I had thought that Wednesday I would go back over to Siracusa to visit the archeological museum that has quite a high reputation - my book said "probably the best in Italy". So, once again, I headed off to go over the bridge and saw this beautiful tall ship with a man actually going up the rigging. However, I see that nowadays that is done with some kind of motorized method cause he basically sat and held on til it took him to where he needed to be. And I've done another "original size" one cause then you can find him right above the first spar on the first mass.
Walking back to the bridge, I passed a nice looking gelato shop had a delicious small cup. Their gelato I think is somewhat different than in Florence but this was delicious and the man there was friendly and I always appreciate that.
So I got back to Ortigia and really was getting hungry by then and started looking for somewhere to have a sandwich and chips. They don't have the many, many cafe type places that the mainland cities I've been to have - they seem to be more the restaurant type. I found one that was crammed with people and found a side entrance so went in and asked about a sandwich and she said not today cause they were having a special event. I asked if she could tell me where I might find one and she directed me to a grocery store where I could order a sandwich. She said there would be a place to sit too and she was right - here it is. I had a porchetta sandwich but, alas, no chips. And the sandwich was quite tasty but could have been toasted a little less. No wine so I had my first ever Coke NetZero and it was nice and cold so that was good.
Walking on I came across this scene and thought "duh, duh DUH!" Was it a mafia hit? Did someone do it on purpose? Was it an accident? Who knows but if was an accident and one car caught the other one on fire and burned the side of the white van and a large portion of the building front, one can only hope the owner has decent insurance! I'm typing this Thursday and today when I walked, the cars were gone so it must have happened during the night.
This walk took me to a pretty seedy-seeming part of town so this is where I took pictures of a couple of real fixer-uppers. Always makes me think way back to when my first husband and I and another couple were looking for a house to buy in the country that we could share. In one we looked at, we were upstairs and when the other husband walked across the room (he was a big man), everything kind of moved. We said something about that and the realtor said "oh, all it's going to need is a few nails and a little paint". That became a favorite saying of ours as we fixed up the fixer-upper we did buy.
I think I may go in search of something to eat and then pretty much finish packing (this being Thursday even though I'm reporting on Wednesday)
- 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.