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May 3, 2017 - Agrigento to Palermo

Agrigento to Palermo - May 3-4 What can top the days we spent in Taormina and area; Agrigento and Erice!! Our drive through the centre of Sicily is lovely with rolling hills, lots of olive orchards and farmlands producing crops for the island and export. Along the way, we stop at the truck stops that have become routine. An espresso, quick panini or dolce and we're on the road again to explore. What we are learning is how diverse this island truly is. As our tour director says, Sicily is a plate of spaghetti. All mixed up. People like...

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Sep 23, 2016 - Sicily - Agrigento and Siracusa

Day 4 saw us leave Palermo for Agrigento via Corleone , mafia country. We had an extremely interesting talk about the mafia by a man from Corleone who had lived 10 years in England. He told us how the mafia began as a charity for poor people and grew into a criminal organization after WW2 and the arrival of the US army. The US Govt wanted to control Mussilini and got the mafia to help. There are now signs people put on shop fronts and generally in the town saying they won't deal with the Mafia. It is still active but mainly in drugs, people...

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Pam's Europe 2016

Jun 8, 2016 - Valley of the Temples

Elton made bacon and eggs for breakfast, which we ate out on the balcony listening to the birds and talking to the old dog laying on the sidewalk below. The off to the Valley of the Temples. We walked around for hours. It was amazing and very impressive. As I paid for the parking a man approached me and gave me a pamphlet for a restaurant and he suggested we go there for lunch... so we did. Great little place, Elton had Pizza and I had insalada. Excellent meal. Now off to the beach... we went to Scala dei Turchi. Here there is a beach like...

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Jun 7, 2016 - Agrigento

Today we got up and had breakfast in the hotel dining room. Very nice.. then we packed up the car and headed around the corner... still in the middle of no where to the museum. Here on the edge of the water where they produce sea salt for the past hundreds of year. We took the tour of the museum then walked around the property. It was amazing to see all the old tools they used and to see how little the process has changed. We bought some salt to bring home. Then headed down the road. We stopped in Sciacca for lunch in a little restaurant on...

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Sep 10, 2015 - Refugees, traveling in the wrong direction

First things first, After leaving the little Gaul Village that we all know so well, we left the hotel with it's friendly staff and drove to the archaeological site of "Valli Dei Templi". Four ancient temples built for purpose by the Dorians (who's that?) in dorian style. Beautiful weather and a nice spot to remind you how and why people were building this in the first place. Not a job for volunteers I suggest. Still archaeological discoveries are made here and there's a site where people are still brushing and cleaning the stones with...

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CLOET Industries™

Jun 8, 2015 - Agrigento

Woke up late, had breakfast, then spent some time finding how negotiate the Valley of the Temples as here are several entrances. We found a guide that was doing an English tour with a small group and joined it. There were people from all over: 2 couples from the island of Guernsey, a group of ladies from the U.S., and a family from Wales, whose mom was Italian. Our guide took us from one end of the temples to the other, a 2 1/2 hour tour and lots of walking. The Valley of the Temples is a misnomer, because it is actually a hill, not a...

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Jun 7, 2015 - Agrigento

We left our beautiful hotel in Taormina and hit the road for Agrigento, by the coast for awhile, but then inland which was wonderful. Lots of agriculture, especially citrus, olives and wine. Also an occasional castle on top of the hill. It rained again today, but every time we got out of the car, it stopped. I've never controlled the weather like this before! Agrigento is known for its Greek and Roman ruins. We saw the Temple of Apollo as we drove into the city, high on a hill and beautifully restored. We checked into our hotel right next...

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May 13, 2015 - It's a long way to Agrigento / Are people who live in Segesta suggestions?

We left Palermo at 8.30 and headed off to Segesta. It seemed to take forever to get there but actually it was just two hours. It was a long boring drive through the same kind of landscape. Nothing new... Beautiful countryside, beautiful coast. Segesta is home to an archeological site with the temple of doom. Segesta was conquered and totally destroyed 7 times and the temple was never finished so technically it's not even a temple. It was never dedicated to a God, and therefore had no value to the Christians so it never got destroyed along...

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The Italian Job

Oct 21, 2014 - Scala Dei Turchi

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Sicily has to say about Scala Dei Turchi: “One of the most beautiful, and least publicized sights in the Agrigento area is the Scala dei Turchi. This is a blindingly white rock shaped like a giant staircase that juts out into the sea near the small town of Realmonte, 15km west of Agrigento. Named after the Arab and Turkish pirates who used to hide out from stormy weather here, it’s a popular spot for local sunseekers who come to sunbathe on the milky-smooth rock...

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Oct 19, 2014 - Agrigento

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Sicily has to say about Agrigento: “Surrounded by green, Agrigento’s rows of bland modern apartment blocks curve around Sicily’s oldest tourist site (the Valley of the Temples, or Valle dei Templi), first put on the map by Goethe in the 18th century. In ancient times, Pindar declared that the people of Akragas were ‘built for eternity but feasted as if there were no tomorrow’. Nowadays modern Agrigento, one of the liveliest and most aggressive cities in Sicily, has...

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May 9, 2014 - Agrigento

Breakfast in our hotel was organized for 0830 hrs. Our host was a 24 year old economics graduate who received a non repayable grant from the government to start his hotel. In three years he has grown what was his grandmothers home into a 7 room hotel with 2 more rooms next year. In that time, he can account exactly how many people have stayed and for how many nights; he could probably outline future visitor trends if you were to ask. His entrepreneurial skills are obvious and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting him and staying at his Ibla...

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Sep 13, 2013 - Agrigento

Friday the 13th is a LUCKY day in Italy. Actually, as it happened, after a really good sleep-in I hurt my back, so not so lucky. Slowed us down. In pain I did the washing, but we put off going up to the Temples and to the beach. The kids played with the three campsite resident cats. Stan finished The Book Thief - "Stupid Death" was his verdict. And I rested. It turned out to be a good thing, because after an early dinner in a nice restaurant we went to see the temples up close at night, and there was also an Opera about to begin. It was...

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