High and Low

Trip Start Jul 09, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Villa near Acireale

Flag of Italy  , Sicily,
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Today we set out to Taormina, a resort town perched amongst the cliffs about 30 minutes north of Acireale. It’s quite touristy but I love it, with its bustling, quaint streets and spectacular views over the sea and towns below. The best views are from the Greek theatre (man, those Greeks and Romans really got around), looking back on Taormina and at Giardini Naxos below alongside the sea. Gorgeous – worthy of 50 photos at least. I don’t know what I’m trying to do, but I need to get a little restraint on my index finger because I’ve already taken a LOT (probably at least 5000) pictures. Actually I do know what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to take professional-looking photos that could be sold or put into competitions. Nothing wrong with that I guess, except I need to get some critical feedback on my technical and artistic skills and how to market my photos. They won’t do any good just sitting on my computer, other than for my and your viewing pleasure.

After lunch in Taormina, we journeyed out to a natural phenomenon called the Gole dell Alcantara. Essentially it's a narrow and deep canyon with a river running through it that you can swim in. Unfortunately the best part of the canyon was closed but we trekked down a steep staircase to see part of it. The water was freeeeeezing – I don't know how anyone could have swam in it!

After our brief stop at the Gole dell Alcantara, we drove back to Giardini Naxos for some quality beach time! It was a hot day and after all the sightseeing we have been doing we really appreciated a chance to relax and get some sun on the rest of our bodies. It wasn't quite as peaceful as it could have been, however, due to the frequent interruptions from vendors scouring the beach trying to sell anything from jewellery to clothing to sunglasses to massages. I'd heard about this phenomenon before from friends who had travelled to Mexico, but it was interesting to experience it firsthand. I found the best strategy for discouraging an approach was to plug in my iPod and look like I was sleeping. The water was wonderful. It felt SO good to be back at the sea. I could have just floated around for hours.
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