Sunday, September 26, 2010

A DIFFERENT CHEESE

DH and I went for a drive this afternoon ....no real destination, just out and about.  Found the Wine Festival going on in Piedamonte Etnea (a small town on the northeast side of Etna) this weekend .. so we stopped there for a few hours.   This cheese was being sold by one of the vendors -- the peppers add just a touch of heat to the cheese.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

COLD WEATHER IS HERE ....

Overnight thunderstorm on Wednesday left snow on the top of Etna ....it's mostly melted by now ...but fall is definitely here.  The temperatures have dropped down to the high 70s or low 80s instead of high 90s and 100s.  Etna's also been poofing a bit more.
















Friday, September 17, 2010

CLOUD ARCH

Cloud arch from our balcony yesterday ...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

FAREWELL SUMMER ....

Yup ... it's the end of summer ...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

MORE OF SUMMER'S END ...

Scenes from the day sail DH and I took the other day by Cyclops Rocks between Catania and Acireale... playing in the water ...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

MORE OF SUMMER'S END ...

Scenes from the day sail DH and I took the other day by Cyclops Rocks between Catania and Acireale... these guys are fishing... it is fairly common in the Med to row standing up...

Monday, September 13, 2010

END OF SUMMER ....

Scenes from the day sail DH and I took the other day by Cyclops Rocks between Catania and Acireale...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

SICILIAN HARNESS

Somewhat fuzzy, but don't have any other pictures to show right now.  The horses are dressed up almost as much as the Sicilian carts when they are out and about.  See these at a lot of the festivals ... some of the harness are over a hundred years old.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

ENTRY TO A MAGICAL GARDEN?

Tucked away in a corner ... do you think the little magical folk might be found round the corner at the top of the steps?   Was tempted to quietly slip up the steps and sneak a peek ...

Monday, September 6, 2010

RAGUSA BALCONY

While in Ragusa Iba, I couldn't help admiring all the different designs displayed in iron ...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

WEDDING GET-AWAY

Weddings, at least here in Sicily, tend to be held on Saturdays.  This car was waiting outside the church to carry away the bride and groom ...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

SLOW FOOD?

Found this sign while wandering around Ragusa Iba ....

Friday, September 3, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

MOTTA TOWN HALL

The plaque over the entrance to the town hall in Motta ... it's dated 1934.
The center motif is the watchtower (though most call it a castle) that is at the very top of the town and looks out over the surrounding land and out to the sea.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

BASKETWEAVER

DH and I found this basket weaver on one of our explorations ...