East Sicily: what to see plus the best bars, beaches, restaurants and hotels

With baroque palaces, fine beaches and Mount Etna, the Ionian coast is home to most of the island’s crown jewels – underpinned by glorious local food and drink

Trip to Taormina

The nun with the baking tray covered in aluminium foil came over to the stop where we waiting to catch the bus from Catania to Taormina in Sicily. A teenage girl instantly stood up and offered the nun a seat, which was gratefully accepted. In return, the nun offered the girl the tray, though thisContinue reading “Trip to Taormina”

Palermo holiday guide: what to see plus the best bars, hotels and restaurants

The capital of Sicily is a crumbling film set of a city with unmissable architecture, vivid street life, and a great choice of alfresco restaurants and bars

Taormina in Sicily

If you like this piece you can buy a kindle version of the book Julian’s Journeys, which contains this story. ” The bus headed northwards past several resort towns on Sicily’s eastern coast. The weather was warm and the sun was just beginning to come out, thought the top of Mount Etna away to ourContinue reading “Taormina in Sicily”

A quiz on islands for you

Here are some pictures of islands for you to puzzle over – I wasn’t aware that one of the answers was even an island, so I learned something: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2014/jun/06/travel-picture-quiz-islands

Trip to Taormina

Apparently exhausted by her exertions, the nun sat down, but the middle-aged woman, taking her cue from the nun, got up. She came to stand by me, pulled out a creased picture and pointed at it, saying “Mia Mama.” Her mother wasn’t the one sunning herself on the rock; she was the one swimming inContinue reading “Trip to Taormina”