Hello Noto Sicily

1 Apr


We are in Noto, Sicily for 10 days. This is the view from my chaise lounge on the terrace of our apartment in Noto. We ate dinner on the terrace last night. The warm breeze was still stirring at 7 p.m. as we drank red wine from nearby Avola and had the fresh pasta and sauce that Dana made. The tomatoes are from Pachino, a little town south of here. I have missed that taste since we were here five years ago.

From our roof terrace. A sliver of the Ionian Sea is visible on the horizon.

The center of Noto is a walking street laid with smooth, squared stones. People are strolling most of the day and night up and down this promenade, tourists as well as locals. Our first morning found us there, straight off the boat and needing strong Italian coffee.

Rosario, our waiter explained that breakfast in Sicily was brioche and granita (a kind of fruit sorbet) or gelato (ice cream.) The brioche is sliced with the gelato as the filling. I had chocolate and hazelnut on mine. And I asked for hot chocolate but Rosario just brought me a whole coffee cup of chocolate. I ate that too with an espresso. Dana was more disciplined and just ordered hot tea and one brioche, the piker.

After our Italian “breakfast” we continued our strolling and found the Noto Cathedral in the center of the piazza.

We walked all the way to the city wall,  leaned over and this view was on the other side, a stone’s throw from lively Noto.

I love Sicily. So glad to be back.

 

 

 

10 Responses to “Hello Noto Sicily”

  1. Barbara Werren April 1, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    Oh, how we love Sicily too! Never been to Noto, however, must put it on bucket list. Just booked 2 operas in SF for July – hope you two are in SF in mid-July – we’ll have to get together for some travel talk! Off to CA Monday for a week!
    Abbracci e baci…
    Barb and Ernie Werren

    • Jill April 1, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

      Great. See you in July in SF.

  2. Marty Farnsworth April 1, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

    Have a wonderful time, Jill. If you see some chopped Bronte pistachios in the market, get some. I’ll give you two great recipes for them. Wish I had gotten more when I was there.
    Marty

    • Jill April 1, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

      Will do. 🙂

  3. Annuu April 1, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

    Wow, it sounds so fantastic and looks yummy! Not sure I could handle that breakfast but good for you !
    We woke up to snow covered grounds this morning, a total surprise to me! April weather!

    • Jill April 1, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

      Had April weather in March. Now March weather in April. What will May bring? We will be home then.

  4. maryl@richtravis.com April 1, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

    So nice that you were able to revisit Sicily. When you were there before, had you visited the area of Noto? I assume when you say 10 days in Sicily that you are then going home from there. Can’t believe you’ve been gone almost 3 months already. It’s been a fun ride for us waiting for our latest Dana/Jill adventure blog and I’m sure that you’ll fill up the time and the blog in the 10 days left.

    • Jill April 1, 2017 at 3:08 pm #

      Not going home yet. We return to Malta…only takes 2 hours on the ferry…and will be there until April 30.

  5. Derek April 1, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    It’s probably not a good idea to go around claiming Sicily is “our thing” 😉

    • Jill April 1, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

      So noted. I will calm myself.

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