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  • Sicilian Landscapes

    Living in London i find it a must to get away even for a few days just to escape the hustle and bustle and gain abit of mental clarity.

    This would be the very first time i would have visited my island in the spring and beautiful it certainly was. Weather wise....Grey and cloudy. So not exactly the spring sunshine i was hoping for but a sense of quiet and calmness of the island is beautiful. Quiet streets which made driving enjoyable even for a fear of driving freak like me. Taking in the beauty of all the lush greeness surrounding me i had to remind myself to keep my eyes on the road!! lol

    Wild flowers and the never ending green fields which made a difference to all the dry dead fields i am used to seeing in the summer. I have added a few pictures taken in Palermo which was nice but i think i could have done with a better guide. LOL ;)

    What i loved most during this trip was visiting the ruins of Poggioreale. Poggioreale is one of the ghost towns in the Belice Valley which was totally destroyed by the 1968 earthquake. The current town was re built a few kilometres below which leaves the ruin completely isolated which makes it one of a kind, especially the view driving up. 

    So, me and one of my closet friends take the drive up and unfortunately when we arrive the gate to the ruins were locked. So what did we do? We turned around and went home..... mmmm YEA RIGHT. I was definitely not going to let a closed gate stop me, so the adventure begun by jumping the fence.

    From the minute my feet hit the ground i felt like i had jumped back into time. A time where this was a place where people lived. People walked this path that i was walking and could not believe how in a single moment peoples lives as they knew it literally crumbled to the ground. The atmosphere was eerie but there was a strange sense of peace like we were the sole survivers of an apocalypse.

    Certain paths were blocked by fallen walls and bricks and others by over grown shrubs and bushes. Considering health and safety im sure it was not the safest thing i have ever done especially with all the scafolding surrounding us just to keep certain buildings stable. Id be lying if i didnt think every now and then that at any moment anyone of these walls could fall by my feet but all i could think about was... wouldnt this make an awesome picture!

          Here is a picture of what the view above looked like back in the early days... i think this is amazing.

                

  • Sicilian Adventures 2014

    As those who know me Sicily is my must go to destination. Every year without fail i go to Sicily to spend time with my family and my friends. I visited a few new places but what took my breath away was the little town of Erice. 

    Perched on a hill at 750m above sea level overlooking the town of Trapani is where the historic town of Erice can be found!

    Parking is a massive pain and let me tell you make sure you bring SOMETHING WARM! Obviously with it being so high up shorts and a t shirt just wont cut it! Learn from my mistake :D

    I also visited for the first time the beach at Selinunte where me and my friend found some raw clay.. Of course we smothered ourselves with it and i can tell you i never felt my skin feel so soft! 

    Enjoy.

                     

  • The Beauty of Sicily

    I have been going to Sicily since i was 8 years old have unforgettable memories and great friendships that every year it feels like going home.

    My Dad is from the provence of Agrigento which is a very small village of Santa Margherita. From the moment you step your foot off the plane you feel the warm sun beaming down on our skin, the clear rustic air and the beautiful mountainous landscape surrounding you.

    About a week before all i can think about is the beach, clear waters, pizza, cannoli and the ice cream! The food in Sicily is soo good and not to mention such great value for money.

    Over the years iv travelled all over Sicily and every year it pulls me back. The Sicilian people are warm, friendly and extreamly generous. Driving skills not to great however :D

    From my previous visits i can see some work has taken place which i think is great. I have to say it has taken which seems forever to get the smallest of work to happen, but with the increase of tourists that now visit Sicily it is essential. Visiting Sicily is like going back into time, time stands still which i supppose is a possitive and negative thing but has a feeling of authenticity to it.

    One week is never enough but made sure i took my camera to Scala Dei Turchi (The Turkish Steps) where we spent the day!! Its a beaming white cliff in the form of steps!! You couldnt believe how easy it is to burn!! As i suffer from vertigo i couldnt make it all the way to the other side but quite impressed with how far i did get!! LOL .. If you go to Sicily its a must on the list as the views are SPECTACULAR!!

                      

    hope you enjoyed the images as much as i enjoyed taking them!