Welcome to Sicily part two, we really packed a lot into a few days!
If you have read Part One then you know we headed to the other side of the island for a night. On the way back we took a detour to The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. It had been on my list of places to see since the beginning after a customer shared some of their photos from Sicily and recommended it.
Being a classical nerd I was in my element and it was one of my favourite moments of the holiday. It's unbelievable when you think how long ago they were constructed and how the landscape has changed. Some of them I was genuinely lost for words at.
Originally, The Valley of the Temples was much closer to the coast when they were built. It was thought that they were a form of defence, or rather a deterrent for invading forces. They would see the myriad of temples and believe that the city was well protected not only by the structures created but then also by the Gods and so they wouldn't invade or attack.
For the most part, the temples were all in the Doric style, the most simple and oldest form of temple creation. If you're ever near a structure with columns have a look at the top of them, where they meet the building they're supporting. They have what looks like a little hat on, the level of decoration in these can show which order they were built in. Doric, Ionic or Corinthian.
I said I was a nerd...
Before we returned our car (hideous van thing more like) we took it up to Monreale, a little village just on the edge of Palermo. What a gorgeous place with the most amazing views. The photo at the top of this post is from a little viewpoint there and taken by Sam. Credit where credit's due, he's pretty good with a camera!
Perhaps even more beautiful was the cathedral we sat next to whilst having lunch. A standard olive, caper and anchovy pizza for me. There was a lot of restaurants about but we stuck to Sam's rule. If it has photos of the food on the wall or a sign we're not trying it. I laughed at first but it turned out to be rather successful.
Don't you just love my blue crepe kaftan?
Going into any cathedral meant covering up and this was by far my most fetching outfit of the holiday...But it was well worth it. It was stunning inside and those images you can see depict different stories from the bible and also the creation story. We spent a long time in there and walked along the roof. A truly magical experience and a must-see!
Beach day, beach day.
I swear I'm still finding sand in places...
After a busy and hectic few days with the car, a beach day was needed. Mondello was a short taxi ride away and again worth the trip. We spent a good few hours there chatting, reading and soaking up the sun. One of us soaked up more than the other and burnt their feet *cough* Sam *cough*...
That night instead of going out Sam cooked. I was getting ready and came out to see this amazing little setup. I was honestly speechless. One of the most romantic evenings and gestures. Even with his now poorly feet I still got danced around the balcony later that night, to one of my favourite songs, You and I by Tom Walker.
One of my most cherished memories. I'm getting a little blurry typing this now!
The final days and more wonderful food.
We certainly ate well this holiday! Below you can see our mains from our snazzy night out. My god that pasta was amazing. I could've eaten it twice. Sam's main also looked lovely and was pork if I'm remembering rightly...It's been a while. Then above was the following day's lunch. We saw this restaurant whilst walking to the other and it looked wonderful. Neither of us could puzzle out what fish this was but it was a very nice fish!
That marks the end of our Sicily holiday. I'll say it again but we made so many wonderful memories on this trip, I smile every time I think about them. From dancing to Seniorita on the balcony to getting covered in sand on the beach and finding some amazing places to eat I loved it all.
Can't wait for the next one.
Have you been to Sicily?
What did you think?
Thank you for reading,