Finally, I am so excited to be going to Sicily and in our camper.
We are free….
We left home August 16th from Le Marche where we will be driving straight to Sicily. We parked and slept the night along the highway in a gas station, then the next morning we were on the road again. See we have a way of doing our trips, by trying to go straight to our destination and taking it easy on the way back home without rush.
So here is our Sicilian Adventure of 2016, mostly a photo journal I hope you enjoy and it’s informative for anyone who whats to do the same.
F.Y.I… We prefer to park (Sosta Libera) freely, not using a campsite when possible. On this trip we used Google Maps. We looked for the bluest beach area, tapped our finger and let maps take us there.
Start with, August 16-17th
Autostrada Adriatica Apulia
Aug 16 camper at gas station. Apulia
Reggio here we come!
Here we are
The sea in the arch of the Italian boot
We made it to the isle of Sicily Giardini-Naxos Full moon dinner
Now August 18th.
Here we have Parco Fluviale dell’Alcantara & The famous Volcano Etna.
Aug 18 Parco Fluviale dell’Alcantare
the water here was ice cold at this natural park Fluviale
The rock formation behind us was amazing…
Rushing river & beautiful rock canyon
Heading to Mount Etna the Volcano
We arrived and found a parking space…
Then it began to rain…ugh.. but no worries
We are here.
Rain stopped… now to climb first part of the Volcano
Is our camper still there? Yes!!!
Beautiful views… tomorrow we will climb that one at sunrise.
Views from Etna are breathtaking
Thoughts on The Volcano!
The vegetation and black volcanic rock looks amazing together
The vegetation looks like little islands
where is my Hubs?
This liquor is called The Fire of Etna
View of Catania, tomorrow we climb Etna then Catania
August 19th Monte Etna & Catania.
Below is, Etna, some wild dogs and Catania.
These wild dogs were our guide up the dark mountain for the sunrise
Thank you puppy for guiding us
Going up the Volcano Cristiano on a bike and I in a cable car.
In CableCar up to The Volcano Etna!
On a Volcano Etna I met this Lady! She is amazing and became a friend!!!
Smoke rings of Etna!
Here come Cristiano!!! huff huff huff
There goes Cristiano… huff huff huff!!
The money shot!
Taking the bus in Catania to meet a dear friend I never met, in person.
Waiting for Tamara in Catania.
sightseeing in Catania
Aperitif with the views of The Volcano Etna with Tamara.
How beautiful is this with Etna behind us, thanks T.
Etna The Force!
Goodmorning, going to meet Tamara for sightseeing and beach time by bike.
The fish market!
Biking the city
Biking the city of Catania
Swinging my hair!!
Old guys playing cards in the park!
graffiti in Catania
August 21 & 22
Here we have, Syracuse, Isle of Ortigia and the Isle of two currents. The Isle of two currents is the most southern tip of Sicily, where The Ionian Sea & The Mediterranean Sea meet.
Ortigia & Syracuse
Ortigia & Syracuse
Church of Ortigia
Castle of Maniace in Ortigia
Inside the Maniace Fortress
Inside the Fortress of Maniace
Good swimming !!!!
Church of the crying Madonna She is actually way on top there.
Inside the church of the crying Madonna
A painting I liked inside the church
It is said that the tears that came from the statue of the Madonna were real and healing.
Her tears healed all these people.
The first and only campsite we stayed at.
I loved this fountain I saw in Avola Lions drinking
On the road
We stopped here in Fondo Morte Later a parking ticket came in the mail
This is the Isle of 2 currents where the Mediterranean & Ionian sea meet
Sunset Isle of 2 currents
Sunset and supper Isle of 2 currents
The 2 seas
When the tied is low u can walk to the fortress
Going for a morning swim
Morning view from our camper
we are off
On the road again
we are here
WAKE UP!!!! We gotta go!!!
August 23, 24, 25….
Valley of the Temples, Stairs of the Turks and a Kitebeach that had no wind.
Going to the Vally of the Temples.
Took tour at night
Vally of the Temples
our shadows like Gods
Goodnight in parking lot
The stairs of the Turks made up of soft rocks
Scala di Turchi
On the road again
Cassata Siciliana dessert after lunch
We found a new beach to park for the night.
Another stray dog who will get our scraps
Perfect beach spot
See you at the kite beach
August 26, 27, 28.
Below we found a kite beach with lots of wind (Kiwis Kiteschool), Erice, SanVito Lo Capo, Palermo and Monreale.
Leaving this Beach to find Kite beach
Down this road we found the best kite beach. I finally got to kiting
Location of kitebeach
A brown Madonna, Love It!!!
Walking around the old village
Walking around old village
Walking around, Wait!!! Is that wind!!! lets go back to kitebeach
I’m finally going wooohooo
Party Tonight on Kitebeach
Bad shot of me dancing but Boy I was having a good time!
Sabine & I dancing acting fools!
Off again to a beach in San Vito Lo Capo
On the road
Parked here and headed down to the beach for a drink and sunset
Drinking and enjoying the sunset
Morning coffee and off to find our friends in Palermo
Lunch with friends
Fried baby squid yummm
Calamari & Potatoes
A fish for 4 people
Getting good and tipsy
Famous Ice Cream Yummmm
Now to explore Monreale
going inside this church
Amazing Photo does no justice
Photos do no justice
lalallalaa Walking around
ok hope the owner does not come out and see us! shhhhh
Oh I forgot my favorite Pasta w/clams
After this long day we drove back to kite beach to sleep and see if there would be wind the next day…….. not. But we did see Flamingos eating pink salt on the Salt Marshes.
Cant see this but there are Pink Flamigos
Then salt is raked up
Put in piles
The windmill has something to do with the salt but i don’t know
We stopped here and bought a ceramic thing that i made into a lamp when we got home
OH WOW saw kites flying from the highway… so we pulled off and down this road
Now on our way off this island but we must return!
Now we must take the Ferry Boat and cross to the mainland, because we have an appointment with my Aunt on September 2 . In Polignano a Mare, this place is a must see.
August 31–September 1,2
Crossed over, went to Taranto, because I just “had” to have the famous, “Cozze di Taranto”. Then to a beautiful beach called Baia della Torretta for the night. The next morning Polignano a Mare, to see my anut who came for a short visit. Then the next day HOME!!!!!
We crossed over and for lunch i have my hart set on Mussels
We arrived in a village famous for musscles/cozze Taranto!!!
It looks a little shabby, there is a little place to eat and it was delicious
Google map shows other campers
The road to this
Wow its gorgeous… lets go swimming the sun goes
End of a beautiful day
lets go across and explore that, fort?
Walking across these beauties
OOoo the Fort!
NOT! the walk was nice i guess…
Our camper is over there
OK off to meet aunty at 10am hurry!!! we must drive across the heel if Italy
Oh No! some rain.
Oh WOW!! Storm!!!
Some “Trulli” as we come out the storm.
Made it and parked. In Poligano a Mare.
Aunti!!! yes she IS my aunt. look at this place.
Better view. This place is a must see. Poligano, it is built into the cliffs
Found a place to park for the nigh, here in Poligano. then tomorrow home!
Driving home. to Le Marche.
WOW, sorry that was a bit long… But I do surly hope you liked it. If you have any questions on any of these places above just leave a comment and i will get back to you A.S.A.P!!!