October in Taormina with friends


Are you my friend?  Do you want to visit Italy?  Then please do.  We have only nine months left here and your time is running out!  Now’s your chance!  Free place to stay!  Free food!  Personal tour guides!  Cute children!  Buy a plane ticket!!!

Our friends Lewis and Bekah just visited, and it was SO fun.  Here they are:


Like I mentioned before, we had a blast during their visit, and I am so grateful that there are people like Lewis and Bekah in our lives.  They are forever friends.  It doesn’t matter if we live across the country or across the world or in the next neighborhood: we’ll all work hard to make sure this friendship endures and deepens with time.  And I mean… look how fun they are!  What’s not to love?

becca-garber-taormina-mcneels-october-17 One day during their visit we took them to beautiful Taormina, a city just an hour north of us.  I introduced everyone to Da Cristina, which makes the best arancini (traditional Sicilian rice balls) that I’ve had in Sicily.  Lena is chomping into my eggplant and cheese arancino on the right.


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His curls just keep on growing… and curling!  And getting blonder!


Vehicles like these are usually used by farmers or street sweepers in Sicily.  I loved the upcycled version!


These magnificent creations — called pasta reale — are made out of marzipan and shaped like fruit.


This would have been a cute family photo if Lena hadn’t deliberately closed her eyes and looked away…

becca-garber-taormina-mcneels-october-15 On the right, an amiable (and pregnant!) Bekah gave me a break to go running with Lena.  “Let’s run, Mama!” is her new thing.


becca-garber-taormina-mcneels-october-18 My family in the beautiful Villa Comunale park, one of our favorite stops in Taormina.


These two tried their first granite (Italian ice) at Bam Bar!


I could make a whole blog post with at least 30 pictures of Lena eating granite at Bam Bar.  It’s the best that we’ve ever tasted, and we’ve tasted a lot.


If you visit us, we’ll take you to Taormina!  Pretty promise, pretty please.

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9 Responses to October in Taormina with friends

  1. Lucy October 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Those are the sweetest and most colorful photos capturing your day there! They put a big smile on my face!

  2. Heather (Downie) Brooms October 21, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    Ahhhh!!! I totally wanna come!! Don’t know if we could swing it financially or not but it would be so fun!!

    • Becca October 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      Heather, we would LOVE you and Isaiah to come! Please please do! Once you get here, it is pretty cheap… especially with free room and board. :-)

  3. Pai October 21, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    We are planning now! Have our tickets and looking forward to hugging the entire Garber family. Pai

    • Becca October 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      Can’t wait. :-)

  4. Carrie October 21, 2013 at 9:36 pm #


  5. Kelly October 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    This is super tempting Becca! Especially since you mentioned the Space-A flights from Norfolk. :) Next spring perhaps?


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