I thought to put an end to the posts on Sicily trip with a retrospective of my favourite photos taken on the island and the last travel diary entry I made. Here it is, the essence of my Sicilian holiday!
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May 29th, 2018
We are on the beach in San Lorenzo. It’s noon and our flight back home is scheduled for 9 pm. We have time.
We returned to Syracuse / Ortigia for the last two days of our holiday. This is where we have enjoyed the best food on the island. Yesterday we spent the entire day walking around, stopping for drinks, and just enjoying a lazy day – our last full day in Sicily.
Hard to believe we’ve been here for two weeks. I feel like we’ve done a lot, seen a lot, a different experience with each change of location. What stuck to me the most is our elegant home in Modica, its peaceful garden overlooking the town, beautiful Palermo, especially the view from our balcony and the entire area where we stayed, and Ortigia, the chic old town of Syracuse, with the best food on the island. I also take with me the roads flanked with pink oleanders, the lush hills, the view of the sea at sunset as we drove past Palermo for the first time.
We haven’t been to Etna, the volcano, we haven’t seen the Greek temples – only Segesta, from the distance – we didn’t have a real beach experience, and we did not see the villas in Bagheria. I would like to go to Panarea and Favignana one day, too. I would like to stay again in that gorgeous home in Modica. I would return to Palermo, too, if only for the beautiful neighbourhood we stayed in, Politeama, and for the joy of watching the Palermitans going on about their lives.
I have imagined Sicily as a more exotic island – more tropical vegetation – and was surprised to discover a European landscape instead. Regardless of the joy of first encounters, from my experience, it is always better to go somewhere for the second or even third time. That’s when you know what to skip and what to dive in.
Strange to think of going back to Amsterdam when lying on this chaise-longue here on the beach in San Lorenzo. Is the holiday really over? I haven’t checked my work phone once. It has been on airplane mode since we left Schiphol, two weeks ago. And I feel great about it.
Sicily diary ends here. The intention is to write again in this notebook, someday, when I am back to the island.