La Canonica, Catania Sicily a great ristorante.

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My wife Angela took this one at La Canonica in Catania Sicily.  Angela has a great eye for composition.

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My eye heads for food. Antapasti is my desire when we are in Italy.

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I can not remember how many times I have consumed Pasta Alla Norma. My favorite from Sicily. Egg plant ( melanazanie) and salted ricotta plus tomatoes and some spices make this a favorite of mine.

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Of course, seafood is plentiful on the island.

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I highly recommend this ristorante.  We enjoyed the food and the service. In the center of Catania.  Just off Via Vittorio Emanuele.

Help Support Hungry Children

I have never tried to monetize this blog and I do not intend to. Life is good in retirement and now I try to pay back and pay it forward.

That said, please consider a donation to the PAN FLORIDA CHALLENGE.  This is a 200 mile ride I will be doing next week from Naples, Fl back to my home town of Vero Beach, FL.

Consider the following:This is our mission. Our creed. And our battle cry. Call it our manifesto –It moves us.  Hunger in Florida’s children is solvable. It’s doable and we are the ones doing it.  Here and now. Today. And we are not too few. We are thousands already. And we are starting a movement. The Pan-Florida Challenge to end childhood hunger. This is a call for you and thousands of others just like you to join us. End hunger in our local kids with us.  All together, once and for all, we will End Hunger in Florida’s children.  We know how. We have cracked the code. And We have been doing it already. Join us.

WHAT WE BELIEVE.

If every child in Florida was fed, no local children would go hungry.  Not one.  

This is no longer a wish or a far-off dream. It’s here, today. For just such a time as this.We can solve this problem. It’s doable and we are doing it.  We are the Pan-Florida Challenge. We are a movement – not another cause. We are on mission to get to No local kid hungry.  Not one. This is our creed. And It moves us.  How about you? Step up and become the hero to Florida’s next generation of kids who need you. Find your spot. We have been waiting for you. Great things will be done here. This is your chance of a lifetime. Step into your spot. Do something extraordinary. Become a hero to kids. Legends will be told about us all years from now.

Take the Pan-Florida Challenge. No Local Kids Hungry, Not One!  

On Friday, March 10th, I will embark with several hundred other fund raisers on a ride acorss Florida, from Naples to Vero Beach. A two hundred mile challenge for  mdy 75th birthday.  My wife and I have donated to the cause. So have some wonderful friends who have helped me come close to my goal.

Please consider donating to the cause. One Hundred Per Cent goes to feeding children.  All riders pay the cost of their ride and meals.  If you would click on the link at the bottom of the page.  Please enter my name Greg Speck which will help be get some credit for your kind donation. This goes in the search participants section.

The Pan Florida Challenge is 501 3 c non profit.

Thank you and keep on enjoying gregsitaly.blog

http://support.panfloridachallenge.org/site/TR?fr_id=1040&pg=entry

 

Monterosso Al Mare and Up the Coast

So many beautiful sights to see.   I have been having some software problems, so sorry for the delay in posting.

 

 

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A Quick boat  ride to Monterosso Al Mare made for a nice day trip from Vernazza.

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We were  here in April and it was warm enough to enjoy the beach. Totally uncrowded at this time of year.

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Perfect spot to unwind and relax from travel stress.   Cinque Terre is best reached by rail. It is possible to drive, but parking and access is difficult. We parked up at the top of a hill in Vernazza, got a shuttle and then had two walk about half a mile to reach our hotel.

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Fishing boats by the shore.

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Places to shop and stroll.

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Cinque Terre is definitely worth a visit.  Plan ahead and avoid the peak travel periods of June through August.

We stayed an additional night in Santa Margherita and were able to take a boat trip to Portofino. A beautiful seaside village.  Helps to be a bit on the rich side.

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No margins here and these are 2007 Prices. But it is worth doing some window shopping in Portofino.

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Seaside dining.

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Beautiful view of the port area.  There is much to do in the in the area from Portovenere to Santa Margherita Ligure  is good for several days of exploration.  This is a great place to visit, Hope you have the chance  to visit and enjoy all the attractions. Next time I will bring my hiking gear and explore all the trails.  Ciao

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