Europe Trip #1 – April 17, 2022 – The First Full Day In Sicily

Europe Trip #1 – April 17, 2022 – The First Full Day In Sicily

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Today is one of those days I want to remember every second of. So much laughter and honesty, great food and great friends, stories and memories, and beauty all around.

We’re settled in our Agriturismo, the first of two locations for this part of the trip: Agriturismo Tenuta San Michele – Murgo We got in after midnight last night so couldn’t appreciate the beauty all around. I did appreciate Jenny and Buddie’s perseverance as they wandered around the darkened property, trying to find someone to let us into our rooms. We really didn’t want to sleep in the cars.

We’re doing half-board here which means they provide breakfast and dinner. Our first breakfast was delightful and offered a surprise.

Beautiful breakfast, driving to Taormina, Monkey’s shoes, lunch, gelateria of dong, planning the Etna tour, driving home, dinner, laughing, laughing, laughing.

The above was written on April 18, 2022, and I’m finishing this post up on February 15, 2023.

The highlights I well remember are Brendan’s heroic driving up and down the tightest corkscrew parking garage ramp we have ever seen. Both families rented the smallest cars we could, and it still felt like a very tight squeeze. He was a champ!

After breakfast the four adults headed into Taormina to scout out the town for all of us to return to the next day. The kids stayed at the agritourismo resting, reading, doing their own thing.

More memories with pictures below.

We saw another group leaving on their Mount Etna tour when we down to breakfast and we knew this needed to be in our life.

The menu from our agritourismo. We could tell them at breakfast if we’d be having dinner that night.

Sitting down to our meals together was a delight.

Our “fahrt” egg at breakfast. 😳

Some early shots before we head off for the day.

I love to see him laugh.

Our home on the hill for the next couple days.

Budapest t-shirt, sweater tied in the European style, and sweet eldest kiddo. He’s living the dream.

Oh my gosh. I love this guy.

Jenny found this gorgeous shot and people lined up behind her to copy her.

It’s a gorgeous shot.

Settled in for lunch.

Lunch was so delicious.

Gelateria Dongeria

Each dinner would include at least a bottle of red and a bottle of white.

Such JOY to remember sitting around together eating.

Yessa and I would get a separate platter of vegan food.

Shaved cauliflower with walnuts and balsamic.

A sample of Buddie’s plate from the “small bites” offered up as the appetizer.

Laughter heals.

The picture above and the video below show Jenny and my near apoplexy as we texted with Sebastiano to get our Mount Etna tour set up for the next day.

He was explaining the charges to us, plus we’d had a couple bottles of wine at dinner, plus Jenny and I just like to laugh.

At one point he asked if we had appropriate shoes for hiking, and I was just going to send him a picture of my feet, but Yessa stopped me with a brisk, “Mom, don’t! You charge money for that!”

Suffice it to say, we just about died.

It was a day filled with so much laughter and light, as well as a few bumps and wrinkles, but a fantastic beginning to our Sicily time.