Monday, August 12, 2013


Not a clue what the heart is for ...
it's on a sign near the center of town

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Through the Keyhole

Does anyone remember the TV show "Through the Keyhole" where the host took you
into celebrity  homes to see their personal style and décor?
 He didn't show the "plastic-y" "I'm so great and important" side ...
he showed more personal sides ... the car or plane models, well-loved books, seashells scattered on a table ... whatever showed the human side. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Cool door

This is near the end of the Way of Two Arches near the center of Randazzo.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Etna Train Station (Catania) Graffiti

Saw this on the side of the station for the narrow gauge train which goes around Mt. Etna ... (I wasn't planning on being absent as long as I have been ... I hate moving!!)
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

would you believe

that this is a public, two-way road?
It's the road going to a friend's home.
Fortunately,  DH and I rarely meet someone going the other way.


Friday, June 7, 2013

keys ... keys .... and more keys

These are my keys to get into the apartment ...
one for the front gate and three for the front door.
Such a lot of keys...

Thursday, June 6, 2013

time to hit the beach!

Lots of "fun in the sun" possibilities here!
What's your pleasure?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Musical relief


Detail of a column on what used to be the Guild building in Noto ....
I like the variety of instruments included ... violin, cymbals ... even Pan pipes...
though I do wonder what prompted the addition of the mask.

Monday, June 3, 2013

grocer's sign

This sign is probably 24-inches across and about 18-inches tall ...
created out of terra cotta ("baked earth" in Italian) and
is proudly mounted by the entrance to
"Deborah's Grocery" !
Love it!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

sunny days ....

Love this café chair .... seems a shame that the sun is covered over while sitting...
watching the passers-by .... and enjoying an espresso .....

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Noto's flower festival

Noto, a city in Ragusa province, hosts a flower show every year in May.
This year's theme was "Japan".
One street in the historical section will have designs created using organic products...
these are a couple of this year's designs.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

sure looks different ...

Found this staircase down in Ragusa province ~
the main stone found in southern Sicily is limestone ...
not the lava commonly found in Catania and Messina provinces where Mt Etna is located.
Many of the fields in Ragusa have limestone walls dividing them one from another
and the walls are made without any mortar ~ just stacked and held together by the stones shapes.
This method is called "secco" or "dry".