Scala dei Turchi

About a week ago, our friends Josh and Becca invited us to join their family on a trip to historic Agrigento in southern Sicily.  We stayed in a wonderful B&B filled with amazing animals (peacocks and mastiffs and cockatiels, oh my!) and spent hours exploring the beautiful Greek temple ruins.  But before arriving we took a detour to the beautiful natural wonder called the Steps of Turkey, or the Scala dei Turchi.

The entrance to the scala is down a long flight of wooden stairs and across a secluded beach.  The children (Elise, Caleb, Lucas, Becca’s brother Grant, and our little Lena) loved the lapping waves, tidal pools, hermit crabs, and cold wet sand.

After a long walk on the beach we reached the scala itself, which is a massive, sloping outcropping of soft golden-white limestone.

We made our way up and over the sloping “steps” of the scala and found a place to sit on the other side while the older kids explored up and down on the rocks.  Lena wanted to climb up to her friend Lucas!

Later Lucas and Lena conferred about the taste of limestone.  Lena had tried a lot of it.  Lucas, at 16 months, is a little more savvy about the edibility of such things.

Eventually we returned to the beach to watch the sun sink into the Mediterranean.

Such a lovely spot!  We’ll take you to see it when you come visit!

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6 Responses to Scala dei Turchi

  1. David Garber February 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    yes, take me when i visit!

  2. Abigail February 28, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    moi aussi!!

  3. megarber February 29, 2012 at 5:11 am #

    Beautiful! I’m full of anticipation :). Sweet little pudgy feet and expressive face of Lena too. <3

  4. Jessica February 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    love the 4th to last pic with you and Lena :) Can’t wait o go here in the summer!!

  5. lucyanngreen6 March 1, 2012 at 4:21 am #

    That limestone outcropping practically invites you to climb. No wonder Lena was headed up after her friend!

  6. lucyanngreen6 March 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    you once loved searching in tide pools and looking for hermit crabs, too!

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