Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Honeymoon Part VIII – Selinunte and Trapani

From Agrigento we drove west to see more ruins in Selinunte.

coastaltown

We passed lots of interesting coastal towns, like this one.

walkinginselinunte

We entered the ancient Greek archaeological site of Selinunte, and once again found that we practically had the entire park to ourselves.

templeofheraKimonsteps

Here's Kim walking up the steps of the Temple of Hera. Friggin' amazing!

templeherainside

Goosebumps? Damn right I got them.

templeheracorner

The sky grew darker. Thunder roared. It started to hail. We retreated to the Fiat Panda.

dogourguide

About 20 minutes later, the hail stopped and our explorations continued, this time with the help of this soggy fellow who seemed to live there. I fed him some left over arancini di riso (deep-fried rice balls.) He kept up with us for miles, but was distracted at the very end when he found a delicious half-decomposed rat.

templeside

We took a different trail past the temple and headed for the coast.

selinunte.templefromdistance


Way cool!

selinuntecolumnswithKim

Neat columns.


farmhouseselinunte

Here's an old farmhouse.


truckonhighway

Then we drove onward through the rain to the city of Trapani and got a room.

purpleclothing

We went window shopping. If you want to adopt the most popular Italian style, here it is – black and purple. That's what everyone is wearing. I think this trend has already penetrated America and will soon dominate the fashion landscape.

weddingshop

We went by a bridal store and my wife almost melted seeing the lovely dresses.

trapanideli

Good luck finding a good place to eat between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., when most restaurants are closed for their version of a siesta. Fortunately, we stumbled across this great little deli, which served all sorts of goodies. We ate standing up, but it was a fantastic meal.

Viewfromroom.trapani

The next morning we woke up early and looked out our hotel window. Here's what we saw.
granitequarries

On the road back to Palermo we passed these marble quarries. We dropped off our car, got to the Palermo airport and flew back to Rome, which almost felt like home being that we had become somewhat familiar with it and knew where to stay.

1 Comments:

Blogger beachcomber said...

The shots of the Temple are eerie....and look a wee bit like a Star Trek set. I will have to go there....my people are from Sicily as well. These are beautiful.

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