The picturesque miniature villages,
forgotten by modern life and going about at a slower, somehow more
genuine pace. The gorgeous sand beaches leading to waters so clear you
can spot the details of the tiny fish swimming near the bottom of the
sea. A culinary tradition of such richness that every visit to this
Italian island unveils new delights and entices you to come back again
and again. Vibrant cities such as Palermo and Taormina, with their
cultural heritage and many architectural wonders. Dramatic volcanoes,
the Etna winning the prize of the most famous one, the green plain of
Catania spreading under its looming shape. An abundance of citrus fruit,
almonds and vegetables. A bountiful production of wine and oil, as well
a thriving fishing trade. Add natural resources such as sulphur, gas
and salt. Yes, Sicily has it all.
But this blessed part of our planet is also steeped in contradictions. Let's concentrate on a few in particular.
The majority of the population has of course elected to live in the
coastal areas, the massive exodus resulting in the inner, rural
territories being seriously under populated. This is unlikely to change
and is creating an imbalance in the financial circumstances of the
population. Did Dolce & Gabbana's three months casting in Sicily to
discover non-professional models for their latest men summer collection
included the whole territory? It would be interesting to know.
A little bundle of joy will soon be
joining your family. As your pregnancy progresses, you will no doubt
appreciate to find out that parking spaces are reserved especially for
you. But will this delicate attention make you forget about the lack of
pavement and how dangerous this makes walking in the streets? Not so
As mentioned at the beginning of this
article, the Sicilian beaches are out of this world, and you will find
that they are often not crowded at all, which definitely has its
importance in making the experience an enjoyable one. You leave the
seaside after soaking up the sun the whole day, feeling contented and
relaxed. The last thing you fancy coming across are various heaps of
garbage strewn around. Sadly, this might well be the case, casting an
unpleasant shadow over your stay in heaven.
You will also almost certainly step into a
beautiful grocery store that has retained the flair of an era long
vanished. You find yourself unable to resist filling your basket with
artisanal goodies, wrapped in colourful paper or moving gently inside an
old-fashioned jar or bottle. The shock of the bill at the till will
certainly make you leave your reverie at once.
Sicily, a land of many contradictions. But so worth discovering.