Monday, May 29, 2017

Erice, Sicily - Part II. . . . . . . .


Venus Castle
The Castle of Erice was built during the Norman domination in the place where there was already a pagan temple dedicated to Venus.



Looking out across the beautiful panoramic landscape of the island.



The small cobbled streets were lined with shops, restaurants and cafes.




High above that magnificent blue Mediterranean Sea looking down on Trapani.



Here you can see the winding road our tour bus took up the hillside -  cable car
not running in early morning - however we did return by the cable car so
 had two very different journeys, both of which were spectacular.





The wildflowers were magnificent here.



Coming soon - the olive oil farm and a delicious lunch.

14 comments:

  1. Oh Mary, what beauty. The wildflowers were spectacular. You sure picked the right time to go. What a beautiful world.

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  2. Spectacular photos and views! Your photos are really beautiful.
    Pam

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  3. Definitely a place I want to visit. It's only a 20 minute plane ride from here.

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    1. Yes I know Lorree - and yet there is such a vast difference in the landscapes between Sicily and Malta. I know you would love Sicily, especially at this time of year when so green and colorful with those amazing wildflowers everywhere.
      I'll be posting later on our day in Valletta where, sadly, I was really down with the awful bug several of us caught, and it was so hot walking around feeling poorly!
      Mary -

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  4. Dear Mary, What beautiful photographs! The flowers and plant material is so different from what we grow here in the desert.
    In one of the photos it looks like a group of women are gathering the yellow flowers. Do you know what they are gathering?

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    1. Gina, I believe they were just part of our tour group who somehow got off the beaten track and decided to get a closer view - somewhat brave as the hillside was very steep! I've never seen such amazing swathes of wildflowers anywhere like these in Sicily - I think every flower on the island opened and showed us their beauty on that trip - it was truly gorgeous.
      Mary -

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  5. Oh my - what beauty - and the way you frame your shots is simply amazing. I've enjoyed the tour - over and over - there was just so much to take in with all your photos - what an amazing trip you had. The beauty of the world astounds me - thank you for sharing.

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  6. Wonderful views. Love the cobbled street pattern . Old I expect, made when there were only sensible shoes.

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  7. So enjoyed going through your trip posts. Just love all the scenic panorama, as well as the narrow walkways among the old buildings!

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  8. Beautiful! Now I haven't heard of this place, so it is fun to see. Love the look of cobblestone, but so hard to walk on. The flowers are wonderful!

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  9. What fantastic pictures, you are sure loving your new camera. The wild flowers are beautiful, you chose the right time to visit. However reading your comment to one of your followers I guess you were poorl during your trip, I hope it didn't spoil your holiday too much.

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  10. That view on Trapani is utterly incredible. I can almost smell the aromas too.

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