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