With my little sicilianuzza going back to the island this week, I thought I’d share some of my favorite photos of Sicily on the blog today. Most of these were taken in June/July of 2014, when she was just learning to crawl and uttering a few cryptic sounds that only her parents could decipher as the beginnings of a language (or two).
During that trip, we stayed for over a month, the first two weeks of which we spent making “un giro” of the island, traveling from Messina to Palermo to Trapani to Agrigento to Modica to Catania and then back to Messina. My Demetra has always been a trouper, and she loves to travel, see new places, and meet new people.
Now, if anything, her love of new experiences has only expanded. At just 2 1/2 she switches easily between the two languages, and enjoys engaging random strangers wherever she goes. My greatest joy is watching her discover the world.
But Sicily is place ripe for exploration no matter what your age. In Rome, the history is more or less “linear,” following the general European progression from the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages to the Renaissance to the Baroque to the Fascist/Post-War Era to the Modern.
In Sicily, it’s all over place. In some parts you feel like the Greeks never left, while in other areas you can read street signs in Arabic. Then there are the influences the Normans, the Spanish, and just about every other Mediterranean power that has passed through and left its mark. It’s in the food, the architecture, the language, and the DNA of the people themselves.
If you want to read about one of my encounters with Sicilians, check out this post, which eventually got published in a travel anthology.
Photos of Sicily
Sicily is also a great place for pictures. I’m not a great photographer, but the diversity of landscapes and man-made wonders forces you to keep your camera (or at least your smartphone) always at the ready. Sometimes even a blind squirrel like me finds a nut once in a while.
Submitted for you enjoyment is my photo journal of Sicilia Bedda. I should note that many (OK, probably most) of these photos were taken by Jessica. If you read Italian, check out her blog about life in the US from the perspective of an Italian.
And if you have any Sicily stories to share, please do not hesitate to leave a comment below.