky, was built in the 3rd century BC and is the second largest in Sicily (after Syracuse), and the most dramatically situated Greek theatre in the world. In summer the theatre is used as the venue for the international arts festival, Taormina Arte.”

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