Camille created a video about the rubbish we found on our clean up of of the break water in the marina today.
On Saturday we went to a big Carnival in Aciraele. It was awesome!
There were loads of people there. I brought a mask. Everyone had squirty goo and heaps of confetti. We all got confettied. The ground got covered with it.
We saw an anti GMO fruit float, another with a giant fish on it and another with people eating steak. They were all amazing! The music was really loud. There were also bands and cheerleaders. At the end we also had nutella crepes - yum!
I went halves with Daddy to buy a drone!!! I saw someone flying one and so I wanted one too. I used money from my savings, birthday money etc.
So I ordered one online. When it arrived I crashed it! I am still learning and doing lots of practice.
I love flying!
At Every Sunday BBQ there is a French man called Maurice, he always brings pastry's (so good)! And the kids (such as myself) go trailing behind him. I like the cannolies best, second best I like the cream puffs, a layer of pastry filled with cream, the third best is a little tart thing with strawberries and other fruit on top and creamy custard inside. Um umm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Modica is a beautiful chocolate town. There is a museum there, but it was closed when we visited. So instead we went to a chocolate café for hot chocolate with whipped cream. It wasn’t as good as Florence, but it was till good. Daddy had a Moroccan coffee (which had spices and chocolate in it) and Mummy had a baroque coffee (which was coffee with cinnamon and citrus), they were very small and strong.
There was no lunch at the café (only lots of chocolate!), so we went to a bakery, I got a delicious ball of rice, called Arancini. It had some filling and was covered in breadcrumbs and fried.
Next we went to some chocolate shops we go to do taste tests. My favourites were the Trapani salt one and the Jasmine blossom one.
Modica chocolate is crunchy and grainy. It is made a special way so the sugar doesn’t melt. It is dairy free and mostly just has chocolate, sugar and flavour in it. It is yummy, but different to normal chocolate. The recipe came to Sicily a long time ago from the Aztecs in South America.
Pompeii is a town i[n Italy that got buried during the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD. We visited it and walked around the streets. We looked in the houses and saw a couple of temples and statues with their heads missing. We also saw some plaster people. The scientists made them by filling holes in the lava that had been occupied by people and then they broke away the hardened lava. They were scary looking and sad. There was a poor dog too. I also saw some bread that had been trapped in the lava.
We've been collecting photo's of honey, it very interesting to see to how much the Europeans will spend on a pot of honey. Along way we have spotted a other bee related things.
The top price spotted works out to about $80 a kg, needless to say we didn't buy any.
We spotted some bees on the louvre. After a little investigating we've found out that the bee is a symbol used by French kings, and of course Napoleon. Paris has also been home to a bee keeping school since 1856.
Anastasia, Anne and I made a flying visit to Florence. To celebrate Anastasia’s 10th birthday and visit Grandma’s favourite city. Anastasia did a school report on Florence and discovered that 16 million people visit a year, it was certainly very busy with tourists, but in a bustling good vibe kind of way.
We hired an apartment and were able to walk everywhere. We visited the fashion museum at the Pitti Palace and wandered through the beautiful gardens.
Later we explored the Leonardo Di Vinci Museum. Anastasia and Grandma spent an incredible amount of time constructing an arched bridge, which then promptly collapsed - perhaps not quite to Leo’s design.
But probably the best part of Florence is sitting in one of the many cafes watching the colourful array of people go by.
For a day out we went to nearby town called Caltagirone. It is perched on top of a hill and has wonderful views all around.
It is famous for its ceramics, and there are a lot of them.
Its other claim to fame is the 142 steps, built in 1608, that lead up to the church. Each step has a different tile decorating it.
It is a lovely day town, and we had fun exploring it.
After going to the wrong piazza last week, today we make it to the Thursday market. It is a half hour walk across the river to the other side of town. Most of the market is taken up with shoes and clothes. We find some great winter clothes for very little and amazing quality. Then we find the food stalls, the sounds and smells are overwhelming – and it is a lot of fun. We buy some aged goats (?) cheese with peppercorns, some salami studded with pistachios, some marinated green olives with chilli and some little biscuits of varying flavours. All very yummy!
Note the little boy on the right in the cheese stand photo – he’s got a whole salami to snack on!
Might save the salted fish for next week…
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.