ending on a (sicilian) high note

In a spontaneous turn of events, Aviva and I found the cheapest tickets to Sicily and ended up in Trapani – a city we knew nothing about. Thankfully, the airline gods were in our favor because the Western side of Sicily ended up being a paradise for food, amazing beaches, and wildlife.

Trapani is a beautiful blend of cultures – the region has Arabic, Spanish, and French influence, and the most famous Trapanese food is mediterranean cous cous. I was thankful to get away from pasta and pizza and instead enjoy beautiful pistachio cannoli and mediterranean cuisine.

The Sicilian dialect is hard to understand but everyone was extremely kind and helpful so it was easy to get around. Sidenote about the accent here: I loved that along with the calm way of life in the South of Italy, the accents were softer than in the North. For instance, the word “Erice” is pronounced “Eh-ri-che” in the North, and “Eh-ree-sheh” in Sicily. The blend of cultures can also be seen in Sicilian dialect words that often slip through conversation in Italian – i.e. – the word in Italian for receipt is “ricevuta,” but Sicilians say “ricivu,” which was allegedly influenced by the Spanish word for receipt – recibo.

After arriving in Trapani in the morning, we took a bus to San  Vito lo Capo and rented a paddle board to traverse the clear water. We then headed back to Trapani that night for a night in the city. The next day, we took a ferry to a small island called Favignana for the day. The best way to get around the island is to bike, so we biked from the port to Bue Marino, Cala Rossa, and Cala Azzurra. The blue water and the colorful facades were GORGEOUS – I couldn’t stop taking photos! On Favignana is the first factory to perfect the method to can tuna, so we visited the museum and made sure to eat tuna later that night.

 

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Amazing ceramics – it’s no wonder Dolce & Gabbana has been so inspired by Sicilian art!
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Aviva buying Sicilian almonds

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At the tuna museum

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Donkeys in Favignana

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Bue Marino in Favignana

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  1. Paulis, que padre que pudiste visitar Sicilia, una de las zonas mas interesantes de Italia, y que como dices por estar en medio del Meditarreneo, tiene una mezcla de culturas. Que raro que no tuviste que llegar por avion a Palermo, que es la ciudad mas importante de Sicilia, y ademas es la capital, pero que bueno que pudiste irte a donde estan las playas, pegado al mar. Es sorprendente ver cactus en esas partes, asi como burros (donkees) que ya es muy raro encontrarlos. El mar se ve fabuloso, tan azul como el de Cancun. Sabias que en Sicilia, claro no donde estuviste, pero en Palermo y en Catania, son los lugares donde dominaron por muchos años la famosa mafia Italiana, que incluso muchos se pasaron a E.U. y formaron grandes organizaciones criminales. Tuviste muy buen viaje de despedida, porque ya nos dijo tu Mami que este jueves ya vuelas de regreso a USA, para irte el domingo a Ann Arbor, y despues a New York para training con Google.

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  2. Paulina says:

    Si, muchos van a Palermo y rentan un carro para ir a diferentes lugares en Sicilia! La region de Calabria tiene muchos problemas de mafia todavia, y me imagino que en Sicilia tambien. De echo, unos meseros super lindos nos dijieron que solo nos teniamos que preocupar si chavos nos empezaban a hablar de lo bueno del mafia – run away! 🙂 Pero lo bueno es que para turistas, no se nota nada y Trapani estuvo super seguro. La infraestructura (no se si se usa esa palabra asi en Español, pero tipo el “infrastructure”) de la ciudad es muy nueva y muy bien cuidada. Todo se ve muy limpio, seguro, etc – no como me imaginaba el Sur por la forma en que los Milanese lo describen. Me da ganas de leer un libro de Sicilia y aprender mas de la historia porque se me hizo super interesante – no se siente que Milan esta en el mismo país.

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