Apr 26, 2008
So after an enjoyable journey South through Italy we finally arrived at our destination point - Sicily. Above all Floridia, the small town where my father was born and where many of my relatives still live (or atleast live nearby). It was great being able to meet some of the relatives in Sicily and speak with them in Italian without too much difficulty. Everyone was so genuinely happy to see us, and welcomed us into their home with incredible and absolutely fantastic meals they had prepared. I ate sooooo much! We spent about 10 days in Floridia and while it was wonderful meeting everyone I was exhausted by the end of it, so many new faces of relatives that I knew I had but had never met before. Of course we spent most of the time getting to know each other and I learnt alot about my family and got to see many photos that I'd never seen before. It's one thing to know that you have family in another place, but to meet them was for me like something completely unreal. Very strange but something that I am very grateful for. Some days Dad and I headed off to see some of the sites like the archaeological park which was back breakingly dug out by thousands of slaves, and we saw the Sicilian coastline, and ate almond granitas with brioche which is a local specialty of Floridia and has to be one of the best things I've ever tasted. After eating all the wonderful meals that my relatives prepared, and enoying all the local specialties of the area where my Dad's family came from, I can say without reservation that it is the best food in the world - even though I know you're not meant to say these things because every nation's culinary traditions are so different. But hey, I'm saying it anyway!