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May 26, 2013 |
The Sicilian Cart in Agrigento

The Sicilian Cart or Carretto Siciliano is a common sight around tourist attractions in Sicily. The horse and cart form part of the folklore of Sicilian culture with the carretto often painted in bright and colourful illustrations that depict historical events in Sicily. During festivals, they often form part of processions and the horses end [...]

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Travel

May 13, 2013 |
Agrigento: Valley of the Temples, Sicily

The Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi) is an ancient archaeological site situated in close proximity to Agrigento on the south coast of Sicily. Set on a plateau overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, it is the site of the ancient Greek city of Akragas. Agrigento: Valley of the Temples A road separates Valle dei Templi, [...]

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Travel

July 7, 2011 |
Signorello Ceramiche: Sicilian Ceramics, Mazara del Vallo

A bouquet of ceramic lemons hangs on a wall in the Kasbah of the Sicilian town of Mazara del Vallo. Curious, I turn the corner and spot a woman in a white coat standing in front of a shop. In the distance, I mistake her for a chef or a cook on a short break [...]

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Food, Travel

September 22, 2010 |
At Home with Dolci Siciliani in Mazara del Vallo

The tray of dolci siciliani is set seductively on the dinner table. Wearing nothing but a thin sheet of paper, it teases the eye with a hint of roundness that lays beneath. “Take a photo of the name of the Pasticceria,” someone yells out from around the dinner table. I smile, pleased that my relatives [...]

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Travel

September 20, 2010 |
Marsala-Trapani Salt Route: Egadi Islands, Windmills and Salt Marshes

The pleasant drive through the town of Marsala is threatened by ominous cloud. I spot the street sign with the name of the town and I suddenly feel thirsty. This is wine country, and many a bottle of Marsala has been enjoyed in fine company. The coastline comes into view and a religious statue framed [...]

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Travel

August 31, 2010 |
Hotel Cristal Palace: Palermo

During our trip to Sicily, a last minute change of plans had us spending 24 hours in Palermo. There was little time to look for accommodation and we needed a hotel that was relatively inexpensive but comfortable. Since we were arriving by bus from Mazara del Vallo and there was a stop near Teatro Politeama, [...]

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