Sicily

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December 17, 2014 by brasiersarah

Our family holiday was great but it was lacking in something. Adrenaline is the best word to describe it and somehow we had inject that into our trip. So we hired a car.

Once our train had boarded the ferry we made our way to the birthplace of the mafia. We found the car hire company after a short tour of the port area and actually paid money to risk our lives!  Not only do the Italians drive on the right hand side their streets only seem to span about 5 inches. Every time we met someone on the road it seemed we had to make the decision either to forfeit the right side of the car to a wall or have a head on collision. Inside the car air was thick with tension and even Cupar became quiet apart from the occasional gasp every time we passed a car. But we came away unscathed much to our surprise and only had to deal with one flat tyre. I would not recommend anyone with high blood pressure, a heart condition or in the late stages of pregnancy to hire a car in Italy. Just don’t do it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGiodarni Naxos was not what we expected, I mean it was nice enough but it seemed that we had stumbled across a kind of Italian family holiday spot. We were family and we were on a holiday so I guess we should not have felt so out of place apart from the fact that freshly born babies had a better tan than us. But as always the fish was fresh and the wine beautiful.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust one of the many hilarious examples of things that are lost in translation. “The rocks of the river are slipperies and viscids”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m pretty sure we weren’t even posing for this picture.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASyracusa has a more sophisticated feel about it that was until we rocked up. Every night that town deserved more than a few glasses of wine and we were willing to own up to that responsibility.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was good to be with family after so long on the road like a little bubble of familiarity in a land of unknown.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you remember when I said that this town deserved a few glasses of wine? Well this is one of the nights we had a few to many. The was method to the madness though and though we looked like the tourist crazies.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe were trying to imitate the statues in the centre of town and no doubt that drew more than a few stares.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was our attempt to recreate the lemon pistachio linguini pasta we had in Tourmina.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother day trip and another life risking drive to a local gorge. After sweating it out for 40 minutes down a massive hill we had an intense eager to fully immerse ourselves in the cool fresh water.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOnce we had made it to the top out of nowhere a someone decided that he would be the one to hand out fresh free honeycomb. What a legend and not a word of English was spoken as we made our bid to get in on the sweet sweet goodness.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt got the Cupar tick of approval

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was our place at Syracusa another good reason to travel with family is you can skip the bed bug ridden hostels.

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Our last stop in Sicily was Catania a city that doesn’t look so flash until you find it’s gorgeous center. Every week there is a local market that supplies you with the freshest of the fresh and some of the finest produce you have every laid eyes on.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI don’t know what it is about Italy but the same marketing seems to apply to the whole country. Slap a picture of a hot girl with it and people will buy it!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAgain, all that we saw of Sicily just left us wanting more. The people are amazing and always willing to help, the food ohhh the food and the beautiful water. It’s a country in its own right and if you go to Italy please please go to Sicily.

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