Sunday, April 21, 2013

Italia!

Sicily.  Who knew??  It's lovely. 

We were there for Easter week so there was lots of catholic pageantry. 


The island has some of the best-preserved Greek and Roman ruins.


That blue in the distance?  The ocean.  It's quite pretty.


In 1660, Mt Etna, the Volcano at the center of the island erupted ferociously, wiping out several cities.  They were rebuilt in grand baroque style, leaving many fine churches for us to visit.




And sweeping dramatic views:


As well as the volcano itself!  We climbed it, sort of, and Dave peered over the crater in the freezing snow.  The boys and I were snug inside a tank-like bus,with Aunt Lola, Grandpa Doug and Grandma Nancy, so I do not have any pictures of this.  But if any surface I will post them.

Thomas perfected his swing pumping.


We ate lots of pasta and olives.



Emmett and Thomas insisted that Aunt Lola was coming back to live with us in Cairo.  Insha'allah.


It was a great week!




6 comments:

Clara said...

Looks amazing! I am not sure I will ever get Paolo to take me to Sicily. That silly Northern vs. Southern Italian rivalry! Lovely photos.

Gran Kathy said...

Could hardly take in all that beautiful Italian scenic beauty I was so captivated by the string bean dimple face grand kids growing up before my eyes.
Thank you for this great post !

Anonymous said...

Dave not only poked his head inside the volcano hole but also stood next to a young man with a Tarantula on his shoulder

Kath. said...

The Great News is that this family is traveling stateside in June
and staying until August !!!

Kathy B. said...

Only a certain kind of grandmother would leave 4 comments in a row

A. Lola said...

only the best kind of grandmother would leave four comments in a row. Sicily is beautiful, I think we should ALL go back.