Siracusa

  • Siracusa, Sicily - I am writing for the first time from Sicily where we are staying in the city of Siracusa for the next three months. Dana and I want to write and send photos of our life here more than the sites we go to see. Yesterday we were grocery shopping and wanted to show you the […]
  • Sicilian Friends - This is Catia, her husband Lucciano and their dog Dolly.  Dana met Catia at her store, Zimmitti, just up the street from our house. He bought a three-pronged Italian plug,a tiny stapler and a notebook. Catia speaks good English  and Dana’s purchases were so compelling she invited us to their home for pizza.  On the […]
  • Our Home in Sicily - This is the entrance to our apartment in Siricusa. 
  • Searching for our homes in Sicily, South Africa, South Australia and Chile - A lot of people have asked how we found the four places we will be staying in four different countries before we ever left on the trip.  The simple answer is the internet.But it took hours of creative searching to find the four places that met our criteria. Search terms make a huge difference.  For […]
  • Pizza Perez - Dana found Pizza Perez a five minute walk from our house in Siricusa.  It is, unbelievably, what we call a “one dollar sign” restaurant….meaning it is very “affordable.”  Our theory is that if the food is good you are delirious at the great price and if the food is bad, it didn’t cost that much. […]
  • A Sicilian Goatherd - Herding on a bike We were out for a walk along the Ciane River and down the road came this herd of goats followed by this ancient goatherd on a bike.  The bike looked like it was on its last legs as well. The goats panicked as they passed us running and jumping over each […]
  • At “The Villa” -
  • Springtime in Siracusa -
  • Mellili and Saint Sebastian - We took a drive north of Siracusa in our SmartCar  to a little town named Mellili.  Mellili is the source of the Italian word miele “honey” and my thought was we might see some hives and be able to buy some honey from a Sicilian beekeeper.  It turns out Mellili was an ancient source of […]
  • Pigs in the Street…Cows in the Road - We came upon this early morning delivery outside of a Sortino meat market. These are half sides of pork that are carried by very burly delivery men across the sidewalk into the market dripping blood on the way.  As you can see the truck is a standard size but the streets are Sicilian standard and […]
  • Necropoli - We went to visit the Necropoli di Pantalica near Sortino. It is a Byzantine, Bronze Age, burial ground created from the 13th to the 8th century BC.  Over 5000 are buried in crypts among the limestone cliffs above the clear waters of the Anapo River.In many cases the graves were carved into the rock hundreds of […]
  • Driving in Sicily - Everyone hears about the challenge of driving in Sicily but what does that really entail? This is what we have learned so far: No eye contact… We got this tip before we left home from John “Obie” Oberhausen, an eight year resident of Sicily.  Eye contact leads the other driver to believe they have the […]
  • The Old Bridge, The New Bridge and The Brand New Bridge -           We have been visiting villages within driving distance of Siricusa. We pack a lunch of salami, fresh cheese and bread, a bag of almonds and fizzy water. This allows us to meander, get lost and get  found never knowing and not caring if we will be near a village for lunch. […]
  • Snails’ Pace - “Snips and snails and puppy dogs’ tails and mosquitos’ eyebrows fried in butter...”   Known by the appellation “escargot” but still slimy little critters are the snails found in our open air market.  Can you can see them move in the video?  If not, remember they do move at the pace of a snail.
  • Teatro Greco - We went to two performances at the Greek Theater in Siricusa. The performance is not only Greek, the theater was built by the Greeks in the 3rd century B.C. We saw Prometheus by Eschilo (image) and the Bacchae of Euripides. I was in the Greek chorus of the Bacchae when I was in college and […]
  • Infinitesimal Travel -   When you visit Sicily, you must see Mt. Etna. It is the biggest volcano in Europe. Can you imagine returning home and when everyone asks, “How was Mt. Etna?” you say, “Well, we didn’t go there.” This is one of the issues of “slow travel” or in our case “infinitesimal travel.” We have limited […]
  • Cultcha - In contrast to Greek and Roman Ruins, we have seen some eye-popping contemporary sights in Sicily.  There are furniture design stores everywhere. If the display windows are to be believed, everyone lives in a present day Felini movie. We have also observed some commercial design that belies narrow streets and homemade pasta. There is a traveling […]
  • Mean Streets -
  • Swashbuckling Puppets - Have you ever seen a puppet theater? We hadn’t. We arrived for the Sunday afternoon performance to find that it was sold out. But they squeezed us in by setting a board across the aisle balanced on the two side seats. You had to climb over the seat to sit down. They did this in […]
  • Jonico by the Eye Onion Sea - We went to a restaurant called “Jonico a Rutta e Ciauli.”  It looks out on the Ionian Sea (or the Eye Onion Sea as our Italian sea guide pronounced it in his charming English.)  We went for the midday meal on a gloriously sunny day. We arrived at 12:30 and were the only party there. Hmmm…I think […]
  • It’s Just Home - This basilica is being reconstructed in a Roman villa near Piazza Armerina. The home includes custom mosaic floors, frescoed walls, an indoor swimming pool and aqueducts. The villa was built in the first quarter of the fourth century for an upper class Roman.
  • VESTed Interest - You may be familiar with the traveling “Scottevest” that Dana researched and bought for our trip.  It has 22 pockets…custom pockets for everything from the tablet computer to world phone to passport to a special tunnel in the collar for ear buds. In fact many of you have seen his delightful demonstration of these very […]
  • To Market, To Market - “To market, to market to buy a fat pig. Home again, home again, dancing a jig. To market, to market to buy a fat hog. Home again, home again, jigety jog.”                                               Mother […]
  • MedFlies - We were talking with our son Darin this week and he asked us why we named the blog, “MedFlies?”  He pointed out that we would only be near the Mediterranean Sea for three months. What about the rest of the trip? But the Mediterranean in our MEDflies title represents the Mediterranean climate. All of the […]
  • Liz, Dick, Audrey and Truman - We went to Taormina, farther up the East coast of Sicily. Taormina reminds me of Monaco. Steep cliffs with villas that hang off the side,  an unobstructed view of Mount Etna, long sandy beaches on the  clear blue Ionian Sea and a little town perched on top of the hills with shops and restaurants lining […]
  • Mother Church - Every city, town and village in Sicily has at least one church…one Catholic church. Most towns have a number of  Catholic churches. Cities like Catania and Palermo have 10 to 20. And communities often have a patron saint. Siracusa’s is Saint Lucy. Catania’s is Saint Agatha. Melilli’s is Saint Sebastian. The church’s art reflects the […]
  • Fabulous contest…you can win - We are holding a random drawing selected from the blog followers who will post comments in the next week. Every new comment is a chance to win this fabulous and stylish apron featuring a map of Sicily. The contest will run from today, June 16th to next Saturday, June 23rd at 8 a.m. Siracusa time […]
  • Ceramics Capital of Sicily -     Caltagirone is famous for two reasons. One, our friend John “Obie” Oberhausen lived there for eight years and two, it is the ceramics capital of Sicily. Italian ceramics are each unique in their design. Individually hand painted in brilliant color schemes they celebrate the world of nature and of man. Each piece has […]
  • To talk; to articulate - In Sicily talking is an art. The definition of talking is articulation of words but in Sicily it is articulation of the whole body. Here, when people talk, they stand or sit close to each other. Faces and mouths are inches apart. Sicilians walk arm-in-arm, touch, pat, and kiss frequently; men to men, women to […]
  • Our Observations… - Frequently we spot singular cultural differences that are striking.  We decided to list these random trends in a series of posts called “Our Observations…” Here is the first entry About People. MAN BAGS Many men carry purses “bags” here. Dana had one that he wore when we lived in Ithaca, NY in the late 1980’s […]
  • Our Observations… - This is the second post in the series called “Our Observations….” Disclaimer: You all know we are no sociologists and all of these comments are anecdotal.  That said, we have noticed a number of differences  About  Products while we’ve lived here. What you don’t see can be as important as what you do.  So we […]
  • Folks, we have a winner - Now what you have all been waiting for, the announcement of the winner of our fabulous contest for the fantastic Sicily apron. (Drum Roll) THE WINNER IS MARYL TRAVIS     (Wild Applause) The competition was tough with comments coming in from Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico and New York. The chances of winning were 29 to […]
  • Sweet Sicilia -
  • A Warm People -
  • Goodbye Sicily, Hello South Africa - We are leaving Sicily with wonderful memories of this island and its people. We have climbed Greek and Roman ruins, sat by the Ionian Sea, visited villages all over southeastern Sicily, smelled jasmine and oleander on the soft sea breezes, eaten heavenly Sicilian pizzas and seafood, pasta, fresh bread, extraordinary hard and soft cheeses, fabulous […]
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