Monthly Archives: June 2011

Grillin’ Sicilian Style

That’s right, those 2 x 4s with nails sticking out of them, those are going to be used for burning down to embers and cooking over – a common practice here in Partanna.  This particular setup makes grilling in this … Continue reading

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RTW Planning | Where to Go

Here’s a quick list of the places I’d like to hit up during my 6 months away: 1. I would love to spend a month in Sicily with my family.  Ideally I would travel a bit through Italy first.  The … Continue reading

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A Walk Through Erice

Erice is located on top of Mount Erice, Sicily – approximately 750m above sea level on the islands north western coast. The main church is the first sight visitors see upon walking through Erice’s gates. A climb up to the … Continue reading

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Packing Rule #1

Damany and I have always tried to travel light, often using one carry-on sized suitcase between the two of us, as our checked luggage.  This is the reason I put my packing method into practice, and now I can’t imagine … Continue reading

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Found in Spain | Tarifa

One thing that I always notice, no matter what big city or small town I’m in, is the variety of art (commissioned or not), random architectural pleasures (which sometimes for me is architectural degredation), and tidbits of history hidden around … Continue reading

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Photo | Flying Buttresses

Seville, Spain From the yard of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, the flying buttresses of the structure are framed beautifully by the trees  that surround the church. “The cathedral was built to demonstrate Seville’s wealth, as it … Continue reading

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Photo | Caretto Siciliano

Mt Erice, Sicily “The Sicilian cart (or carretto Siciliano in Italian and carrettu Sicilianu in Sicilian or carretti (plural)) is an ornate, colorful style of horse or donkey-drawn cart native to the island of Sicily, in Italy. The carts were … Continue reading

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Similarities in Artistic Expression

Funny how from one place to another, people don’t vary that much in what interests and appeals to them.  Art is often an easy way to make this observation.  Below similar ideas for sculpture seem to grab the attention of … Continue reading

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Photo | Monkey Business

Top of the Rock, Gibraltar One of many cute, yet mischievous, faces atop the rock of Gibraltar.  Though tourists are asked not to feed the animals, some have a tendency to disregard this request, creating a situation where the monkeys … Continue reading

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Gibellina – A Photo Essay

Gibellina (Sicilian: Gibbiddina) was a small community in the mountains of central Sicily, just a half hour drive up la montagna from Partanna (my father’s home town), which was destroyed by the 1968 earthquake. Now known as Ruderi di Gibellina … Continue reading

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