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2019 SEPTEMBER 02 TO 04, ITALY - SICILY

Relaxing and island hopping.


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MONDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 2019 (DAY 73)

We explored our little corner of Tripani today. Had a swim at the tiny beach at the end of our street.

Took up the position to watch the sunset, easy to fall into a habit here. I am so happy that we have lots of days here and we are able to just relax and do nothing.

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TUESDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2019 (DAY 74)

Today we had a day out visiting a couple of islands off Sicily.
Levanzo & Favignana are just 30 minutes off the coast of Trapani. We caught the bus from just down the street from our apartment to the ferry station. It was busy, it seems that a lot of people had the same idea that we do, to visit the islands. Understandably, because its a beautiful day!

We had to sit around for almost an hour for our ferry, but once we were aboard at least the sea was calm so the ride was pleasant, and it was a hydro jet so would have cut through the waves if there were any anyway. The tickets we got to take us to 2 different islands cost a total of 51.88 euro for both of us, and due to the earlier ferries being booked out we finally departed at 11.30am.

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Our first island of Levanzo was only small, which was just as well cause we only had an hour here. We walked through the little village by the port and found the closest stony beach to have a swim. It was now the middle of the day and the sun was hot and the water was clear and looked just so amazing.
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Within 10 minutes of getting off the ferry we were in the water.

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The ferry was on time and we had to rush back so as not to miss the 1pm departure. About 20 minutes later we arrived on our 2nd island of Favignana. The town square was a short walk from the ferry port and with this island being a lot bigger we decided we needed to get some transport if we wanted to see more of the island.

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There were lots of places hiring bicycles, but we decided it was too hot for that caper! and agreed to hire a motor bike.

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With a motor we were able to cover and see a lot more of the island. We had a great time and stopped at lots of beaches around the island for a swim. It was beautiful.

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Returning the motor bike just in time, we really did have to run this time to make it to the ferry. Lol, we'd had a great time on this island and it would have been nice to spend the night here, so, maybe next time.

A smooth ride back as the ferry rose up on its hydrofoils. Heading back into Tripani port, we got a nice water side view of Tripani as well.

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We'd had great weather and a great day.

Back on dry land, An ice cream in town, then back to the end of our street for our last Sicilian sunset.

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I am so glad I included this stop in Sicily into our itinerary. I have had a great time here. We stayed in a great Airbnb and explored a lot of the surroundings on this western side of Sicily.

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WEDNESDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 2019 (DAY 75)

Our last day in Sicily, later we fly to Naples.

Bus to the airport was not until 3.30pm, so we had a late 12 o'clock checkout.

We say goodbye to our apartment and view.

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Bid farewell to Tripani, have an ice cream and a quick drink before we get on the bus to the airport.

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Bus, then on the plane to Naples.

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Posted by Cindy Bruin 06:15 Archived in Italy Tagged sicily favignana levanzo tripani Comments (0)

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

A bit more local exploring with friends old and new.

sunny 28 °C
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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!

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2019 AUGUST 26 to 28, ITALY, SICILY, TRAPANI

First time Sicily! Day 66 to Day 68

sunny 28 °C
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MONDAY 26TH AUGUST 2019 (DAY 66)

We woke at about 9am, after not getting to sleep until almost 2am. Breakfast is included in our room rate and we explored the kitchen for what was on offer. Mainly sweet cakey things, but we did find bread which Lyn managed to toast in a sandwich press and that is what we had with coffee and tea. So it seems Italians go more for the sweet things at breakfast, rather than the savory goodies we were offered in Germany. Not to mind, I'm sure we will be able to find enough to get ourselves fed from what is on offer.

Lyn put in a load of washing and we had to wait around for that to finish before we could head out and start exploring.

We have the car for just 3 days so we are going to take advantage of driving to places a little out of town. We can explore closer by foot or the bus.

Neither of us have ever been to Sicily, so everything is new and unseen. So really it doesn't matter where we go.

SALINA CALCARA.
The salt-pans complex came into operation in 1593, but it was built in 1504 by Antonio de Alfonso, a Portuguese man who owned the area at the time. It was in operation until 1955, but after a flood, the traditional activity was suspended and only extensive aquaculture operations have been carried out. When Salina Calcara was bought by the Pollina-Palermo family – in 1998 – the already existing building underwent works of renovation and the salt-pans complex was reactivated making the salt production possible once again starting from the 2008. Salina Calcara has an extension of 40 hectares and is composed, since its original plant, from a small Salina, called Stella (whose meaning is “Star”) and a large Salina, for a total of 33 tanks. Only 23 tanks are currently in operation.

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SALT MUSEUM.
Relais Antiche Saline SALINA MARIA STELLA

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MARAUSA - our first swim in the sea off Sicily and the water was warm and crystal clear.
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We drove on to MARSALA and had a walk around the centre, but everything was closed. Seems all the shops close from 1pm to 5pm. This place is worse than Spain for an afternoon siesta. We sat in the cathedral for a few minutes to cool off and heard the pipe organ being played.

MARSALA.
The town is famous for the docking of Giuseppe Garibaldi on 11 May 1860 (the Expedition of the Thousand) and for its Marsala wine. A feature of the area is the Stagnone Lagoon Natural Reserve — a marine area with salt ponds. Marsala is built on the ruins of the ancient Carthaginian city of Lilybaeum, and includes in its territory the archaeological site of the island of Motya, an ancient Phoenician town. The modern name likely derived from the Arabic مَرْسَى عَلِيّ (marsā ʿaliyy, “Ali's harbor”), or possibly مَرْسَى اللّٰه (marsā llāh, “God's harbor”).

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Time for another swim, so we stopped at LIDO PAKEKA for a dip.
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We then start to drive back to Tripani. Stopped at Lidl supermarket for some supplies for the next few days.
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Stopped at roadside Saline Maria Stella salt piles for photos (and a handful of salt).
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We made it back in time just to see the end of the sunset at the end of our street.
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TUESDAY 27TH AUGUST 2019 (DAY 67)

Today we did a big drive around the Trapani region. So lots of scenery shots today, which were taken from the car.
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Lots of lovely little beaches where we did not stop as they were so crowded and parking was at a premium and for a fee.
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We had a walk around CASTELLAMMARE del GOLFO,
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and stopped in SAN VITO LO CAPO where the water was green with algae and uninviting. We had an ice cream instead.
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MARBLE MINES.
In the province of Trapani, on Sicily's western coast, beautiful rock formations grace the shoreline. They also contain the island's best-known stone export -- Perlato di Sicilia marble. Although Perlato di Sicilia is the general term by which it is internationally known,
there are actually many different classifications and varieties of this marble. It is quite similar to the broad reference to White Carrara marble, which also has many classifications within the general category.
The color is essentially beige, and the variation among classifications depends on the amount and pattern of the veining. The Perlatino varieties have a tighter, more compact pattern on the surface than Perlato. Additionally, the quarries yield some colored varieties, including tones of red and green.
Most of the marble quarries are actually in the town of Custonaci, within the Trapani Province but just outside the city center. Custonaci has a population of 5,000 people, the bulk of which work in the quarries or stoneworking operations. In all, the region boasts 130 active quarries and 3,500 people working in the industry.
Although the marble of Trapani has been quarried on an industrial scale for around 90 years, it has been used for centuries. Today, Custonaci/Trapani is responsible for 85% of Sicily's stone production and approximately 12% of Italy's production.

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Ended up having a swim at ABSOLUTE BEACH just 3 km from home, where the water was again crystal clear.
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Made it for sunset today!
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WEDNESDAY 28TH AUGUST 2019 (DAY 68)

Just a short drive today, before we handed the hire car back.
We went to a local village, Paceco, which was nothing more than a church and an ice cream shop - what more could you want?
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Although it was overcast and cloudy it was still hot enough for a swim so we drove to Lido S.Teodoro. Here we were able to walk through the shallow waters to an island. The water was warm and clear.
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We had to walk back to our accomodation after dropping off the hire car which was a couple of km's out of town.
We missed the sunset today!

Posted by Cindy Bruin 15:00 Archived in Italy Tagged museum salt marsala tripani Comments (0)

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