Day 13 in Sicily / A Day In Taormina

シチリアでの13日目、タオルミーナでの3日目はタオルミーナとホテルでゆっくり過ごすことにしました。ご覧のように、この日もほとんど快晴の良いお天気。エトナ山の上部を隠していた雲も晴れています。少し雲のように見えているのは、煙。(途中から雲も少し出ましたが。)

The 13th day in Sicily, 3rd day in Taormina.  We decided to take it easy, just walk in Taormina town, have lunch then enjoy the rest of the day relaxing in the hotel.

As you can see it was another beautiful day.  The clouds that were around the top of Mt Etna for the last couple of days lifted completely this morning and you can see the top of the mountain and some smoke.

 

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まず向かったのが、Bam Bar というジェラートが美味しいと評判のお店。日曜日に行っていっぱいだったので諦めたところですが、連休も終わって十分席もありました。

The first place we went to was “Bam Bar” – the cafe famous for their handmade granita.  We’d tried to go there on Sunday but it was packed so we gave up.  After the long weekend finished there was plenty of room.

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初日以来頼んでいなかったブリオッシュと一緒に、アーモンドのジェラート。夫は、カプチーノ(かわいい顔が書かれていました 笑)。

I ordered brioche as well as granita – almond this time.  I wanted to have pistachio but they hadn’t made it yet.  The waiter told us that they make one by one, so later on in the morning they would have pistachio, but not so early.

 

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お店の覗いたり、シチリアの名産を買ったり、ぶらぶら。とても雰囲気の良い街でした。メインストリートから山が見えるのも良い感じ。阪神間で山を見て育ったせいか、山がある風景が好きです。

We walked in the streets, looked in shops, bought some Sicilian food like cheese, almond etc.  I liked walked in these little streets and liked seeing the mountains from the main street – I grew up in the area where you can see mountains so I miss them in Singapore.

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街で一番美味しいと評判のお菓子屋さん。いろいろ買ってみたかったのですが見ただけではさっぱりわからなくて、オーダーするのに勇気がいります。いくつか自分たちで食べられるだけメレンゲのお菓子など買ってみました。

From my informations, this is the beset Pastricceria in Taormina.  I wanted to buy a lot of their cookies, pastries and cakes that we could take to London and back to Singapore but it was hard to figure out which ones are what so ended up getting just a few little cookies for us.  I found the shop assistants in these places not so patient… and I got overwhelmed by all kinds of things that I had never seen before.

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お昼は、見晴らしの良い広場の一番目立つカフェで、高〜いパニーニ(笑)。1つ15ユーロくらいした記憶。さすがは観光地です。でも、美味しかったですし、場所代だと思ってま、いいか、と思えました。

We had panini for lunch at the large cafe at a piazza.  It was outrageously expensive (I think something like 15 Euro each) but we couldn’t care less!  In such a beautiful place, it didn’t feel too bad to pay a bit of silly money for lunch.  It was good anyway.

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シチリアでの休暇について書き始めたときにも書きましたが、旅行中嫌な思いをすることは一度もなかったですしどこも素敵なところでしたが、このタオルミーナがわたしは一番「また行きたい!」と思うところでした。街の構造がわかりやすくこじんまりしていて歩きやすいですし、お休みでもお店が開いていていつも活気があって、スリには気をつけないといけないと思いますが昼も夜も安全に歩けて、街並みも素敵。観光地なのでお美味しいレストランを見つけるのは難しいようですが、この日夜に行ったレストランはまずまずでしたし、総合的に数日で楽しめて素敵な街でした。それに何と言ってもホテルからの眺めが絶景でした。唯一残念なのは、常設の市場がなかったことかな。毎週水曜日に朝市が立つそうでその声らしい呼び声は聞こえたのですが、出発の日で、ギリシャ劇場に行ったので行けなくて残念でした。

Like I wrote before, I liked every city we visited in Sicily and there are a few others I’d love to revisit but I would say Taormina if I have to choose only one place to go back.  It is very touristy, there is no doubt, but somehow that didn’t bother me enough not to want to go back.  It felt very safe, the streets are beautiful, small enough and easy enough to know our way around.  The best thing is of course the view from our hotel.  It’s somewhere easy to visit just for a long weekend and enjoy ourselves if we’d lived in England.  They don’t have an open market, which is the only disappointment.  They have a morning market once a week but not every day.  I would have wanted to go but the morning they had it was the day we left and we spent that morning visiting the Greek Theatre.

 

 

 

 

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