May 18th 2015

Here's a peek into our photo albums from Sicily this spring. We enjoyed a magnificent display of wildflowers on our recent back-to-back Walks in Eastern and Western Sicily. big fennel The island is a wonderful place for flowers – in the spring the mountain trails are lined with tall towers of wild fennel. We hiked between their golden plumes with blue sky overhead and birdcalls echoing across the wild scrub. Our path in Western Sicily took us to the Greek temple and theatre at Segesta. These inspiring buildings date from the third century BC. ancient ruinsWalking up to them using ancient pathways we felt time stand still and the eternity of now. After such an awesome experience, it was great to come down to earth with a satisfying, traditional lunch at an agriturismo farmhouse – a working farm that also provides food and accommodation for travellers. We tucked into the arancini – stuffed balls of rice coated in breadcrumbs and fried. Their name means 'little oranges' and derives from their shape and color, not their taste. Arancini is the favorite dish of Inspector Montalbano, the main character in Andrea Camilleri’s detective novels set on Sicily. stream Our Walk in Eastern Sicily offered an impressive change of scene when we hiked the Valley of Anapo, a succession of gorges and creeks. Here we visited the Bronze Age settlement of Pantalica, the largest necropolis in the Mediterranean. paddlingAfter lunch, there was time to wet our feet in the shimmering Ionian Sea before dinner. We’re off to Sicily again in the Fall – will you join us?

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