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Senlis, France

Senlis¬†is a¬†city¬†in the northern French¬†department¬†of¬†Oise,¬†Hautes de France. Cute, medieval and charming. It offered us great peek into history: The monarchs of the early French dynasties lived in Senlis, attracted by the proximity of the¬†Chantilly¬†forest. Senlis is situated on the river¬†Nonette. Senlis was known in early Roman imperial times as¬†Augustomagus. During the 3rd century, a seven-meter […]

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Ch√Ęteau de Chantilly, France

The Ch√Ęteau de Chantilly is one of the finest jewels in the crown of France‚Äôs cultural heritage. It is the work of a man with an extraordinary destiny: Henri d‚ÄôOrl√©ans, Duke of Aumale, son of the last King of France, Louis-Philippe.  This historic French ch√Ęteau located in the town of Chantilly, Oise, about 50 kilometres north of Paris. The site […]

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Scala dei Turchi

The¬†Scala dei Turchi is a rocky cliff on the coast of¬†Realmonte, near¬†Porto Empedocle. It has become a tourist attraction, partly due to its mention series of detective stories about¬†Commissario Montalbano. The cliffs lie between two sandy beaches and are a limestone rock formation in the shape of a staircase, hence the name. The latter part […]

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Agrigento

Picture this episode: we parked on a roundabout. Some local approached us (my brother and me) – we thought because we should have not park in a roundabout, but then again they all did, so… in fact the guy just wanted to ask if we have cigarettes. Ok Sicily, episode n. At the roundabout is […]

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Enna

Enna or as the Sicilians would say Castrugiuvanni; is a city located roughly at the center of Sicily, towering above the surrounding countryside. It has earned the nicknames belvedere (panoramic viewpoint) and ombelico (“navel”) of Sicily. At 931m above sea level, Enna is the highest Italian provincial capital. To arrive there is not a piece of cake. Passing the two viaducts Morello and […]

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¬†Cefal√Ļ¬†

From its dramatic natural surroundings to its historic churches, Sicily has something to offer every traveler. The island of Sicily is a unique part of Italy. Its craggy mountains, wild vegetation, and omnipresent sea have fired the imagination of poets, wayfarers, and visitors alike.  Though it is one of 20 Italian regions, its history under […]

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Taormina

This is city is one of my favourite places in Sicily. Let me show you its magic! Taormina has been a tourist destination since the 19th century. Its beaches on the Ionian sea, including that of Isola Bella, are accessible via an aerial tramway built in 1992, and via highways from Messina in the north and Catania in the south. In 2017 Taormina […]

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Marzamemi

¬†is one of Sicily’s prettiest seaside villages: Marzamemi. It consists of couple of shops and bars, with one main square on which are all the restaurants located. In the evening this place turns into a fairy tale. It was the¬†Arabs¬†of the 10th century who put Marzamemi on the map. They not only gave the village […]

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Noto

¬†According to legend,¬†Daedalus¬†stayed in the city after his flight over the¬†Ionian Sea, as did¬†Hercules¬†after his seventh task – Capture the Cretan Bull. ūüôā In 9th century it was¬†conquered by the Muslims, who elevated the city to become a capital of one of the¬†three districts of the island¬†(the Val di Noto). In 11th century, it became […]

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Carlentini

The city’s name has its origins in the neighboring town of¬†Lentini. In 16th century, Vice-King Giovanni De Vega founded a new city in honour of Habsburg Emperor¬†Karlo V, naming it in Latin¬†Carleontini, or¬†Leontini of Carlo. In Italian, it became¬†Carlentini, and in the various Sicilian dialects,¬†Carrintini¬†or¬†Carruntini. They say in Sicily, you can recognise the flavour of […]

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Corleone

This city is placed in such a remote place that even dear Lord decide to say buona notte a tutti. Driving there, through various hills beautiful landscapes but scary landscapes… roads that are incomplete, the GPS that get lost, the moment of: Please let’s try not to make a wrong turn because we are not […]

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Monreale

It is located on the slope of Monte Caputo, overlooking the very fertile valley called¬†“La Conca d’oro”¬†(the Golden Shell), a production area of orange, olive and almond trees, the produce of which is exported in large quantities. The town, which has a population of approximately 39,000, is about 7 kilometers inland (south) of¬†Palermo, the regional […]

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Palermo

Long time ago, my first visit to Sicily in 2012 was accompanied by visit to Palermo. I had a day only to visit so the story to tell was shorter. Now I am blessed to live on the Island of Sicily for a more extended time so I have more to tell. For the beginning, […]

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Syrakusa – Ortigia

When I discovered this city – I was driving quite often towards the south to hang around and be away from Catanian trash and dirt. This historical city has much to offer and makes you come back again and again. Where to start? Syracuse is mentioned in the Bible in the Acts of the Apostles book at […]

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Aci Reale

And just above Santa Maria La Scala is home to numerous churches of neo-gothic and typical Sicilian baroque style. Sicilian dialect calls it Jaciriali. I am trying to understand the rules of a dialect here too. Wish me good luck ūüėõ In Sicily, I found so far three nymphe’s that were born here. One of […]

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Santa Maria La Scala

 A charming small fishermen village – this is how would I call it. Not even much tourists around to see as the beaches are made of lava rocks that don’t make your day spending on the beach much comfortable. This city is upon the Ionian coast and rises the seaside – just 15 km north […]