I forgot to put in these first two pictures from my Saturday adventures. I decided I wanted to take a walk after dinner and went down to the "shopping street" which in the daytime is where I went to see Apollo's Temple and the open-air market. I figured things would be quiet...I was very wrong. It was way more crowded than it had been in the morning! Everyone out enjoying the evening. And as I passed through groups of people, I heard very little, if any, foreign languages (including English) being spoken. It was nearly all Italian. So I think I got my first experience of what the guidebooks call "the passiegetta except that's probably spelled incorrectly. It's where everyone goes out to an apparently pre-ordained section of the city, town, village, wherever and walks around greeting friends, getting coffees and treats and such. It was pretty wonderful.
My dinner (second picture) was a way too large helping of spaghetti alla Siracusana which means the sauce was tomato based and had toasted bread crumbs, anchovies, pine nuts and raisins! It was very tasty - the sweet raisins with the salty anchovies was a great combination and the anchovies were chopped fairly small. Even when there were bigger pieces it wasn't nasty at all, just a little chewy.
My first order of business was to walk up to Piazza Archimede because I was told that I would find an
ATM there. Apparently they are few and far between here. And there
it was and I got some cash so I could breathe a little easier. The Piazza
is really beautiful with a huge fountain which my book tells me shows the river
nymph Arethusa being transformed into a spring. That was a little too brief for me so I Googled it and will give you the short version.
Arethusa was fleeing from a very ardent pursuer, the river god Alpheius, and she asked Artemis to protect
her. "Artemis transformed Arethusa into a spring that flowed
beneath the Ionian Sea to emerge on the island of Ortygia in the Sicilian city
of Siracusa where the same spring can still be visited today." However I also read that Alpheius pursued her underground to Ortigia and (this is always in quotes) "mingled his waters with hers". Hmmmm...and you saw the result in Saturday's post when I was lost and game across the statue and pool.
I was now headed down the street towards my next stop, Ortigia's duomo. This street is a very artisan-shop type street so was quite enjoyable. I was really tickled with this wheelbarrow and wondered about the three legs. I later discovered that it is probably a tongue-in-cheek of the symbol found on the Sicilian flag called a triskelion. Once I had seen this I started seeing the actual symbol on all sorts of tourist things like postcards and such. And here it is.
- Mary Lynne
- West Virginia
- When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!
P.S. I've set up separate pages for each of my major trips (see tabs above).
I recently added an "Italian Word a Day" thingie which shows up at the bottom of every page. You see the word and can click to hear it pronounced. I've been enjoying it and I think my accent is improving as time goes by.