When you all take a vacation, domestically and/or internationally, how do you choose to see as much as you can that destination in the short time you have?
- Do you stay in one place the entire time to get a true feeling for a particular neighborhood or part of town?
- Do you hop around to various towns and cities so you can sample several different pieces of the flavors and cultures?
- Or do you do a little bit of number 1 and number 2?
If time and money permits for our international travels in particular, we tend to do the latter – we like to get a feel for either the capital of a country or another big city and the countryside.
This is exactly what we did in Sicily. When my dad and I started planning out our Christmas adventure, I mentioned that while I would love to stay and explore Palermo, the capital of Sicily, I knew Tommy would also love to spend some time in the countryside, if we could swing it. Fortunately we could and did and it was just perfect!
One of my favorite things that we did in Palermo was wander the different streets and amazing street markets that sold everything under the sun.
Of course there was a lot of sightseeing to be done.
As well as shopping!
After spending three days and nights in Palermo, our crazy gang of my little family, my dad, his wife, their two children, and my two aunts, packed up everything and moved to a farmhouse in Trapani, a city in western Sicily. Where our farmhouse was located wasn’t exactly “in the city” though!
We were really fortunate to be able to experience “two Sicilys” – a faster paced city one (but in NO means comparable to Rome – and in a good way) and a quieter, more laid back Sicily.
We did a little sightseeing out here, but mainly took long drives, explored quaint nearby towns towns, ate yummy food and drank delicious wine, and just enjoyed being and being altogether.
It’s no wonder Tommy and I are itching to go back!