TREK TO THE SEA

And, we’re back…
On Monday we ended up in Scopello and Ted and I landed a 3-story villa all to ourselves. This resulted in a major party on the rooftop patio. But first, there was the trek to the sea… Above pic is an old tuna processing plant along the coast just down from where we stayed.
We headed into Zingaro National Park along with friends Richard and Gwen. It was a twisty trail along the coastline (a rocky cliff).
Our buddy Don walked the whole 7 km trail!

This is Gwen and me coming out of cave. That’s a painted cart, famous in Sicily.
We only made it part of the way along the trail when the beach called to me. Is this not beautiful? Swimming in the Tyrannian sea is better than a Monday at work…
BR was chillin‘ with us… and of course, there was wine.
Ted invited the group to a 5 p.m. gathering at our villa. It turned into a great party that pretty much continued through dinner and into the night. Much food and wine was obliterated. This was the view from the patio that night…
Dinner was family style with many courses – bruschetta, olives (yes, I ate them again!!), 3 kinds of pasta, 3 kinds of seafood, fruit, little evil cheese-filled tarts for dolci that were so good I was in love! Sorry no pictures of the food. That’s because, there was lots of wine…
Scopello was beautiful…
Chow!

10.08.2008

The Greeks

Sicily has been invaded by so many other groups, but I’m so glad the Greeks were here. On Sunday, we headed to the Valley of the Temples which are said to be some of the best temples outside of Greece. I loved them… it’s hard to imagine how old they are and yet are still here for us to admire. The above picture is a temple at Segesta which we were lucky enough to get to see just before the sun set and the park closed.
It’s times like this that I’m wishing I spent more time at the office. Maybe I could have brought an RFP with me to read while sitting on the steps of an ancient Greek temple, contemplating if I can get away with using 6 point font on a table of numbers. Oh yea, that’s what is going through my mind right about now…
My little friend has become quite the sophisticated tourist.
Ok, so at this point it’s been a few hours since our last meal so it was time for more pasta. We went to a lovely little restaurant in Agrigento. The owner was very proud of his food and made sure we had a memorable meal. This pasta is hand formed into little curls that hold the sauce – made with eggplant and fresh cheese. Yum!
You might notice that I don’t have pictures of every course – each meal starts with an antipasti, then pasta, then meat with some contorni (side dishes), then fruit, then dolci (dessert), then espresso… sometimes I’m well into finishing off a dish before I remember to take a picture. But… I did snap a picture of the dolci that afternoon. Mauritsio, our wonderful bus driver, stopped at this patisseria and ordered these HUGE canoli for us. These things are like 12 inches long!! Are you drooling yet? So good…
This is Nina, our beautiful and talented guide. She has patiently put up with Ted for nearly 2 weeks now. In fact…
She has been indoctrinated into the Pagan Tiki world… the doctors think she may make a full recovery with plenty of quiet rest. (She’s going to be so pissed that I posted this picture…;>)
The fun continues…
Holy Cow! That only brings you up to Monday morning. I’m feeling parched and must now get a little cafè before I can continue.
Thanks to all of you who have left comments. I love getting them. Thanks and Chow!

Where have they been?

Ok – it’s been awhile, I know. We were in the center of the island where the Internet has not actually taken over yet.

Last Friday we headed out of Ortega and stopped in a little town called Noto that had some fantastic Sicilian style Baroque architecture. Just one main street with these awesome buildings. That’s Ted standing on the steps of a gov’t building.

This is the view we had when we stopped to have a little panini lunch… with gelato, of course. Then it was on to the Agriturismo outside of the town of Piazza Armerina where we stayed for the next 2 days. That first night they fed us very well including this succulent antipasti. Do you see those olives on that plate? I ate them (yes, me, I ate olives) and I loved them. Worlds collide. I’ll never be the same… Just so you can drool some more, the pasta course was penne with fresh tomato sauce that was sweet and delicious. On Saturday, we visited the VillaCasale to see the mosaics. This place is crumbling but they are working to restore it. They theorize it might have been a hunting lodge but maybe not. There are rooms after rooms with wild mosaics all over the floors. Check it out… Even our little traveling companion was there, although BR was not thrilled to see mosaics of rabbits being hunted… Then we trekked through the non-tourist town of Piazza Armerina. The group decided we would all buy picnic supplies and party next to the pool back at the Agriturismo. The little grocery store was overrun by all 26 of us … but before the party we earned our vino by climbing the hill (small mountain) to reach a duomo. We were sure that we had gotten enough food to feed an army. We went though kilos of cheese, meat, bread, olives, tomatoes, and (of course) many bottles of wine. Not much was left in the end. It was a hell of a party! After a much needed siesta… we got together that night to eat and drink more. This is a continuing pattern it seems. And the end shot for this post… do you like Ted’s new t-shirt? Chow! More soon…

10.03.2008

A Picture is worth… a bunch!

Check it out…yes, it’s Patton in lava rock (with sparkles)!!
Pasta, pasta, pasta!!!
Are these not works of art? Marzipan, incredible!!
Oh yea, eat your heart out…
Ted takes a lot of these pictures…
Picnic food…
Chow!
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