The beauty of Sicily

October 26, 2014

Every turn of the head brought another example of the beauty of Sicily. Today, I’m sharing some of the prettiness I saw on my recent trip to Sicily, the land of my ancestors.

arch lovely

Whether it’s Morocco, India or yes, Sicily, the arch plays a key role in architecture and beauty. Of course, color is a very big deal in Mediterranean countries and I loved this yellow. Wouldn’t it be fun to walk through this doorway every day? I find myself just staring at this photo and seeing something new each time.

old wall art OrtygiaSome art is simply unintentional….and unexpected. I saw this and thought it was beautiful.

wood bench in nicheThe simplicity of the bench made it a perfect modern fit for a niche in an ancient cave. I’m pretty sure this was near the ruins of Siracusa. I loved it. Here is a closer view:

wood bench cu

At a wine estate outside our room:

still life from window nice1Stone and wood: simple, natural, lovely.

gulfi vistaHere’s the vineyard at Gulfi Wine Estate. Isn’t it gorgeous?

I remember my grandmother saying she loved to eat prickly pears:

potted prick bestAnd this is what the berries look like:

prickly pear berriesAnd then, on a plate:

prickly pr on plate

old house 15th cThis 15th century house sits high on a hill. I zoomed in to get it. Note the tiny window. Those are capers growing outside it. In the wild.

church sculptI saw this modern sculpture in a church. Here’s a closer view:

church sculpt2I am pretty sure the sign said in Italian, Who will cry for this death?

I’d like to tell you I know for sure where I took all these, but my usual organizational skills went the way of my good health in Sicily. I can say for sure, though, that these were taken at the front end of trip in the vicinity of Siracusa and Modica and at the Gulfi Wine Estate.

35 comments on “The beauty of Sicily
  1. Loved this…thank you for sharing these types of pictures from your trip…these are the kinds of things I see when I go out. I really enjoyed this.

  2. Pretty. The first I have had a chance to see. I am happy you had a good time. The pictures are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

  3. Toni McCloe says:

    I love your pictures. The colors are so subtle but beautiful. You certainly captured the extraordinary in the ordinary – or perhaps it was the opposite. Thanks I really enjoyed them.

  4. Liv says:

    Amazing. Hope the weather is incredible too.

  5. So beautiful. Don’t you love looking back at your trip photos and remembering how you felt when you were there? (Well, other than you being sick this time!)

  6. Liliana Moraia says:

    Dear Carol, regarding the modern sculpture, your translation is correct. It refers to the thousands of illegal immigrants who drowned in the desperate attempt of reaching Europe from northern Africa through the Mediterranean Sea. These small boats leave the coast of Libia with their heavy human load and sail unsafely to Sicily or Southern Italy. It’s a big issue for Italy but European government refuses to help. Anyway, the sculpture is made of driftwood from the shipwrecks, and often it’s not just wood that can be found on the seashore.

  7. Annette says:

    Love these images – there is something so authentic about anything built with natural materials and paints that fit in with the landscape.

  8. Carolann says:

    Love the pics! Looks like you had a wonderful time. I look forward to going there someday soon as well. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Meg Root says:

    I often read, but don’t have time to comment. So today I will take the time to thank you for your perspective on life. It often changes mine–in a good way. Today your pictures remind me that there is beauty and wellness in simplicity. I’m going to keep it simple this week. I think it will feel good. Thanks for the lovely reminder in pictures–because as they say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

  10. Diane says:

    It’s so nice that you can re-live your fabulous trip. Now that you are healthy! Beautiful shots! I especially love the architecture shots. Good luck sorting them! 🙂

  11. Joan Stommen says:

    Wonderful pictures, Carol! My favorites are the arched doorway with the yellow facade and the prickly pears! I’ve often wondered what they’d be like to eat! I’ve enjoyed all your posts about your return to roots…..makes for great enticement!

  12. Sheryl says:

    I’ve been to Italy numerous times, but never to Sicily. You photos make me want to go!

  13. Mary says:

    Thank you for sharing your pictures. I would love to visit that winery.

  14. Beautiful. I gotta go there. Such a gorgeous country.

  15. Ruth Curran says:

    It is about the quality of memory not necessarily the accuracy – give yourself a break. All of your photos spark imagination — just love it!

  16. I truly love your travelogues! You could make a picture book with little essays on each page. Your photos are wonderful.

  17. Robin Herman says:

    The pear berries on a dish – not just ANY dish – a beautiful painted ceramic plate. All the objects are created with such care. A vacation trip to savor.

  18. I love seeing Sicily through your eyes. There’s so much more to see and I can’t wait to get there someday!

  19. I love your photography. Especially the cacti and the sculpture. What was the green and white sign in that one photo “stone and wood?” I couldn’t tell what it meant.

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