Scents of Sicily

The first time I came to Northern Sicily, it was at the end of October. I live in NYS where there are seasonal cycles of flowers – crocus, lilacs, and daffodils in the spring, azalea, iris and gerberas in the summer, chrysanthemums in the fall.     But Sicily is a different story. She always […]

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Sitting in the Sicilian Piazza

Sitting in the piazza   Smelling the Coffee Sweets Cannoli Wanting to taste everything .   Entering the Cathedral   Sensing the history Smelling the faint incense Musty Smelling the holiness Touching Smooth, cool marble .   We got off the autostrada in Cefalu, a small seaside community with a world renowned Norman Cathedral. That […]

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Feeling Beautiful

In my life I have never felt as beautiful as I do in Sicily. It doesn’t matter if I am wearing a “vestito per a casa” (a dress/garment ONLY to be worn at home – not in public), something more classic, or something more revealing.     The first time I was in Europe, I […]

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Birth on Ustica Island

Ustica, a small island off the northern coast of Sicily, opposite Palermo has the ability to transport you to as simple a life as you could imagine. During the year, there are about 1000 inhabitants. In the summer, it’s another story. Ustica lines transports many people every summer from Sicily.     Because I have […]

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My House Near the Sea in Sicily

My house is near the sea – a walk, the distance of maybe 30 yards.     Within my neighborhood, there is a very diverse environment. Because it is off the beaten path and a little quirky, there are buildings that were built 35 years ago without the proper zoning; Because the zoning was non […]

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How to Look Like a Local When Traveling in Sicily

If you want to have an authentic experience and look like you belong while immersing yourself in Sicily, keep the below travel tips in mind.     Don’t order a cappuccino after noon in Sicily. This is a breakfast only drink and will show your travel inexperience right away.   However, Sicilians and Italians do […]

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Ha Apprecchiato La Tavola Molto Bene (She sets a beautiful table)

From Sicily, 8,000 miles away, you don’t need me to tell you that when an Italian sets the table, the table is set! In Sicily, there are three “F’s”; you know the first, the other two are food and family OR family and food. Al fresco – eating outside in the summer is never given […]

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Birds & Bees

The first thing I do every morning at my Sicilian house is open the front door, front wooden shutters and the iron gate. This is both practical and symbolic. I want to let in all of Sicily. To quote Rosalind Russell in the production of “Mame,” “life is a banquet and most people are starving.” […]

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Fishing

Every morning in the summer where I live there are the local fishermen who set out a couple of polls and wait for the fish to bite. Maybe they will have luck, maybe not. That’s not the point. They are in touch with the bigness of the sea and what they see while they are […]

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Icarus

My education was at an all-girls catholic high school, with one male teacher, 5-6 ‘lay’ teachers and the rest were nuns. I was taught the classics – mythology and Latin were among my classes. I remember reading, in Latin, (the drudgery of the Latin pronunciations is indelible in my memory) the story of Icarus and […]

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