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2019 AUG 29 - SEPT 01 - ITALY - SICILY - Tripani, Erice

A bit more local exploring with friends old and new.

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THURSDAY 29TH AUGUST 2019 (DAY 69)

How amazing is it to meet up with friends from our own part of the world in a lovely location on the other side of the world. With a little planning, since we were going to be in the same part of the world at the same time, we were able to meet up with my dear friend Liz from New Zealand. Liz is travelling with two other lovely ladies, Janie (from the US) & Julie (also from Brisbane). It was lovely to share time with these ladies, as they generously shared part of their holiday with us.

Travelled up the cable car (9euro rtn) to visit the hill top village of ERICE.

We went early and managed to arrive there before the crowds. It was cooler up the top, as we walked around the cobblestone streets. Great views of Tripani and the salt pans below.

ERICE.
Towering over the west of Sicily at 751m above sea level and often covered in its own personal cloud, Erice is a wonderfully preserved Mediaeval town offering the most breathtaking views and a palpable sense of history. Originally an Elymian city (the Elymians were around before the Greeks ever set foot in Sicily) Erice, or Eryx as it was first called, was a town of no little importance and renown and is said to have attracted the likes Hercules and Aeneas. Like so many Sicilian towns, it passed from one invader to another as all the usual suspects came and went, leaving their architectural calling cards and their cultural footprints. The name changed from Eryx, to Erice to Gebel Hamed and Monte San Giuliano but its essential character remained, obstinately repelling any attempt to change its real identity.

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We had a very enjoyable day out with the ladies and make it back down to our little street just in time for the sunset.

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FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST 2019 (DAY 70)

We did absolutely nothing today, until it was time to grab a beer and walk the 100 meters down to the end of our street to watch the sunset. Even that was not the best today.

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SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST 2019 (DAY 71)

We spent the day with Liz and Janie walking around Trapani old town. So nice to walk the old cobbled streets, check out the old buildings, and enjoy a gelato.

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SUNDAY 01 SEPTEMBER 2019 (DAY 72)

Sunday = lazy day = we did nothing all day!

Posted by Cindy Bruin 06:10 Archived in Italy Tagged erice tripani Comments (0)

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