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Oct 21, 2014 - Selinunte

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Sicily has to say about Selinunte: “The ruins of Selinunte are the most impressively sited in Sicily. Try to visit in spring when the surroundings are ablaze with purple, yellow and white wildflowers. The huge city was built in 628 BC on a promontory overlooking the sea, and for two and a half centuries it was one of the richest and most powerful in the world. It was destroyed by the Carthaginians in 409 BC and finally fell to the Romans in about 350 BC, at which...

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Aug 5, 2014 - In the Now

When riding up and up a long stretch, I rarely look far ahead to see where it ends and just keep plugging along, one pedal-push after another, and try to embrace the muscle burn as much as possible. As long as I keep moving forward, the road will flatten then fall, with balance restored. When people have asked me about the future over the years, I've always found it hard to answer. I graduated from community planning and believe the world works better with a thought out though flexible and reflective process, rather than some liaise faire...

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Aug 3, 2014 - The Journey or the Destination?

I don't know what I was thinking when I reserved a B&B just outside of Sciacca, in Casa San Marco. Well, I guessed I was simply seduced by the pictures of the beach and sunset. The reality surpasses the image, but does the end justify the means, the destination the journey? Today, as I've spent the day swimming and lounging on the shore and enjoying a beautiful sunset, and now wait fresh fish and grilled vegetables, sipping on a glass of dry white Sicilian wine, I'd say yes; yesterday after an almost 9 hr. 130 km ride into a constant...

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Mar 20, 2009 - High lights!

Thursday 19th March. Last night we stayed at what looked like a nice hotel at quite a nice price (!) but were disappointed at the plumbing and the bed. The laundry next door had a two day turnaround so that did not help matters either. Today we pressed on towards Sciacca but by way of a change via mountain roads with recommended good views. The day was almost perfect with only occasional clouds but the long views did have some mist, not the best photography weather but great for sightseeing. The countryside here is quite beautiful with...

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