Saturday, September 28, 2013

SICILIAN ICONS / ICONE SICILIANE

A classic Sicilian ice cream is the BRIOCHE CON GELATO. Here is one which I had on Via Garibaldi, the most popular street in Trapani




This is another brioche from a different ice cream shop on Via Torrearsa,  the  miniature"Fifth Avenue" of Trapani:)



 
And here is a traditional ice cream from Trapani...GELATO AL GELSOMINO (JASMINE ICE CREAM)
 

 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A DAY TRIP OUTSIDE OF TRAPANI / UNA GIORNATA FUORI DA TRAPANI

When it gets very hot in Trapani, the local people head for the islands.  One in particular is easily accessible, only 7 kilometers  away.  20 minutes by hydrofoil, 1 hour by ferry.  It's the largest of the Egadi Islands....FAVIGNANA. 

Favignana was, like most of Sicily, occupied by the Arabs in the Middle Ages. It is now one of the most famous tourist destinations in Sicily.   It is famous for the mattanza - the tuna fishing - which takes place in May every year. Because of its calcareous rocks  (tufo)  it has few beaches. Favignana is  however popular for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Ready to go! A 15 minute bus ride, then a one-hour ferry ride and I'll reach enchanting  Favignana.


 







 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY / UN COMPLEANNO PARTICOLARE

Today is my daughter Sayaka Alessandra's birthday and I ordered a special cake for her from the talented  American cake designer Carla Van Kampen. You can follow Carla on her blog in which she writes about her life in Rome   http://rome-ings.blogspot.it/

Oggi è il compleanno di mia figlia Sayaka Alessandra e le ho ordinato una torta particolare  dalla cake designer americana Carla Van Kampen.  Potete seguire Carla sul suo blog dove scrive della sua vita a Roma  http://rome-ings.blogspot.it/


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

THE CITY OF SALT AND CORAL / LA CITTA' DEL SALE E DEL CORALLO

Trapani is a small port city in Northwestern Sicily, with a population of about 70,000 and whose economy still depends mostly on the sea.  The city was relatively unknown outside of Italy until 5 years ago when Ryan Airways made Trapani its hub linking it with most major cities in Europe. Now tourists from all over Europe flock to the city. Huge international cruise ships also dock in its port.

Here are some pictures of Trapani:









 
 


 
 

 

 
Having a  snack at the  Bar Holiday, Trapani's most famous and popular cafè.