Saturday, August 28, 2010

I have returned states' side.


After a trip on a very crowded plane but a convenient, direct flight from Palermo, I'm still in Sicily as far as mi mind goes. I will resume my postings to reflect some of the great sites in Sicily. I am glad to be in NY, but sad to be away from Sicily. Crazy, indeed.
The above image was shot with the Fuji S1 Pro.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Castellammare del Golfo


It's time to say goodbye to my beloved Castellammare. Leaving is always a sad event. But I will be back again and again.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Siracuse


The island of Ortigia, is the oldest part of Siracuse. It has the famous Fountain of Aretusa that is a water source, that although very close to the seashore, brings forth fresh water. There are mythological explations outside the scope of this blog. But it's afe to say that about half of classical Greek mythology has to do with Sicily. The Odyssey comes to mind as the clearest example.
Here we see a small street decorated with the "nasse" that fisherman used to do some special kind of fishing. As usual, the camera is the Canon G 11.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

NOTO


No one can say that have been to Sicily unless they go to Noto. In the end of the 17th century, this very wealthy and important center in Southern Sicily was razed by an earthquake. It was rebuilt in the then current architectural style that was late baroque. What resulted was a gem of a city. It has been fully restored to it's former glory and it is now a Heritage of Humanity site according to UNESCO. The vitality and super friendliness of it's people is almost unreal. The food is superb as it has and is producing some of Italy's greatest young chefs. More will follow on the great hospitality of this city.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Caltagirone




A not to be missed city in south central Sicily, Caltagirone is famous for it's ceramics. But it's main attraction is it's incredible long steps that take you up to the city's top. It's made by raws upon rows of steps each with a different ceramic tile pattern. The photos do not do it justice. The G 11 was used as it's my travel camera at the moment.