We had heard a lot about the quaint little town where the Italian film, Cinema Paradiso, was filmed, so X and I hopped onto a train and in 1 hour we were in Cefalu! We were immediately surprised by how small the town was, and pretty much saw all the attractions in about 3 hours.…… Continue reading Cefalu Paradiso
We’ve been getting a good amount of exercise each day by walking to and from the hospital- about a 50 minute walk/saunter each way (apparently you burn 100 calories per mile, our route is about 2.5 miles), so not bad. We pass this awesome discount supermarket which is close to the hospital and we’ve been…… Continue reading Pasta, Vino- Va Bene!
After our exhausting day at Mount Etna, we decided to spend a leisurely Sunday in the touristic town of Taormina (an hours bus ride away). Taormina is “spectacularly located on a terrace of Monte Taura and with dominating views west to Mt Etna” (Lonely Planet). Which was pretty much right! It had spectacular views and…… Continue reading Fairytale Taormina
Favignana Sunday morning we take a ferry to the nearby island of Favignana. There are many small islands around the western coast, but our coworkers suggested this one as perfect for an outing and some bike riding. I’ve never noticed this on the east coast, but when you look out onto the ocean in Sicily,…… Continue reading Favignana- swimming in the Terranean Sea!
The lovely view from the train, on our way eastward towards Catania. For our third weekend trip, we decided to venture to the eastmost cities of Sicily and give hiking Mount Etna a go! We took a train (12 ish euros one way, 3 hours) to the city of Catania, our “base” for the weekend.…… Continue reading Magma and Mount Etna
For our first weekend trip, we decided to visited the western side of Sicily- to the small town on a peninsula (Trapani), the medieval fortress town on the mountain above (Erice), and the butterfly shaped island nearby (Favignana)- pretty ambitious, but in the end we enjoyed it all at a leisurely pace! (such is the…… Continue reading Medieval Fortresses and endless sea…
Some miscellaneous but fun pictures of our time so far here. Nightlife in Italy happens mainly around the weekend, but we’ve found that Wednesday (hump day) is quite the happening time as well. We basically take a walk into the city every night- the weather’s perfect, and we don’t have to walk too far from…… Continue reading Italian Nightlife and Pastries