Porto Empedocle: Crap Port

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Posted from Address not found. Inevitably on a trip like this there’s a certain amount of sitting around waiting for ferries to arrive and such. That’s no bad thing. It gives time to sit, think, dream and explore; time well … Continued

Pantelleria: Sweetness & Light

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Posted from Sicily, Italy. ‘Not a good year,’ said Michele glumly. ‘Why not?’ ‘Rain in August. Too much rain in August. It dilutes the concentration of the juice and many of the bunches lay on the wet ground, which is … Continued

Pantelleria: Walled Up

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Posted from Sicily, Italy. There’s something unmistakably African, or Arabic, rather, about Pantelleria. There are the names, for a start – Kuddia, Khaggiar, Rekhale, Khamma. There are the houses, dammusi, box-like, with a distinctive dome at the centre, painted white, … Continued

Trapani-Pantelleria

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Posted from Address not found. The Paolo Veronese left bang on time, 11pm. She was an old war horse of a ferry, weathered, a bit stained with rust  here and there, but steady as an old donkey. There was the … Continued

Trapani: A Grain of Salt

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Posted from Address not found. Can there be a quieter, more tranquil, sustainable, environmentally sensitive form of farming than the salt pans at Trapani? Sea water flows into the shallow pans through a series of channels. The wind and sun … Continued

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