It's time to farewell Italy and what better way than with some great food and new friends off S/V Sophie.
The girls have loved having other kids to play with over the winter, so saying good bye is hard as Hector heads east and Sophie goes west.
A beautiful town, we've loved sitting outside a night listening to the sounds of the jazz festival on here and waiting for our weather window for our 3 day sail to Albania. But it's time to go...
Italy - fantastic culture and food - we will miss you. Ciao!
After leaving Licata we headed around Sicily to spend the night in Porto Palo. We had a great sail, just a bit too much wind when we were taking down the screecher.
Next day we sailed around to Syracusa, an old favourite. Once again the wind came up as we went and we had a fantastic sail. It was too rough to go on the quay so we anchored off and moved onto the quay in the morning - next to our friends on Sophie, for a little reunion.
Hector has been in Licata since October and finally the time has come to say goodbye.
Goodbye to movie night for the kids and happy hour for the parents. Goodbye to the well fed stray dogs. Goodbye to having a supermarket next door and kids to play with. Goodbye to interesting cruisers and great new friends. Goodbye to huge wind vanes that look a bit like cranes. Goodbye to Sunday BBQ and hard fought games of Mölkky. Good bye to the helpful staff and school in the yacht club.
Grazie Marina di Cala Del Sole!
Today's challenge - to climb to the top of the lighthouse. A spiral staircase hugs the inside, leading to a balcony and a great view at the top.
The view from the top. Hector is in the far corner.
The marina put on a feast for us today.. BBQ Sicilian style. We started with tomato and radicchio salads and pizza (of course). Then we had fresh bread with pecorino and lashings of olive oil, followed by potato cakes?. Then the best ever lasagna, must have been about 7 layers of deliciousness. After sausages and pork strips came off the BBQ, piles of cannoli arrived - lots of different flavours.
Thank you marina, was fantastic Sicilian experience!
On Good Friday there are three processions one at dawn one at midday and one in the evening. The midday one has several parts with statues of Jesus on the Cross and Mary coming from different Churches around the town processing toward "Calgary" where Jesus is placed on the waiting cross. The processions are slow, with carriers of the statues using a unique shuffle forward, one to the right side and then one to the left, called a "nnacata". You don't want to be in a hurry to get by. Onlookers shower the statue of Jesus with Petals. These processions have taken place for nearly 500 years, the history is all around.
The locals of Licata have had their hair done, brought a new shirt or a pair of heels, put their make up on and made their way out to the streets of Licata for the processions of Good Friday - three in all. Some kids even dress up as either Jesus or Mary, blood stained robe and all.
This is a big deal, everyone is involved and the people watching in itself makes for a great occasion.
Needless to say we wished we'd known about the mandatory hair styles and the dress code ahead of time.
Easter in Licata is a major event, with processions and commemorations happening everyday sometimes several times a day during Holy Week. If ever you needed reminding that Easter is a religious holiday then this is the place to come.
La processione di Gesu flagallato; the procession of the flagallated Jesus held on the Wednesday and Thursday of Esaster week. We went on the Thursday night before Good Friday. The men of the congregation dressed in robes and habit like head coverings, the pins on their labels seem to represent the church they are from.
We somehow how missed the statue that they carry of the kneeling, bleeding Jesus, but it was non the less unlike anything we had seen before.
On Sunday we went on a walk food. First we went down a hill, then along the beach and we saw some horses on the beach. After that we went up the hill abd we got some red orange juice, at first we thought it was tomato! We were walking along the road again when suddenly we saw a chestnut coloured horse charging towards the gate at full speed. Suddenly it put on the brakes right when he reached the gate. He looked so agitated.
We moved on and after a while we reached a good view of the caves and then after examining them we went on to the garden of Villa Lumia. We explored it with wonder and then went on to our last stop where we had a ginormous lunch: first pizza, then sausages and then pasta, then very delicious pastries, and finishing off with a lovely creamy lemon cake!
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.