A week in Sicily, October 2012

San Vito Lo Capo

The bay of San Vito Lo Capo, on the north-eastern tip of the island, is dominated by a huge rock.

Mount Etna

Mount Etna is Europe’s most active Volcano, seen here from our hotel in Fiumefreddo, some 10 miles away. Fortunately eruptions can be predicted accurately well in advance. The most recent was in April this year.  See this video of the euption.

Segesta Temple

The Temple at Segesta is one of the best preserved examples of Doric architecture in Itlay, dating from the fifth century BC.  Tourists often get in the way of a good photo, but this one helps give a sense of scale to the structure.

Zingaro Nature Reserve

Not far from San Vito Lo Capo, the Zingaro Nature Reserve (over 6 square miles in area) must be explored on foot, leaving your car at the boundary. This quiet bay had water of typical extreme clarity. If you swam or paddled in the calm waters, you were among small shoals of fish of various sizes up to about 12 inches long. One of the men standing in the water at the left, had a tablet computer with him to snap a photo of the fish.

Taormina, English-style Gardens

Taormina has some English-style public gardens with stunning views to the sea down a steep cliff.

Isola Bella

Isola Bella is a small outcrop on the coast below Taormina.

Cefalu

Cefalu on the North coast is a popular tourist destination, with a twin towered Cathedral built in 1131. Its towers can be seen in this view.

Castellammare Del Golfo

Castellammare Del Golfo.

Taormina

Taormina

lizard

An inhabitant of the Zingaro Nature Reserve.

San Vito Lo Capo

San Vito Lo Capo

Mount Etna

On the slopes of Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano. Close to the highest point reachable by car, still some way from the top (about 3 miles), but already looking other-wordly. Light, cloud and temperature are always changing quickly here, bearing little relation to the rest of the island. Once lava flowed over this area, but now new grass can be seen.

Taormina, English-style Gardens

English noblewoman Florence Trevelyan had two pagoda-style towers built in the public gardens, with arabesque designs, made of bricks and edged with lavic pumice-stone.

San Vito Lo Capo

Sunrise in San Vito Lo Capo.

Taormina, English-style Gardens

Taormina Gardens

Taormina, English-style Gardens

Taormina Gardens

Taormina

Plates-R-Us, Taormina.

Taormina, English-style Gardens

Taormina Gardens

Taormina, English-style Gardens

Taormina Gardens

Cefalu

Cefalu.

Cefalu

Cefalu.

Nature Reserve, Sicily

Zingaro Nature Reserve

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