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Trip Report Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

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I am cheating a little here by marking this as a trip report, as it is merely a very short summary. I did take notes, but when I wrote them up, I found I was onto my 10th typewritten page – far too long for a Fodor’s posting,. I have put the full text onto my website, and have links at the bottom of this post.

For the first two weeks of May my beloved and I visited Sicily. It was our second trip to the island, the first being six years ago. We based ourselves in Cefalú at the same apartment that we had rented on our previous visit. The apartment is great; a sort of studio flat with one living room, kitchen facilities and a small but well fitted bathroom. The biggest plus is a balcony with a great sea view.

The trip got off to a poor start: I had a minor accident on the first day, scraping the paint off the passenger door of our rental car when I misjudged a tight corner when trying to avoid a stream of pedestrians.

Unlike our first trip to Sicily in 2005, this was very much a distressing holiday, and we didn’t do a great deal of exploring. We spent the first week doing virtually nothing except walking on the beach, sunbathing, swimming and eating at restaurants. We did make one trip up into the mountains that form the Parco delle Madonie.

During the second week we spent a couple of days on Lipari (one of the Aeolian Islands) and took another trip up into the mountains. My personal highlight was probably riding a 125cc scooter around Lipari, stopping to take photos of the amazing views across to the other Islands.

Overall we had a very enjoyable holiday, and returned home significantly more relaxed, (trip report) (Photographs)

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