Month: August 2017

The Market in Siracusa, SKIP Eataly in NYC come to this daily celebration.

In 2014 about 40 people from Middletown, CT went to Sicily to visit the town in which many had roots. This was Melilli high above the sea and a short drive to Siracusa. One day many of us went to the market in Siracusa and that became one of the gastronomical highlights of the trip.  We all made purchases and picknicked in the park. … Read More The Market in Siracusa, SKIP Eataly in NYC come to this daily celebration.

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At the beach La spiaggia 

Knowing that we would most likely be in an August heat wave, we have tried to stay  close to the water.  We are about 50 feet above the sea and 50 feet away. The views are stunning. Temps have been in the upper 80s and the sun is intense. Really intense. Fa caldo. This is the perfect spot for diving and snorkeling. When we … Read More At the beach La spiaggia 

The money saving word of the day Ridotto

OK this is to all you seniors out there.  In the past senior discounts were restricted to EU residents.  Recently more places are extending the discounts to everyone.  It never hurts to ask, may not work in the Uffizi or other major attractions. Worked in Castelbuono, and in Tindari both in Sicily.   Text from my UltraLingua dictionary.

The road to Hell, or we made it from Castelbuono to Gangi and back alive.

I have been driving in Italy since 2001. Each time we go back I forget what is can be like. I have lost mirrors in Palermo and Napoli. Been backed into by a young driver in Agrigento. Twice driven the Amalfi coast which is  a piece of cake compared to driving from Castelbuono to Gangi.  These GPS screenshots do not give you the true … Read More The road to Hell, or we made it from Castelbuono to Gangi and back alive.

At the beach. 

La spiaggia  is where it’s at in Augustbin Sicily.  All over the beaches are crowded. There are charges at many beaches for the use of umbrellas and lounge chairs. Fees range from €10-20 depending on weekends or holidays. You have it for the entire day plus use of the WC and the showers.  It is also possible to find some beaches with no crowds  … Read More At the beach. 

In Cefalù

Photos of this amazing cattle city. The Duomo It is a beach town.  The crowds linger after sunset.  The non beach crowd.  Top La Rocca, bottom Il Farò a lighthouse. The beauty of Cefalù

The hell with AT&T if you are headed to Europe or beyond. 

The idea of paying your cell phone carrier a bundle of cash is rediculous.   Have your phone unlocked. If you have met your contract term, go to your carriers site and request an unlock. It will take very little time. You can chuechase GSM phones from Amazon and others for reasonable amounts. I supplement the phone time by using Skype from my 10G … Read More The hell with AT&T if you are headed to Europe or beyond. 

Off to Italy

Today we leave for Sicily and Italy. A fifty one day journey that will take us to the Madonie Natural Park, the shores of Lake Garda, and the center of Rome. Planning has been extensive, but we always depend upon serendipity. Planning is great, but the unexpected is what keeps us going. Follow along as we travel through the next two months.   My … Read More Off to Italy

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Saving Money On Car Rentals

Car rental rates have soared in the last several years.  Even using  sites like Kayak and Priceline you tend to get some high rates.  Some time ago I saw a reference in the New York Times to a site called Autoslash.com.   I tried it earlier this summer and was able to get a very reasonable rate for the July 4th week in Hartford, Connecticut. … Read More Saving Money On Car Rentals

Gotcha

As I casualy drove from Borghese park where I dropped off my wife in Rome to return our rental car in Rome I was oblivious to what was happening around me.  Seems that while I was enjoying the views, I was being watched. As the sights went by and my GPS took me  to the airport traffic cams were doing their job. Enforcing the … Read More Gotcha

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