For two years now, everyone has been telling us that the beaches on the western coast of Sicily (three hours from us on the eastern coast) were beautiful, but WOW!!! We were dazzled by the grandeur, the colors (so many shades of blue!), and the landscape.
Added bonus? Elliott’s parents were with us for their annual spring visit!
Reunited! Lena was literally squealing with glee as she ran to hug them.
I think my mother-in-law and I made “Mom and Wife of the Year” status on the morning we baked cinnamon rolls. Note to self: make ’em often!
Early morning artwork with our breakfast.
Our beautiful-but-rustic apartment was a 15-minute drive from the stunning Zingaro Nature Reserve.
Pointing out fishing boats on our hike down to that perfect, perfect little beach.
Feeding Grampa some pebbles. By the way, I have learned to vote for pebble beaches over sandy beaches. Pebbles stay on the beach, but sand seems to follow us everywhere for days.
More early morning projects.
Grampa and his two baby birds.
Hiking to the beach on our second day in Zingaro.
She’s got the beach babe pose all figured out.
One night we drove into the town of San Vito Lo Capo for dinner and took a walk along the huge beach there. It was breezy, chilly, and totally empty, ie. the polar opposite of summer.
The day we left San Vito, we had a looooooong drive ahead of us and no real schedule, so we stopped a couple of times to picnic and explore. Perhaps we’ve finally figured out how to roadtrip with toddlers?!
Stretching our legs in the town of Castellammare, where I just learned many famous American Mafia leaders were born. Western Sicily has historically had a much stronger Mafia presence than our part of eastern Sicily. (No complaints here.)
About an hour later, we dropped off Grampa and Marmee at the Palermo airport and said, “See you in Paris!” Then we drove across Sicily, unpacked, packed again, and flew to France two days later. A whirlwind, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
I can’t think of two more different cities than Paris and San Vito Lo Capo, though! Photos of Paris coming soon.