Monday, December 23, 2013

SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS...... // SCOTCH SULLE ROCCE....

 
A beautiful sunny day along the coastline of Trapani.
 
Una bella giornata di sole sul lungomare di Trapani.
 
 
 
 
 



My daughter Sayaka Alessandra www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com singing Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Saturday, December 14, 2013

BLACK MAGIC // MAGIA NERA

A lovely day for a walk along the coast. 18 degrees C in Trapani today, sunny and hot.

Una bella giornata soleggiata, ideale per una passeggiata lungo la costa.  18 gradi C a Trapani.




This is Via Fardella.  Trapani's main street and shopping area

Friday, December 13, 2013

TRADITIONAL CUCCIA FOR ST. LUCY'S DAY // LA CUCCIA DI SANTA LUCIA

According to  legend, many centuries ago, during a severe famine, a ship suddenly appeared in the port of Palermo on December 13th, St. Lucy's day. It was loaded with wheat. Sicilians could not wait the long time it took to turn the wheat into flour, so they cooked the wheat, added grape must (pressed grape juice, cooked until the liquid is reduced and thick), and served it. This tradition of eating Cuccìa on St. Lucy's day is still followed today, to show gratitude to St. Lucy for her miracle of the wheat.

Secondo la leggenda, tanti secoli fa, durante la carestia in Sicilia, una nave approdò a Palermo proprio il 13 dicembre, il giorno di Santa Lucia. Aveva un carico di grano. I siciliani, avendo fame, invece di  aspettare tutto il tempo che serviva per macinare il grano, pensarono invece di cuocerlo, aggiungendo poi il mosto d'uva. Questa tradizione si osserva tutt'oggi, anche come ringraziamento a Santa Lucia per il miracolo del grano.

Soaking the grains for three days

Il grano si mette in ammollo per tre giorni


After soaking, it is cooked for 6 hours and then mixed with the grape must.

Poi viene cotto per 6 ore, dopodichè viene aggiunto il mosto d'uva.





The Cuccìa is ready to be eaten.

La Cuccìa è pronta da mangiare.



Friday, December 6, 2013

COUNT AGOSTINO PEPOLI // CONTE AGOSTINO PEPOLI



Count Agostino Pepoli was the founder of the Pepoli Museum in Trapani. The museum is situtated in the ex- Carmelite convent  next to the Sanctuary of  Our Lady of the Annunciation. This is the entrance to the sanctuary

 
The interior of the Sanctuary
 

 
 
This is the statue of the Madonna of Trapani, entirely in white marble. She is the protector of the fishermen.
 


 
An ancient map of Trapani
 


 
Count Agostino Pepoli
 


 
 

Friday, November 22, 2013

LET THE STORMY CLOUDS CHASE, EVERYONE FROM THE PLACE....// SCENDE LA PIOGGIA MA CHE FA...

It's been a  rainy week here in Trapani  and more storms are predicted for the weekend.  Time for raincoats, umbrellas and boots!

E' stata una settimana di pioggia qui a Trapani  e sembra che pioverà ancora anche il fine settimana. Tiriamo fuori i trench, ombrelli e stivali! 


Here I'm at the embarkation point for the Island of Mozia, near Trapani.
Qui sono all'embarcadero per l'Isola di Mozia, vicino Trapani.





 
In my native town, Buseto Palizzolo
 





Monday, November 18, 2013

GIVE IN! / ARRENDETEVI!

 
Many people are tempted to come to Sicily but can't make up their mind. These pictures will persuade even the most indecisive person. Is there anything more irresistible than  Sicilian Cannolis?
 
Tante persone vorrebbero venire in Sicilia ma non si decidono. Queste foto riusciranno a convincere anche i più tentennanti. Cosa c'è di più irresistibile dei Cannoli Siciliani?
 
CANNOLI FROM NAPOLA, TRAPANI
 
 
You can almost taste it through the screen:) 
 


 
 
 
CANNOLI FROM DATTILO, TRAPANI
 



 
 
CANNOLI FROM BAR LUNA, TRAPANI
 


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Thursday, November 14, 2013

PULL DOWN THY VANITY......WHO? ME? // STRAPPA DA TE LA VANITA'.......CHI? IO?

Unlike Ezra Pound, I do not claim to act without vanity. On the contrary.

Al contrario di Ezra Pound, non posso dire che non sono vanitosa. Anzi.







What better song to describe me?:)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

IS IT THE END....OR THE BEGINNING? / E' LA FINE ....O L'INIZIO?

There is a place in Trapani which I have literally fallen in love with. Where Italy begins or ends, depending on whether you come from the sea or from inland.  It's at the very tip of the city, in fact it's the North-Western-most point of Sicily itself.  The TORRE  DI LIGNY. Originally it was built as a watchtower, to warn local people of possible attacks from the sea, now it has been turned into a museum. Located between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, it is a  fascinating place, the air is unbelievably clean and fresh. I can just sit here for hours looking out into the open sea.

 Below you can see the Tyrrhenian Sea on the right, and the Mediterranean Sea on the left.


Here I'm standing behind the tower, this is where the two seas meet. Notice how tightly I am holding on to the railing, it's pretty scary here, below you have rocks and the deep sea. Just until a few years ago there was no railing and it was terrifying to walk around the tower, but exhilarating at the same time.

Fishermen at work below the tower.

 Monte Erice seen from the Tower of Ligny.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! / BUONA HALLOWEEN!

The easiest costume I could find...I simply took out all my orange clothes, and dressed up as a ....pumpkin!

Un vestito da Halloween semplicissimo...ho tirato fuori i miei capi arancione, ed eccomi vestita da...zucca!

 
My 1920s plume which my daughter sent me recently, she knows I'm obsessed with head-wear. The perfect color for Halloween.

La piuma anni '20 che mi ha appena spedito mia figlia. Lei conosce  la mia ossessione per cappelli, piume ecc.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

SUNDAY IN TRAPANI / DOMENICA A TRAPANI

We're in autumn but the sun is still shining in Trapani. 



Sea urchins are sold on the street by street vendors. They cut it open, then it's eaten either alone or with vinegar.


Jasmine...this is what we use to make our famous and delicious gelato al gelsomino (Jasmine ice cream)


Villa Mokarta and in the distance Monte Erice


My favorite spot on Sunday ...il Bar della Rotonda (in Italy a bar is a cafè, not the American style bar)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A GLIMPSE AT SICILIAN HOSPITALITY / UNO SGUARDO ALL'OSPITALITA' SICILIANA

In my previous two posts I have mentioned the OSTELLINO, a pretty little b&b just on the outskirt of Trapani, at the foot of Monte Erice.  Here are some pictures of the actual Ostellino. It's run by Andrea Iraci and Chikako Nagano. You  can follow Chikako at her personal blog  http://il-cane-sciolto.blogspot.it/