#1 rest stops…Sicily, Italy–

IMG_0041 IMG_0040 IMG_0039 IMG_0036We work up quite a thirst and appetite while toolin’ around lookin’ at stuff here in Sicily, and fortunately for us Sicily, and Italy overall, has the world’s greatest rest stops.  Every gas station in the entire country has a top-notch espresso machine with expert staff who know how to make extremely wonderful espressos and machiatos. . .plus, all of these stops have an amazing array of snacks: delicious potato chips, delectable focaccia, pizzas, pastries, charcuterie, cheeses, etc. and so on. . .totally wonderful–mmmm, aaaahh!  We love driving around in Sicily cuz the roadside snacks are so damn good. . .you will love them if you ever find yourself toolin’ around in these parts.

I send you restorative vibes from a roadside rest stop somewhere on the road from Agrigento to Palermo. . .feel them. . .they will help you get to where yer goin’.

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Interior of Sicily…burnished and seductive–

IMG_0052 IMG_0032 IMG_0029 IMG_0018Here we are driving north from Agrigento to Palermo through the western interior of Sicily.  The road is smooth and winding. . .the landscape is burnished and golden and harsh–we are totally seduced by it. . .the sun is unrelenting. . .the breezes are warm. . .and our hearts are touched by this ancient and historic and fertile land. . .mmm, aaahh!

Our imaginations run wild as we picture all of the ancient peoples who have called this place home doing their various thangs here: Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Byzantines, Normans, Lombards, Africans, etc. and so on. . .what an honor to travel a road that so many have traveled before us.  Our endless curiosity keeps driving us forward as we seek out everything that is around the next bend, over the next hill, in the next valley, and in the next town.  We love exploring Sicily, and I know that you will, too, if you ever find yourself over here.

I send you rustic and resilient vibes from the countryside of Sicily. . .feel them. . .they will help you be more productive today.

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‘La madia’ rocks!

IMG_0162 IMG_0160 IMG_0148 IMG_0142We ate lunch at this great two-Michelin-star restaurant called ‘La madia’ in Licata, Sicily a few days ago, and it was absolutely fabulous.  I have already posted about this place, but I feel moved to post about it again because we cannot stop thinking about the meal we had here.  Above you see me admiring the chef’s version of an arancino–the famous rice ball concoction that is a Sicilian specialty. . .you see a bottle of the I Custodi white wine from the Etna region that we sucked down with our meal–totally delicious. . .you see the chef’s famous version of buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes–you ain’t ever tasted anything like this before, so delectable and delicious–mmmmm!!  La madia. . .if everyone on Earth could eat here just once in their lives, then there would be no more wars.  Salut!

I send you stupendous vibes from La madia in Licata, Sicily. . .feel them. . .they are full of magic and madness.

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#1 hotel…Agrigento, Sicily–

IMG_0012 IMG_0006 IMG_0004 IMG_0136POW!  We recommend that you  stay at this place if you ever visit Agrigento, Sicily for a tour of the Valley of the Temples. . .the Baglio della Luna.  The buildings that make up this hotel were built in the thirteenth century as a watch tower for the ruling military folks of the time.  A ‘baglio’ is simply a building with a courtyard in the center of it, and a lovely courtyard it is. . .with the added benefit of the fabulous watch tower where the best rooms are located–be sure to request a tower room.  We love the Baglio dello Luna, and you will, too, I gar-ron-taaaay!! because they have the largest coffee mugs in all of Sicily:-).

I send you warm and welcoming vibes from the Baglio della Luna in Agrigento. . .feel them. . .they will put smile on your face that will last a long long time.

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#1 fine dining…Licata, Sicily–

IMG_0138 IMG_0152 IMG_0155 IMG_0179POW!  It’s time for lunch in one of the top-rated restaurants on all of Sicily: a joint called La Madia located in Licata on the southern coast of this glorious island.  La Madia has two Michelin stars, and it is easy to see why once we start gobbling. . .this place totally rocks!  La Madia means “cupboard” in Italian, and the mastermind behind this wonderful restaurant is a guy called Pino Cuttaia.  Pino worked and trained in great restaurants all over the world, and then he returned to his home in Licata to open his dream restaurant.  Licata is a bit of a working-class and gritty-feeling place. . .seems kind of rugged as we drive into town. . .but once we arrive at the entrance to La Madia, we know that we are in for a fabulous meal. . .we can just feel it in the way we are greeted by our waiter at the door, in the way he seats us, in the way he makes us feel comfortable and welcomed. . .and then Pino himself comes out, says ‘hello’ to us, and then simply announces that he will choose what we should eat for lunch. . .we happily give ourselves over to him.

And boy are we rewarded for this willingness to give over. . .Pino wows us with some sort of illusionary take on a pizza, then his famous buffalo mozzarella that feels and tastes like nothing you have ever had before, then his anchovies–again, unlike any you have ever had, then his octopus on a rock–glorious!!. . .then his arancino–delicious. . .then his squid-skin raviolo stuffed with zucchini–unbelievably good. . .then desserts of sicilian ice-cream cake, ricotta, a lovely espresso and a firm yet smooth grappa. . .mmm, aaaahh. . .and the whole meal is washed down with a delicious white wine from the slopes of Mount Etna–salut!  We are oh-so happy for a couple of hours while gobbling all of this goodness.  Please eat at La Madia if you ever find yourself wandering around on the southern coast of Sicily lookin’ for somethin’ good to jam into yer pie hole. . .you will love it, I gar-ron-taaaay!

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Temples galore…Agrigento, Sicily–

IMG_0033 IMG_0047 IMG_0112 IMG_0128BAM!  Here we are checkin’ out the amazing collection of ancient temple ruins known as the ‘Valley of the Temples’ in Agrigento on the southern coast of Sicily.  This place is wonderful.  As you can see, these are some of the best-preserved Greek temples on planet Earth. . .most of these babies were built about 2,500 years ago or so. . .the Concordia Temple, Temple of Herakles, Temple of Zeus, Kolymbetra Garden, etc. and so on. . .there is so much to see here that you can spend a whole day in the blazing sun soaking up the vibes of the ancient Greeks who built these structures, the ancient Romans who probably admired them and were a tad jealous of them, the Carthaginians, the Byzantines, the Normans, the Arabs, and everyone else who has trod these grounds. . .mmm, aaaahh!  I love the Valley of the Temples, and I know that you will, too, if you ever get the chance to visit this glorious place.

I send you long-lasting vibes from Agrigento. . .feel them. . .they will be here long after we are all gone.

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The Duomo…Siracusa, Sicily–

IMG_0072 IMG_0070 IMG_0067 IMG_0065BAM!  It’s the Duomo in Siracusa, Sicily.  Duomo is simply the name for the main church in any town in Italy. . .the Cattedrale di Siracusa is a particularly impressive Duomo because it is a Christian church that has been built on and around Doric columns from an old Greek temple, a couple of which you can see in the interior photo above.  So wonderful that the old-timers chose to preserve these old masterpieces rather than tear them down. . .upward and onward. . .no need to destroy the past–just build upon it. . .salut!

This square is situated on Ortigia, a small island just off the coast of Sicily that is connected to Siracusa by three bridges.  Ortigia has been the center of activity for Siracusa for thousands of years. . .Ortigia is easygoing. . .Ortigia is inviting and welcoming. . .we want to stay in Ortigia forever and ever. . .mmmm, aaaahh!  Come here and visit some time. . .you will want to stay forever, too–I gar-ron-taaaay!!

I send you crystal-clear vibes from the Duomo on Ortigia just outside of Siracusa, Sicily. . .feel them. . .they are warm and soothing.

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