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Jun 16, 2019 - Valley of the Temples - Agrigento

After breakfast in the piazza at Terrasini we headed off for our two hour drive (160kms) across the island to Agrigento. Most of the island's land is dedicated to agriculture with grapes, almonds, citrus, olives and durum wheat — the basis for pasta. On the way we stopped to admire the stunning white cliffs of Scala dei Turchi, the name Stairs of the Turks seems to derive from the fact that in ancient times the ships of marauding Arabs and Turks found shelter in this bay. The cliffs seems to intensify the turquoise waters of the...

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Jun 15, 2019 - Goodbye England, hello Sicily

Grae celebrated his birthday with family the day before we flew to Sicily, we had a roaring fire and warmed mulled wine as it was cold and wet, almost felt like Christmas in June for us. Our Ryanair flight out of Manchester took three hours and we arrived in Palermo just after 9.00pm due to a half hour delay before departure. We picked up our Fiat 500 hire car at the airport and drove the 15 kms to Terrasini where we are booked into the Palazzo Graziano (a 400 year old mansion) for two nights. The palazzo is in the main square and our room...

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May 20, 2019 - Goodbye Sicily and hello Sardinia

Sunday May 12 Before bidding Julian farewell, we wandered around the flea market located by the park near the harbour. They were selling all sorts of tatt – fun seeing what people have collected over the years and think they can off load. Monday May 13 While Gen went in search of an electronics shop, I wandered off to see the catacombs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catacombe_dei_Cappuccini - amazing – shame couldn’t take photos but hopefully this link will give you an idea:...

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Summer 2019

Sep 21, 2018 - Highlights from the Boot and Ball Tour

As we finish our Boot and Ball Tour and gear up to traverse back across Sicily to spend a few relaxing days and nights at Jim’s place, we’ve uploaded some photos from Debra’s phone to highlight the tour. Will post some highlight photos from Karen’s phone later.

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Sep 20, 2018 - Palermo

The 165 k journey from Agrigento to Palermo took 3 hours- combination of winding roads and many road works to delay but I enjoyed the slower travel with the chance to see the countryside now preparing for sowing crops. Palermo is crowded with cars competing for space and many traffic jams, but some of its main streets are car free. Siesta is the rule here from 1to4 but not in the tourist part of the city where there are so many shops competing for the tourist dollar but more sadly people from the Middle East or Africa with small tables set...

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Sep 20, 2018 - Nearing the end of the Boot and Ball Tour

So here we are in Palermo Sicilia, second last day of our Boot and Ball Tour. What a tour it's been... beginning to think it's a little too fast paced for us lol I mean, when do we get time to do some washing??? Yesterday we arrived at the hotel in Agrigento, set on the "sea side". It was allegedly a Best Western... we'll leave it at that. Soon after arriving a thunder storm came through. Magnificent to watch but it put a dampner on our afternoon plans. We're to go and visit The Valley of the Temples. We were told the tour goes on...

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Sep 14, 2018 - Palermo, Sicily

After leaving the lovely city of Alghero, we traveled to Oristano via Bosa. We stayed at a period hotel. We were some of the fortunate ones where everything in our hotel room worked. On Wednesday, we stopped at the Roman ruins of Tharros. Yesterday we toured an archeology museum and then headed to the airport for a flight to Rome and then another to Palermo. Our first flight was late and then we missed the second one. There was room on a later flight so we arrived at our hotel about 10 pm. Today we toured the city with stops at several...

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Italian Islands 2018

Jun 3, 2018 - continuing on.....

Wednesday 23 May Left mid morning and headed for Trapani where we hope to get some good provisioning in and access to chandlers and most importantly have the outboard looked at. Took up a morning near the boat services and the proceeded to investigate what is available. There was a Mercury service centre which we got directed to. We had problems finding it at first but then a kind mechanic drove us to the place, which we would never have found on our own. Gen described the problem (and in the process learned a few more technical terms in...

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our 2018 adventure

May 12, 2018 - Ferry to Palermo! Welcome to Sicily!

Time to board the boat in Tunis to Palermo! This time, due to scheduling issues, we had booked through Direct Ferry with Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV). We decided to take a taxi out to the port instead of the handy train (the very same one that links Tunis with Carthage and the picturesque Sidi Bou Said), spending basically our last Tunisian dinars on the ride. As we waited in line to check in, I sensed we were in trouble when I didn't see our ferry listed on the electronic board. Sure enough, it was delayed until the next morning. All the...

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May 12, 2018 - Palermo

Saturday 12th May: Back to Palermo. Today we had the long trip back to Palermo so another early start. However, as we drove inland we detoured south past Piazza Armerina to visit the famous Roman Villa del Casale, another UNESCO site. This very large villa was completely covered by a landslide and lay hidden for 700 years before being rediscovered in 19th century. The mosaics are extraordinarily vivid and deal with many subjects from mythological scenes to portrayals of daily life. Near Piazza Armerina, we stopped for lunch at a lovely...

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May 7, 2018 - Palermo

Sunday 6th May: The hotel ran a shuttle to the airport every half hour so again it was a short ride back for our flight to Palermo at 10am. There we had to wait a short while for the airport bus into town and we bought our return ticket for next Sunday. The stop nearest our hotel, the Mecure, was Piazza Politeama, a very large and attractive square with a big theatre at one end. We trundled our way the few blocks to the hotel (thank goodness for traveling light!) and found our room. As we were not meeting our tour group until 6.30pm, we...

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Mar 13, 2018 - Palermo:Sicily

Our overnight ferry ride was perfect and the relatively easy boarding process was quite humorous. For something a little different all cars for this one had to reverse up the ramp and into position. For some that didn't go well. The expected double-bunk cabin turned into a spacious suite with all the facilities. We were ecstatic. To celebrate, we opted for the full bit and dined out with fillet steaks and mushrooms plus the necessary red vino. It was like we were on a real five star cruise liner. :-) :-) Once berthed at Palermo we set out...

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the islands

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