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.
Giodarni 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.
Do 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.
Once 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.
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.
Again, 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.