A relaxing break from our stressful lives
19.05.2007 - 22.05.2007
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We spent a lovely 3 days in Sicily, and wished we had more. We stayed in San Vito lo Capo which was a beautiful glimpse into Sicilian life, and then in Taormina. The Lonely Planet or ‘Bible’ as we’ve taken to calling it said, ‘it is difficult to exaggerate the beauty of Taormina’. We thought that sentence achieved it. Not to be too harsh the views were spectacular, but unfortunately it seemed a little aimed at catching the turisti dollar.
Clare’s top 5:
1. Tasty food in San Vito lo Capo.
2. A chance to catch some rays while Simon fished.
3. Seeing an authentic ‘passegiata’ as families packed the streets at 10.30pm, then sat down to dinner in the restaurants with their impeccably behaved toddlers.
4. Improving my Italian with the friendly hotel staff who spoke no English.
5. Pastries and cappuccinos every morning.
Simon’s top 5:
1. The food.
2. Not much pushing and not many cobbles in San Vito.
3. A chance to do some fishing in Italy.
Although this was the catch of the day... no it's not bait
4. Lovely views.
5. People watching. At the beach and seeing old people sitting in front of their houses on the street.
There were also some low lights;
Our bottom 5:
1. Pushing up ridiculous hills in Taormina.
2. Driving through laneways so narrow we had to put the wing mirrors in and were left with about a cm on each side of the car. Meanwhile the car behind was amazingly patient for an Italian, as Clare tried not to look at the walls on either side which were covered with evidence of previous cars’ scraping.
3. Arguing with rude bus driver at the airport who lied about the ramp not working, then after 5 minutes of Clare’s Italian ranting and gesticulating he gave in and spent a whole two minutes turning keys and pressing buttons. The poor soul will never get those two minutes of his life back.
4. The one time we ate non Italian food at a German restaurant and it sucked.
5. Not being organised enough to go up Mt Etna.