♥ Sicily Road Trip – Part 4 – Epilogue ♥
“Those men, those of former times, had soul and eyes that in no way resemble ours, and in their veins, along with their blood, flowed something that disappeared: love and admiration for the Beautiful.” – Guy de Maupassant
♥ Trying to Recount Countless Memories! ♥
First let’s take a look strictly by the numbers:
› 10 days ‹
› 5 accommodations ‹
› 20 cities/towns visited ‹
› over 2000 km driven ‹
› over 850 photos and videos ‹
› countless cappuccinos, fabulous meals, glasses of wine and at least 7 sublime cannoli ‹
Numbers rarely tell the story though – the story lies in the experiences and countless memories…the story lies in the people, in my roots and in the undeniable connection from the heart.
Trying to express and capture it in words is so difficult, maybe impossible…hopefully the images will help.
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The opportunity to return to Sicily after 9 years was fabulous but to return having obtained my dual citizenship through my paternal grandfather born here and visit the town of his birth as well as my grandmother’s…
Retracing roots in Castelvetrano…
Castelvetano, birthplace of my paternal nonno
Nicosia, birthplace of my paternal nonna.
Retracing roots in Nicosia
To be able to drive through this amazingly breathtaking region with my good friend, fellow blogger who shares my Sicilian heritage, Margie Miklas made this adventure so special…
To visit cities on Sicily’s three sea coasts as well as its stunning countryside and daunting hilltop towns…
Noto by night
Modica in the southeast corner…
Mt. Etna from Taormina
The salt pans of Mozia…
Along the Mediterranean coastline
Siracusa on the Ionian Sea
To revisit the magnificient Greek and Roman ruins in all their glory…
Greek beauty in Mozia
Valley of the Temples, Agrigento
Valley of the Temples, Agrigento
To stroll the streets and to immerse in its unique and rich culture…
Ortigia & Siracusa
To meet locals—from the indifferent and impatient (especially on the road!) to the warm and welcoming…
Fantastic wine tasting with Claudia at Donnafugata, Marsala
Fun in Taormina with Simona, Adriana, Sarah & Maria Letzia
Smiles and a fab cannolo! Thumbs up in Nicosia
Our wonderful hosts, Gerhard & Christine in Taormina (Hotel Villa Schuler)
Fun times in Taormina with Adriana, Luisa & Simona
A warm welcome from Tonino at our hotel in Trapani
Meeting Maria Grammatica in Erice
Looking out to the endless sea that surrounds and exposes her, and looking in to her rich lands and resilient people, there’s an undeniable echo of the inescapable and often tumultuous past. It’s in the lifeblood of the land and the people…
Like each of us, there’s no escaping the past. Hewn and honed by time, nature, and history, Sicily has been conquered, dominated, exploited, maligned, and stereotyped but, despite all this, she remains proud, unique, uncompromising, indomitable, unapologetic and unforgettable.
Sicily is in your face – what you see is what you get – no fancy artifice, no sugar coating…fiercely independent and spirited, she has and will endure for Sicily is timeless. And so it is with its people – Sicilian first then (maybe) Italian, they too are fiercely independent. In their eyes, manner and attitude you will find all that Sicily has been and remains…
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My Sicilian nonni; Carmelo & Giuseppina DiMaio
My first visit to Sicily was after I had lost my father and my heart ached to tell him about that trip and about how much I came to understand about him, about me. And that deep heartfelt understanding became richer on this trip when I stepped back a generation to grandparents I never knew; grandparents who, along with millions of others, left their remote villages at the turn of the 19th century to venture to the New World with very little besides hope, a willingness to work, and a character and strength borne of generations.
I was and remain deeply touched and grateful…so very grateful for their courage and strength…
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♥ And, of course, grazie to all of the warm and wonderful people we met along the way…
At the end I wasn’t sure if I would or could return…but now, only a week back, I know that I will return…the connection is too strong…the roots run too deep.
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I’ll be sharing more about my time in Sicily in the coming months…for now you might enjoy the blog posts I shared while “on the road”.
Landing in Palermo then off to explore the west coast including Trapani, Mozia, winetasting at Donnafugata in Marsala…
The southern coast including Castelvetrano and Selinunte then on to Temple of the Gods, Nicosia and Piazza Amerina
Siracusa, Val di Noto – including Scicli, Ragusa and Modica, of course, Taormina.
A very special note of thanks to Auto-Europe for making all of this possible by sponsoring me and Margie, #2SicilianGals, on our Sicily road trip.
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