Castelmola Sicily: a vignette

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Castelmola, Sicily: perched on top of the Mediterranean.

A beautiful twilight in Castelmola, Sicily.
A beautiful twilight in Castelmola, Sicily.

Sunset.

The end of the road.

A turning point.

Sitting here, drinking almond wine (vino di mandorla) on the roof of the peculiar Bar Turrisi, overlooking Castelmola Sicily…it’s the end of an experience.

It seems fitting to end a tour of the coast of Sicily here, at the end of the day, with the clouds obscuring curving Sicilian seacoast.  But there is the promise of returning.  Sicily will always be here, as steadfast as its people and its buildings.  The Greek theatres, whether lit by bright lights and filled with crowds, or whether utterly devoid of people, are there to be admired, are open to performances just as they were thousands of years ago.

Earthquakes can’t tear things down here, not permanently.  Through a history as curving as its roads, Sicily does one thing remarkably well: it endures.  It waits with an endless chain of seafood and a welcoming hand gesture.  The lanterns have lit the way there and back, into a place of friendly people and amazing things.  Sicily is timeless.

 

In what places in the world have you experienced turning points?

 

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