Archive | July, 2016

OUTNUMBERED IN CEFALU APRIL 2016

Over a million visitors crowd into this pretty holiday town, where the population is 14,000. Although the season is not started in April, the streets were full of Italian families on holiday. The narrow medieval streets have shiny stone pavings in diamond patterns. They all seem to lead to the clean sweeping beach which is […]

A CALM BAY AT TINDARI APRIL 2016

Soon after sunrise we weighed anchor and motored eastwards in the remainder of the swell left over from the squalls.  We had some anxiety about such high windsappearing yesterday when they were not forecast. The moderate swell continued from the north west, pushing us round Capo Calava. As usual at capes, the wind picked up and […]

CATANIA -MORE DARK ROCKS – APRIL 2015

  Catania is a dark city. Dark rocks of  basalt form the road paving. The walls above the black basalt base courses are of dark render, made from the same aggregates. It is laid out in very long straight streets, as if some alien imprinted straight lines on the devastation after the earthquake of 1693. In […]