All posts tagged: Italy

Syracuse, Sicily – Day 1

Finally, I have to talk about Syracuse. Somehow it holds such a special place in my heart. Maybe I had had so many different versions of it in my imaginary world. Maybe I had been looking forward to it for too long …We arrived in Syracuse, Sicily, in an afternoon. The taxi driver dropped us off at the back of the building where we rented our apartment. “Here we are.” I told myself. “Finally!” The apartment we booked was in Ortigia. It was right at the water front with a tiny little balcony. The little balcony was just big enough for two chairs. Still, we appreciated it so much that we enjoyed every sunset there with a glass of Sicily wine. It was such a magical place. The famous Fonte Aretusa was very close to our apartment. The myth behind it is beautiful Nymph Arethusa was trying to escape from the love of Alpheus. Goddess Diana turned her into a spring. Then, Alpheus transformed himself into t a river to join together with the spring forever with Arethusa. The …

Taormina, Sicily

Taromina is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s one of the places that can offer pretty much everything you want for a holiday, view, beach, food, entertainment, nice accommodation and shopping experiences. No wonder Taormina is such a popular travel destination in Sicily. We only planned to spend one night in Taormina. We drove from Syracuse to Taormina. On a side note, we were so impressed by the motorways in Sicily. They are fantastic to drive on. We were a bit worried when we were planning the trip. If you want to travel from one place to another in Sicily, the roads are good. If you want to drive in the old town, that’s a completely different story. To me, it’s nerve-racking because of the extremely narrow streets. There are so much to do in Taormina, beaches, food, shopping and sightseeing. I think I will just talk about two highlights during our visit, the Greek Threatre and Castelmola. Teatro Greco (Greek Threatre) One must-see in Taromina is Teatro Greco (Greek Theatre) from 2nd century A.D., the second largest Greek …

Tropea, Italy

Hello everyone! Greetings from someone is back to work but still dreaming about travel in Italy. 🙂 I hope you have had a great weekend! I thought about what to share today of my trip. I realised that I can’t wait to tell you about Tropea. Although it was a really short stay, it’s truly one of the highlights on this trip. I have decided not to follow the order of our trip, just a different approach. Anyway, let’s get on with it, shall we? Tropea was our first stop after we left Sicily (don’t worry, I will have posts about Sicily in no time!). We booked the accommodation months ago. I don’t recall why we chose this penthouse apartment. After we dragged our suitcases through the stone streets and many levels of the building (there was no lift), the property manager opened the apartment door for us. His behaviour puzzled me for a second. He went straight to the balcony and open the glass door for us. Most of the owners would show us where …

Travel Bucket List Destinations- Southern Italy

It’s almost the time to plan and organise our trip of the year. We are going to Europe for sure. Apart from visiting my mother in law, we wouldn’t miss the opportunity to see some new places. When we were discussing our destinations, southern Italy came up many times. We both have been thinking about to travel in southern Italy for a while. Somehow, that part of the country is more appealing to us. Maybe we watched too many TV shows about southern Italy. Maybe it’s the culture. Maybe it’s the food! However, as usual, there is so much to see and so little time we have. Part of the trip organisation is to screen out the places we cannot go and concentrate to places we want to go the most. Making a bucket list for the destinations would serve the purpose. Here is mine! Sicily  Visiting southern Italy would be incomplete if we leave Sicily out of the plan. It’s the largest island in Italy.  Its rich history is fascinating enough. All the historic sites …

Not a book review

Happy Friday! 🙂 Finally, I finished the book, The Agony and The Ecstasy, written by Irving Stone. It’s a book of Michelangelo’s life story. It is a bit old since it was first published in 1958. However, a good book never gets old. This book took me the longest period to read, almost a month. Part of the reason was that I have been very busy for the past few weeks. I only had a little bit of time to read before bed time. Other than that, I found myself stopping in the middle of the reading very often, just chewing on the words, imagining the scene, and digesting the emotion. If you are interested in Michelangelo’s art and the story behind it, it is a book for you. I wish I had read it before we visited Florence and Rome. I have learned a lot from the book, the story behind his famous David, the way he learned the anatomy, his involvement in politics and popes, and so much more. Michelangelo is not just an artist. He …