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Lock Down Hungry

Locked in for two months and with a small hopeful message from the Government that we can go to restaurants and bars first of June makes me dream of my favorite restaurants. Hopefully they open then! Here Putia in Giardini-Naxos. When I lived the area this raw fish entrance was just over the top!

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Inl?st i tv? m?nader och med ett litet hoppfullt meddelande fr?n regeringen att vi kan g? till restauranger och barer f?rsta juni f?r mig att dr?mma om mina favoritrestauranger. F?rhoppningsvis ?ppnar de d?! H?r Putia i Giardini-Naxos. N?r jag bodde i omr?det var denna r?a fisking?ng precis ?ver all f?rv?ntan!

Crossing those waves with the Icon – Summer in Sicily

First real summer day in Taormina and it was time to lift the ancor of the yacht to take a bubble and gourmet tour around the stunning coast line of Giardini-Naxos, Taormina, Isola Bella and Letojanni. You have not seen Taormina properly if not seen from the sea side! Nuff talking, I let the photos speak…

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F?rsta riktiga sommardagen i Taormina och det var dags att lyfta b?tens ankare f?r en bubbel- och gourmettur runt den fantastiska kustlinjen Giardini-Naxos, Taormina, Isola Bella och Letojanni. Du har inte sett Taormina riktigt om du inte sett fr?n havet! Nog med snack, jag l?ter bilderna tala …

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Stellamarina – Beach, Sun & Giardini

It may sound strange but I am not a hudge fan of the beach even living in a sun and sea island. But there is a lovely beach club at the end of the Recanati beach where the sea is amazing and not much tourists around. The beach club has no color coordination, nor the beach beds in order and a simple kitchen. Just so Sicilian it can be! Stella Marina.

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Det kanske l?ter konstigt, men jag ?r inte ett stort fan av stranden trots att jag bor p? en sol och havs?. Men det finns en h?rlig strandklubb i slutet av Recanati-stranden d?r havet ?r fantastiskt och inte mycket turister. Strandklubben har ingen f?rgkoordinering, strandb?ddarna i oordning och ett enkelt k?k. Bara s? sicilianskt det kan bli! Stella Marina.

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Sicilian Food Mania – We eat out lots and lots

If you still do not know why you should visit Sicily…atleast come for the food! We love fish and it shows. Here a small collection of latest orders.

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Om du inte ?n vet varf?r du ska bes?ka Sicilien….s? kom iallafall f?r matens skull! Vi ?lskar fisk och det syns. H?r ?r senaste matr?tterna som best?llts!

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Favourite Raw fish dish mixed with berries and honey at Nettuno da Siciliano, Taormina

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Oysters and fried zucchini flowers at Nettuno da Siciliano, Taormina

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Seafood risotto with Truffle at Nettuno da Siciliano, Taormina

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Classical Ham and Melon dish at Cambusa, Giardini-Naxos

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Cambusas version of Raw fish plate

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Pannacotta with mixed berry sauce at Cambusa, Giardini-Naxos

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Seafood fresh ravioli at Cambusa, Giardini-Naxos

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Aperitif with drink Kir Royal (champagne & cassis) at Ape Nera, Taormina

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Plate with local hams & cheeses, salad and local red wine at Arco Rosso, Taormina

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Sea Food lasagna at La Bettola da “Za” Mela, Giardini-Naxos

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Swordfish rolls and local made french fries with cute salad at La bettola da “Za” Mela, Giardini

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Chocolate mousse cake at a cafe in Pallio (close to Recanati)

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Grilled fish with olive oil, parsley and lemon at Sea Sound, Recanati

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Tortugas version of crude fish plate. Recanati

 

And the fires continues in Sicily

We have had many fires in Sicily this year, more than last year and the fires are lit by locals; Messina, Ragusa, Taormina, Giardini-Naxos, San Vito Lo Capo and so on. So why do the locals want to burn their own land? Yes, it has to do with some typical local thinking “If I start some fires, I get more money in my paycheck”. You look only in to your own home and income, and do not care about other people getting effected by damages, healt issues caused by smoke, putting other peoples lives in danger, damaged properties, ruined businesses, burnt animals and so on. It is the mafia way of thinking.

Active in the tourist industry we follow these fires and the problems closely to see if our guests will be effected and if they need to be evacuated, like this hotel complex in Letojanni / Taormina that is one of the largest on the island had to be evacuated last friday. Reason is the same, locals started a fire just under the hotel. When fire fighters needs to have their contracts renewed, it is the same story we start fires to show the government that our jobs are needed, the locally famous forestale issue.

The fires starts normally the days it is very windy, like last friday the temperatures started to drop from over +40 ?C close to +30 ?C and late morning this fire was started. The wind was very strong and the fire grew very fast.

Italy is the country with most fires by far in the whole Europe and almost all of them are started by humans. Sicilians do not like very much to talk about the issue and say it is just few people doing this, but almost 50 people has been arrested this far and majority of the perpretrators are never found. This does effect also the tourism industry as guests choses other european destinations for their vacation because of these fires. I was personally shocked to see peoples reaction of anger learning to know that foreign media has written about these issues. Wouldn’t one be more worried about all the people who gets effected of these fires?

Last year many parts of Cefalu had to be evacuated because of one of the largest fires in Sicily in a long time, also this started by locals. The area had an immediate drop of a tourist and many local business suffered economically, many went bancrupt.

Article about 15 fire fighters arrested in Ragusa because they have started fires: Firefighters in Sicily accused of starting blazes for cash. For more information please use Google.

 

Do not be afraid to book your vacation here, Italy has the best crises team in the world, hotels are well prepared and foreign tourist offices are used to handle these issues very well. We have not been effected by any of these fires thanks to good preparation and observation.

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Vi har haft m?nga br?nder p? Sicilien i ?r, mer ?n f?rra ?ret och br?nderna startas av lokalbefolkningen; Messina, Ragusa, Taormina, Giardini-Naxos, San Vito Lo Capo och s? vidare. S? varf?r vill lokalbefolkningen br?nna deras egna land? Ja, det har att g?ra med ett typiskt lokalt t?nkande Om jag startar br?nder f?r jag mer pengar i min l?necheck. Du ser bara om ditt egen hem och inkomst, och inte bryr sig om att andra m?nniskor p?verkas av skador, orsakar h?lsoproblem p? grund av r?k, s?tter andra m?nniskors liv i fara, skadade fastigheter, f?rst?rda f?retagsverksamheter, br?nda djur och s? vidare. Det ?r mafia s?ttet att t?nka p?.

Som aktiv i turistindustrin f?ljer vi dessa br?nder och problemen n?ra f?r att se om v?ra g?ster kommer att p?verkas och om de ska evakueras, som detta hotelkomples i Letojanni / Taormina, som ?r en av de st?rsta p? ?n, var tvungen att evakueras i fredags. Anledningen ?r densamma, lokalbefolkningen startade en brand precis under hotellet. N?r brandm?nnen har behov av att f? sina kontrakt f?rnyade, ?r det samma sak, vi startar br?nder f?r att visa regeringen att v?ra jobb ?r n?dv?ndiga, det lokala ber?mda forestale problemet.

Br?nderna b?rjar normalt de dagar det ?r v?ldigt bl?sigt, liksom i fredags b?rjade temperaturerna sjunka fr?n ca +40 ? C till n?ra +30 ? C och sent p? morgonen startades elden. Vinden var mycket stark och elden v?xte v?ldigt snabbt.

Italien ?r landet med mest br?nder i Europa, och n?stan alla ?r startade av m?nniskor. Sicilianare gillar inte att prata om problemet och s?ger att det bara ?r f? personer som g?r det h?r, men n?stan 50 personer har arresterats s? l?ngt och majoriteten av mordbr?nnarna hittas aldrig. Detta p?verkar ocks? turistindustrin d? g?ster v?ljer andra europeiska destinationer f?r sin semester p? grund av dessa br?nder. Jag var personligen chockad ?ver att folkets reaktion p? ilska var n?r vissa fick veta att utl?ndska medier har skrivit om dessa br?nder. Vill man inte vara mer bekymrad ?ver alla m?nniskor som p?verkas av dessa br?nder?

F?rra ?ret evakuerades stora delar av Cefalu p? grund av en av de st?rsta br?nderna p? Sicilien under l?ng tid, ?ven denna startades av lokalbefolkningen. Omr?det hade en omedelbar dropp av turister och m?nga lokala f?retag drabbades ekonomiskt, vissa gick i konkurs.

Artikel om 15 brandm?n arresterade i Ragusa f?r att de har startat br?nder: Firefighters in Sicily accused of starting blazes for cash. F?r mer information anv?nd Google.

 

Var inte r?dd att boka din semester hit, Italien har det b?sta kristeamet i v?rlden, hotelln ?r v?l f?rberedda och utl?ndska turistbyr?er ?r van att hantera dessa problem mycket bra. Vi har inte p?verkats av dessa br?nder tack vare god f?rberedelse och observation.

Birthdays and Private boats – Taormina bays and hills

Instead of a classical birthday invitation at a restaurant it was this time organized as a private boat tour, and may I say that if you have not seen Taormina bays from the sea side, you have still things to see here. It is one of the most beautiful places to rent a boat or yacht to spend your time by the sea. Amazing relaxing time for festivities.

We were out just before sunset to enjoy the amazing sicilian sun go down slowly behind the Etna volcano, crystal clear sea and reflexions towards Taormina, Isola Bella and Giardini Naxos. Organizer was of course Sicily Private Spot. Take with you your favourite champagne and camera. I let the pictures speak for themselves!

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Ist?llet f?r en klassisk f?delsedagsinbjudan p? restaurang var det den h?r g?ngen organiserad som en privat b?ttur, och kan s?ga att om du inte har sett Taorminabukten fr?n havet, har du fortfarande saker att se h?r. Det ?r en av de vackraste platserna att hyra en b?t eller yacht f?r att spendera din tid vid havet. Underbart avkopplande f?r festiviteter.

Vi var ute strax f?re solnedg?ngen f?r att njuta av den fantastiska sicilianska solen som sakta sj?nk ner bakom vulkanen Etna, kristallklart hav och reflexioner mot Taormina, Isola Bella och Giardini Naxos. Arrang?ren var sj?lvklart Sicily Private Spot. Ta med din favorit champagne och kamera. L?ter bilderna tala f?r sig!

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Taormina a military zone for G7

22nd to 28th May Taormina is closed for visitors and only residents and workers with a pass can get in. Everything is been carefully searched before they let you in with a pass and by the metal detectors by Porta Messina and Porta Catania the queues are very long. All his for the G7 meeting to be held 26th and 27th May, this weekend. The road entrances to Taormina looks like the border from Palestina in to Israel (yes, I have seen them myself). G7 is highly excessive.

I has been stressful times for us working here in the tourism sector as the information has been close to zero from authoroties and so many rumours has been circuling like “they will close the highway” and “internet and telephones will be closed down!”, which are silly rumours but typical for Sicily to create more mess than necessary. Roads has been closed an opened with not much pre warning so much has had to be solved in last minute to understand how to get e.g. guests to the hotels. It is not the works or events like G7 and Giro Italia, that passed here a week ago, that disturbes, it is just the bad organisation and lack of information. It is quite fascinating to see how adult men in leadership positions do not manage to do more than create more mess of a mess and the mayor crying in the media that he is the most hated man. Well, you are not respected that for sure as an german five year old could have done the work much better. So please take in outside competence the next time you even think of organizing a big event here again.

Some words has wispered in the ear that the company that got millions in euro to renovate all the streets in Taormina is Renzis friend who just opened a VAT number this year to be able to get the contracts. Well, I can believe that is true as it is the Italian Style. Atleast we have new nice roads, roads signs, renovated bridges that got damaged from last years tropical rains, new walls…until the first rains comes as they have also managed to cover the drainings. Who live will see! And then Black Bloc will demostrate in Giardini Naxos this weekend and you probably remember how their demostration went in northern Italy 10 years ago with coma and death. Nobody understands how a mayor can allow them … but that’s how it is when the money talks.

For women who love men in uniforms it will be in total of two weeks of drooling and vet dreams as only 9,000 military soldiers has arrived and even more cops. Champagne cork to be fired towards the sea when all this is over 28th afternoon! Ciao from Taormina!

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22-28 maj ?r Taormina st?ngd f?r bes?kare och bara boende och arbetare med ett pass kan ta sig in. Allt blir noggrant genoms?kt innan de sl?pper in med ett pass och vid metalldetektorerna vid Porta Messina och Porta Catania ?r k?erna mycket l?nga. Allt detta f?r G7-m?tet som h?lls den 26 och 27 maj, denna helg. V?garna till Taormina ser ut som gr?nserna fr?n Palestina in till Israel (jo, har sett dem sj?lv). G7 kraftigt ?verdrivet.

Vi inom turistsektorn har haft stressiga tider eftersom informationen har varit n?ra noll fr?n auktoriteter och s? m?nga rykten har cirkulerat som “de kommer att st?nga motorv?gen” och “internet och telefoner kommer att st?ngas!”, dumma rykten men typiska f?r Sicilien att skapa mer r?ra ?n n?dv?ndigt. V?garna har st?ngts och ?ppnats med inte s? mycket f?rvarning s? mycket har varit tvunget att l?sas i sista minuten f?r att f?rst? hur man f?r till exempel g?sterna till hotellen. Det ?r inte arbeten eller h?ndelser som G7 och Giro Italia, som passerade h?r f?r en vecka sedan, som st?r utan det ?r bara den d?liga organisationen och bristen p? information. Det ?r ganska fascinerande att se hur vuxna m?n i ledarpositioner inte lyckas g?ra mer ?n att skapa mer r?ra av en r?ra och borgm?staren gr?ter i media att han ?r den mest hatade mannen. Ja, du ?r inte respekterad f?rvisso eftersom en tysk fem?ring kunde ha gjort jobbet mycket b?ttre. S? sn?lla ta in extern kompetens n?sta g?ng du ens t?nker p? att organisera en stor h?ndelse h?r igen.

Vissa viskningar i ?rat har sagt att f?retaget som fick miljoner i euro f?r att renovera alla gatorna i Taormina ?r Renzis v?n som just ?ppnat ett momsnummer i ?r f?r att kunna f? kontrakten. Tja, jag kan tro det ?r sant d? det ?r den italienska stilen. I allra h?gsta grad har vi nya fina v?gar, v?gskyltar, renoverade broar som har skadats under det senaste tropiska regnen, nya murar … tills de f?rsta regnen kommer d? de ocks? lyckats att t?cka avloppen. Den som lever kommer att se! Och sen ska Black Bloc demostrera i Giardini Naxos till helgen och ni minns s?kert hur deras demostration gick i norra Italien f?r 10 ?r sedan med koma och d?d. Ingen f?rst?r hur en borgm?stare kan till?ta dem…men det ?r v?l s? n?r pengarna talar.

F?r kvinnor som ?lskar m?n i uniformer kommer det att vara totalt tv? veckors dr?ggel och v?ta dr?mmar d? endast 9000 milit?rer har anl?nt och ?nnu fler poliser. Champagnekorken ska skjutas mot havet n?r allt detta ?r ?ver den 28:e p? eftermiddagen! Ciao fr?n Taormina!

Giardini-Naxos today (but it is still cold in Sicily)

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GiardiniNaxos – Etna – Sicily – Winter

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Stop asking me why I live here

I so often get the very annoying question from locals How I can live in this place and how could I ever leave such a great country like Sweden? Well, it is quite difficult to compare Sicily to Sweden as they are two complete opposites of each other. I was supposed to be here just one year, but that one year is eight now. I admit it is not the easiest place to live in, but it also suits me well. In Sicily there is so many things I can do and I am also doing, here I have to think more (use my brains) and plan more. I have also learned to appreciate things in life that I took for granted before. I also have more time for life and more life quality. And yes, I have started to work on to be able to live in two countries. But wherever you go on this island, it can not help taking your breath away. This is full winter rain season here and just made two quick photos driving in my hood. I do not think I will ever leave Sicily completely. And if I ever have to, I will leave Italy all together. Would not live anywhere else in this country.

The most beautiful compliments I ever received: It shows that you love our land like your own! You must have been a viking here in your previous life! Thank you!

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Jag f?r s? ofta en mycket irriterande fr?ga fr?n lokalbefolkningen Hur kan jag leva p? denna plats och hur kunde jag n?gonsin l?mna ett s? perfekt land som Sverige? N?ja, det ?r ganska sv?rt att j?mf?ra Sicilien med Sverige eftersom de ?r tv? kompletta motsatser till varandra. Jag skulle vara h?r bara ett ?r, men ett ?r ?r nu ?tta ?r. Jag medger att det ?r inte den l?ttaste platsen att leva i, men det passar mig ocks? bra. P? Sicilien finns s? m?nga saker jag kan g?ra och jag g?r ocks? mycket, h?r m?ste jag t?nka mer (anv?nda min hj?rna) och planera mer. Jag har ocks? l?rt mig att uppskatta saker i livet som jag tog f?r givet tidigare. Jag har ocks? mer tid f?r livet och mer livskvalitet. Och ja, jag har b?rjat arbeta p? att kunna leva i tv? l?nder. Men vart du ?n g?r p? denna ?, kan den inte hj?lpa att ta andan ur dig. Detta ?r full vinterregnperiod h?r och tog bara tv? snabba bilder k?randet i grannskapet. Jag tror inte att jag n?gonsin kommer att l?mna Sicilien 100%. Och om jag n?gonsin m?ste, kommer jag att l?mna Italien helt och h?llet. Skulle inte bo n?gon annanstans i detta land.

De vackraste komplimanger jag n?gonsin f?tt: Det syns att du ?lskar v?rt land som ditt eget! Du m?ste ha varit en viking h?r i ditt tidigare liv! Tack!

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