Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Our Second Anniversary...

On this special day, all the wild flowers of Etna were in full bloom for us!

For those of you who were able to join us two years ago, here in Sicily for our wedding, do you remember the yellow Ginestra bursting out along the streets? Today, on our motorbike, we drove the same streets and thought of that very day...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Auguri Debbi and Carmelo

Yesterday Debbi and Carmelo celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary. Thirteen of us dined on a fabulous feast!
Don't forget, Debbi and Carmelo offer a very relaxing Sicilian Vacation Rental Property. Their current guests joined us!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Auguri Francesco & Kelly Marie Russo

Here are some pictures from Kelly and Francesco's wedding...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sagra delle nespole: Calatabiano (CT)

Time to gather the nespole! This past weekend in the town of Calatabiano, there was the Sagra delle nespole. Hoards of people gathered to taste nespole gelato, nespole jam, liquor, cream, crepes, and many more creations. To kick of the night the mayor of the town helped serve the guests slices of a 12 meter long nespole cake.

Next weekend the town is celebrating A CALATA DI SAN FULIPPU. Check out a video from a few years ago here. I won't be able to make it next weekend, but I've heard it is something not to miss...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Pellegrinaggio a Vena

This morning, bright and early, the town set off on their annual Pellegrinaggio a Vena, pilgrimage to Vena. Vena is a fraction of Piedimonte Etneo, just north 5km. The Sunday of the festa delle Madonna, devotees make this pilgrimage and share in a Church service all together. (I didn't take my camera out much today, unfortunately. I was busy walking... :)

Church service was held at 10:00 in Vena, and the church was packed! Afterwords, everyone gathered in the square and enjoyed the fresh Vena air. It was a glorious morning...

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Back home!

That's right, back home in Sicily! We visited many beautiful places these past few weeks, but I must say that it feels great to be back. One thing is true, in my opinion, nothing can beat the Sicilian Simplicity!

Fresh from the garden vegetables, what can be better?

Beautiful plump fave beans...

Sweet, juicy peas...

May is here and everything is in bloom! What a beautiful welcome home gift...

Our neighbors were staying cool in the shade...

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

¡Adiós para ahora, regresaremos!

Barcelona sunshine...

It's now time to go back home, Sicilia here we come!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

A Night in Tunisia

When in Tunisia...

A walk along the streets of Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia. This lovely blue and white village is perched on the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Tunis.

In the distance, the emerald sea with the mountain of Bou Kornine and the southern beaches of Tunis across the Bay.

It was a Sunday evening and the streets were full of locals. Family and friends gathered together in the cool evening air.

Along the cobblestone streets, we followed the sound of music and singing up to a small room. We discovered a group of women enjoying the afternoon together. It was here that I turned and noticed Alessia Marcuzzi and two of her frineds standing right next to us. They were also enjoying the celebration...

I met a friend and got to work...

So many beautiful things to see here... In Carthage, the museum displays mosaics, sculptures and artifacts from the period before Carthage was destroyed by Rome in 146 BC.

Saint Louis Cathedral (French: La cathédrale Saint-Louis de Carthage) is an old Roman Catholic cathedral located in Carthage, Tunisia. Situated on the peak of Byrsa Hill and near the ruins of the ancient Punic and then Roman city, the cathedral is no longer used for worship but hosts concerts of Tunisian music and classical music.

St. Louis Cathedral, built by the French in 1890 and dedicated to the 13th century saint-king who died on the shores of Carthage in 1270.

Ella Fitzgerald A Nigth In Tunisia

The moon is the same moon above you
Aglow with its cool evening light
But shining at night, in tunisia
Never does it shine so bright

The stars are aglow in the heavens
But only the wise understand
That shining at night in tunisia
They guide you through the desert sand

Words fail, to tell a tale
Too exotic to be told
Each nights a deeper night
In a world, ages old

The cares of the day seem to vanish
The ending of day brings release
Each wonderful night in tunisia
Where the nights are filled with peace