Sicily

Shananigans is back

Shananigans is back

I’ve been on holidays… a brief diversion for a week in Sicily, a land of magic and colour, of sunshine and history, of baroque cities, rugged coastline, rolling fertile landscapes and beautiful beaches all in a compact package. It was a week to savour a combination of excellent food and wine, stunning cityscapes, the wilder northwest and the gentler south east of the island and to soak up the late summer colours, aromas, light and...

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Sicily – already dreaming of coming back

Sicily – already dreaming of coming back

It’s official. A week isn’t long enough to appreciate Sicily but it’s enough time to fall in love with it and dream of returning. We’ve spent the last 3 days wandering the necklace of baroque cities in this south east corner of the island: Ortigia in Siracusa, drifting through its narrow tangle of alleyways and streets to its elegant Piazza del Duomo and out again to catch the breeze off the sea; Noto with a hint of the...

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Our best meal in Sicily in 2012

Our best meal in Sicily in 2012

Apart from the excellent food in Pocho.it near San Vito Lo Capo, the meals on this whistle stop tour of Sicily have been a bit disappointing. Last night’s dinner at Trattoria del Crocifisso was an exception and deserves a brief blog post all of its own. We stumbled into this lovely trattoria, high up in Noto Alta, about 10 minutes walk from Corso Vittorio Emanuelle, to escape the thunder and lightening and rain lashing down from the...

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Sicily 3 ways in 1 week

Sicily 3 ways in 1 week

I had been to Sicily once before – an enjoyable week in Taormina following the well-trodden tourist trail including a day-trip to Mount Etna. It was a good holiday but quite manicured and I didn’t leave with a feeling that I had experienced the real Sicilia. This time, with only a week free before the busy Autumn period begins, I picked up low-fare mid-week to mid-week flights from Dublin to Catania on an Aer Lingus sale, rented a...

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