As I began preparing for my next big adventure to Egypt, I couldn’t help but smile as I looked back to my trip to Sicily several years ago. Sicily is a magical place and I had a wonderful trip.
The food, the company, the scenery, the fashion, and of course, the wine was phenomenal. I loved everything about the country. The people were lovely, the wine was cheap (and fabulous), and the food was to die for! My fellow travelers were so much fun to be with and we were able to share some great experiences.
For my blog post today I wanted to share my trip photos and tell you about some of the interesting things to do and see in Sicily,
The trip itinerary included both a visit to Taormina and the capital city of Palermo. Each of the cities are totally different and represent interesting parts of the county. The town of Taormina is nestled in the countryside along the ocean and Palermo is a busy city with lots of people and traffic. Both are unique and lovely.
We started out in Taormina. The interesting thing is that the G-5 summit has followed me for the past several years. Two weeks after I left the country, the summit was scheduled to begin. The next couple of years they followed me to Cape Town, South Africa and then to Buenos Aires, Argentina. This year the summit is in France, maybe I should follow them!
The scenery was absolutely stunning in Taormina. The views from the hillside take your breath away. Luxury resorts were tucked away in the hillside while the small town of Taormina was situated at the top of the hill overlooking the ocean.
The town of Taormina had so much to do and to see. Whether you wanted to shop, eat, drink, or simply just people watch, this was definitely the area for you!
The first day of our visit we struck up a friendship with one of the shop owners. Of course, it didn’t hurt that my credit card got a good workout there, but we asked the shopkeeper for a recommendation for lunch. He personally escorted us over to one of his neighbors and asked them to take good care of us.
We sat down and ordered wine (we were in Italy for goodness sake!) and a starter. I ordered a caprese salad. OMG!
For the main course we asked for a recommendation from the owner. Fresh fish!
We were even sceneraded while we sipped our wine. I felt like I was in a movie!
The owner brought the fish over and filleted it at the table. His knife skills were so good that three cuts and the fish was ready to eat. I don’t know if I was so excited to be there and I was having such a good time, but the food was wonderful!
Did you know that cannoli’s were invented in Sicily? I couldn’t wait to get my hands on an authentic delicacy. I can say that it was worth the wait!
After a celebratory drink of lemon cello to celebrate our new friendship with the restaurant owner in Taormina we left to do more sightseeing.
Sicilian pottery is gorgeous. The streets were decorated with decorative pots, there were decorative pots on balconies, and we saw a lot of pottery shops in Taormina. The workmanship and detail are unbelievable on the pottery. I bought a piece while I was there, but I’m still mad at myself for not shipping more home. From whimsical to real life, the pottery was amazing.
Pretty soon it was time for Happy Hour. Sicilians love happy hour. For happy hour most places serve nuts, crackers, cheese and a variety of nibbles. All are free of charge, it’s always a celebration.
The town of Taormina has a famous bar called Cafe Wunderbar. It’s sits in in the middle of town and the people watching is great. They have nightly entertainment and a great wine list. This is definitely my kind of town!
At the end of the day you must have a Italian gelato. Gelato is the Italian name for ice cream. It’s a little different than ice cream, it has a lower fat content and contains more milk than cream. The shop was so cute, who could resist?!
If you ever get the chance to visit Taormina, you should! It’s a wonderful place and the people are very warm and hospitable. Until next time, xoxo