A vacation within a vacation

Trip Start Dec 04, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Staying here was a nice change of pace for us, we were still able to do a lot of sight seeing, just spread out over 2 weeks.  The apartment we rented was brand new and very nice, we were extremely glad it had air conditioning.  Visiting Sicily in August proved to be difficult not only because everyone and their mom was visiting but also because everything shuts down and I mean everything.  Not one internet café was open and all the shops close down at some point during the month for a couple of weeks at a time.  We mainly wondered around and spent a few days at the "beach" a plywood platform that had stairs down to the water.  The water temperature was great and it was a good way to cool down on a hot August Sicilian day.  On one of the days we took a bus to Solarino, where Justin's great grandparents were born and married.  It just so happens that there was a beer festival taking place at the same time and we thought it would be great to go to our first Italian beer festival in the town where Justin's family came from.  There was just one problem, the last bus leaving Solarino left before the festival started, but of coarse we didn't know this until we got there and after we bought the tickets to the festival.  Oh well, we just left our tickets with someone at a bar and told them to give them a way or keep them for themselves.  Leaving Sicily was almost as hard as trying to get there, all the trains were booked up to a week in advance.  We bought an open ticket that would allow us to be on the train, standing the whole way for 14 hours.  It ended up not being so bad, some seats opened up and we didn't have to stand very long at all.  We got to Rome an hour late and missed our connecting train to Chiusi but luckily there was another one leaving almost right away.  The brother of the brewer, Gennaro also the sales guy, picked us up and took us out for pizza at 10:00 at night.  Welcome to the Italian life.
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