Monthly Archives: January 2014

Seccagrande, Selinunte and a bit of a Windy One

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Yet again lingering in one spot longer than intended. What should have been an overnight stop turned into a 3 day event, but there you go! It meant we got to fit in some exercise between the slightly less than perfect weather. Odd showers here and there, hail at one point, and the next few days looks like it will… Read more »

Scottish cycling advert banned over ‘no helmet’ (via BBC News)

See update at bottom of post. The ASA said showing a rider without a helmet could encourage behaviour “prejudicial to health and safety” A television advert promoting safe cycling has been banned for showing a rider without a helmet. The advert, part of a campaign by Cycling Scotland, seeks to encourage drivers to give cyclists the same space and care… Read more »

Another Gorge, Windy Weather and Gorgeous Sunsets

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We are slowly but surely moving around the coast. Slight turn in the weather, rain last night and pretty windy too for 24 house, which has whipped up the seas quite a treat. We went via Ispica, another Baroque influenced town, but more noted for its gorge which has been home for thousands of years to some, who carved out… Read more »


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The town of Noto is renowned for its Baroque architecture, although not alone on this western side of Sicily. The earthquake of 1693 devastated most of the habitable parts of western Sicily, and whilst people were obviously happy to rebuild, they did so in the style of the day. As a result, Catania and the much smaller Noto are peppered… Read more »

Lido de Noto

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After Syracuse, we headed for the Baroque styled town of Noto, although diverted off to the nearby Lido (beach) which has a campsite and made ourselves at home, despite the lack of anyone official in attendance. Fortunately, the charming Janos and Kataszi from Hungary were on hand with enough English to point us in the right direction. Its a nice,… Read more »


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You know its always somewhat fatal to say that you are going to update your blog more often, because it inevitably means that you’ll do exactly the opposite to that. Good intentions and all that, scuppered but apathy. Never mind. I’ll create the illusion that there have been more posts by doing what London buses do, and have three come… Read more »

Mount Etna, and a Mountain of Wine

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We woke to the sort of view you get on a long haul flight – you draw back the window blind and find yourself staring down on clouds and the vast array of colours produced as the rising sun breaks the horizon. Very beautiful. It didn’t turn out to be quite as cold as forecast so we were quite happy…. Read more »

Uprooted at Last

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Finally, after two weeks in one spot, we managed to tear ourselves away from Eden Parking. It’s been lovely taking a break from constant moving bit the last few days we’ve been getting itchy feet again. That stagnation also goes to explain the lack of updates here for the last week. We’ve been out for short walks and on the… Read more »

A Walk to Isola Bella

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Another sunny day, another change to do a bit more washing, this time the duvet covers got a dunking and we are now caught up on that front. We headed out on foot back toward Taormina, up the hill into the town (done with some pace on my part for its aerobic benefits – made me good a sweaty I… Read more »