Introduction to Sicily
Trip Start Nov 14, 2011
131Trip End Feb 28, 2013
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This year of travel has taken Jeff and I to many places that we have always wanted to visit. It feels surreal to be able to pick and choose the destinations we would like to travel to. At times we had to set aside our fears and anxiety, take a chance and just go for it. I have to say though for some destinations, there was never any hesitation to just go for it and travel - Italy certainly falls into that category. Over the years I have spent many enjoyable times in Italy from my backpacking days to business and personal trips. Although I have visited many areas of Italy there are always more places to explore. One such area is Sicily. Since Malta is so close to Sicily, it was inconceivable that we wouldn't include Sicily in our year of travel.
To start our Sicilian adventure, we flew to Catania, picked up our rental car and drove to Siracusa
Jeff and I spent a lot of time in the Piazza del Duomo as this pedestrian square seemed to be the hub of activity. At night the square truly comes alive. People are out and about eating and drinking at the many outdoor terraces or taking their nightly walks while eating a gelato. Street performers and musicians entertain the crowds while street hawkers sell their goods – mostly toys and balloons for the kids. On one night, I was intrigued to see a group of children positioning themselves very obediently in a semi-circle within the square in front of one of the street performers
During our many walks through Siracusa and especially the area of Ortigia, I felt that I finally understood the concept of living in the moment. With the heat of the sun and relaxed pace of Sicilians, you can’t help but be influenced by this way of life. Jeff and I even took to having a siesta during the day to rest up so that we could enjoy the evening with a late dinner and take a promenade while having our gelatos (like the Sicilians) when the temperatures are cooler and more enjoyable to be out. From this initial introduction, Sicily seems to be a different place from the other locations we have visited in Italy. Sicily is a bit untamed, less refined but all the more interesting to explore and discover. Perhaps this is why people from Sicily will tell you that they are Sicillian before they will tell you that they are Italian. I can’t wait to see what else we’ll uncover in our week of travel through the island of Sicily.