Sunday, June 28, 2009

Fairytale Taormina

After our exhausting day at Mount Etna, we decided to spend a leisurely Sunday in the touristic town of Taormina (an hours bus ride away). Taormina is "spectacularly located on a terrace of Monte Taura and with dominating views west to Mt Etna" (Lonely Planet). Which was pretty much right! It had spectacular views and famously noteed for its "heavenly" Teatro Greco, basically perched on the mountain, open air, with Mt Etna looming in the stage's back ground. It would been wonderful to see a greek tragedy reenacted here, but alas we missed the night shows!

Teatro Greco
Wouldn't it be ridiculous to watch a performance here? You can see Mt Etna with its tumultous clouds in the background.
Fromaggio!
Etna looks prettier in the distance. But wow! We climbed close to the top yesterday!
Gorgeous coast lines... We also wandered into some beautiful gardens. There are bright pink flowers and well manicured topiaries all over Taormina, clearly a tourist town. But it left such an impression on our minds that Xiao and I were scoping out expensive hotels as we walked, for when we start making money and could perhaps visit again... in style!Marzipan is BIG in sicily. I wonder why, but you find a lot of these displays everywhere. Marzipan is a confection made of sugar and almond meal, I enjoyed the bite of Xiao's marzipan fig that I had. Its very very sweet, and very similar to my favorite Indian sweet, barfi (trust me, it tastes better than it sounds).

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