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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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The Castle of Calatabiano

The Castle of Calatabiano is a must visit if you are in Taormina area. It is just couple of minutes from Giardini-Naxos. You can also bike here the countryside roads. The castle has most remains from Arab-Norman era on top of a hill of 220 m.a.s.l. The castle has been in so many owners hand so no one can exactly say when it was built. What is known is that the castle got destroyed in the beginning or year 800 when Arabs conquered Sicily and was destroyed again during the worst earthquake in Sicily’s history, 1693. There are signs from the Greek era with the arch, a small temple and terracotta vases. The Romans has left bricks. What is interesting for us Scandinavians is that a Viking guard grave has also been found here and signs of Swedish domination.

The owner today is the Acireale’s church and thank to them this site was restored. Today you can visit the castle with a cable car. They have a nice bar, the present management organizes events like wine tasting and dinners. 23 st July 2009 the castle opened to the public. The view from here is spectacular.? — More photos after the Swedish text —

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Slottet i Calatabiano ?r ett m?ste om du ?r i Taormina-omr?det. Det ligger bara n?gra minuter fr?n Giardini-Naxos. Du kan ocks? cykla hit p? landsbygdsv?garna. Slottet har mest sp?r fr?n den arabisk-normankiska eran, ligger p? toppen av en kulle 220 m.?.h. Slottet har varit i s? m?nga ?gares hand att ingen kan exakt s?ga n?r den byggdes. Det som ?r k?nt ?r att slottet blev f?rst?rt i b?rjan av ?r 800 n?r araberna er?vrade Sicilien och f?rst?rdes igen under den v?rsta jordb?vningen i Siciliens historia 1693. Det finns tecken fr?n den grekiska eran med b?ge, ett litet tempel och terrakottavaser . Romarna har l?mnat tegelstenar. Vad som ?r intressant f?r oss skandinaver ?r att en Vikingvaktgrav ocks? har hittats h?r och tecken p? svensk dominans.

?garen idag ?r Acireales kyrka och tack vare dem restaurerades denna plats. Idag kan du bes?ka slottet med en linbana. De har en trevlig bar, den nuvarande ledningen organiserar evenemang som t.ex. vinprovning och middagar. 23 juli 2009 ?ppnades slottet f?r allm?nheten. Utsikten h?rifr?n ?r spektakul?r.

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Etna is having a huge eruption!

Etna is having a massive eruption which started escalating today after several weeks of activity. today. All three craters are active and a grey cloud starts to build up above Giardini-Naxos were we have out offices. At this moment they are having a metting at Catania airport if they have to close the airport. This eruption can go on for weeks.

Best live Cam at 2,500 meters click on link HERE.

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Etna har ett mycket stort utbrott just nu som b?rjade eskalera idag efter flera veckors aktivitet. Alla tre toppkratrarna ?r aktiva och ett stort gr?tt moln b?rjar t?ckas ?ver Giardini-Naxos d?r vi har v?rat kontor. Just nu har Catanias flygplatsledning m?te om de m?ste st?nga flygplatsen. Detta utbrott kan p?g? i veckor.

Bra livekamera p? 2,500m klicka H?R.

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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 Gelati e Granite

These cute small trucks are driving in the sicilian neighborhoods selling ice-cream and typical local Granita. This is how you prepare sicilian granita:

Ingredients:

3 glasses of water
2 glasses of sugar
1 glass of lemon juice
lemon peel

Preparation:

– Heat the water in a pan and melt the sugar, let it cool and add the lemon juice and the peel.
– Put in the freezer and after 3 hours use a small blender to break the ice crystals that are formed, this operation should be repeated every 30 minutes. As soon as the granita is completely frozen it will have a creamy consistency.

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Dessa s?ta sm? lastbilar k?r i de sicilianska kvarteren. De s?ljer glass och typiska lokala Granita. S? h?r f?rbereder du siciliansk granita:

Ingredienser:

3 glas vatten
2 glas socker
1 glas citronsaft
citronskal

F?rberedelse:

– V?rm vattnet i en panna och sm?lt sockret, l?t det svalna och tills?tt citronsaften och skalen.
– St?ll i frysen och efter 3 timmar anv?nd en liten bl?ndare f?r att bryta iskristallerna som bildas, denna operation b?r upprepas var 30: e minut. S? snart granitan ?r helt frusen kommer den att ha en kr?mig konsistens.

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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

 

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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!

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

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GiardiniNaxos – Etna – Sicily – Winter

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When the sky came down

We have had rains for about 10 days, with small sun pauses. But yesterday we had couple hours of 170 mm rain and thunder that created this disaster in the little village of Letojanni. Same damages in Giardini-Naxos, Taormina sea side and rocks fell also in Castelmola. This happens every year when the rain season comes. Last year it was worse as it rained for three days and even a bridge to Taormina fell 4 cm. The damages are high because the rain runs on the streets and the municipalities does not care to clean the sewers nor build 2-3 water systems so the water can run directly to the sea, instead on the roads into the small cities. They have money to do it, but they do not care. The small residential areas above these villages will not last more than 4-5 years and they will come down towards the cities below. Already some parts has started to tumble.

For example Letojanni is closed now for clean up and no one is allowed to enter the village. People complain to the police because they can not do their groceries. So I guess that summaries what the local mentality is all about. I have not more to add.

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Vi har haft regn under ca 10 dagar, med sm? sol pauser. Men ig?r hade vi par timmar 170 mm regn och ?ska som skapade denna katastrof i den lilla byn Letojanni. Samma skador i Giardini-Naxos, Taormina havsomr?de och klippor f?ll ocks? i Castelmola. Detta h?nder varje ?r n?r regnperioden kommer. F?rra ?ret var det v?rre eftersom det regnade i tre dagar och ?ven en bro till Taormina f?ll 4 cm. Skadorna ?r h?ga eftersom regnet rinner p? gatorna och kommunerna inte bryr sig om att reng?ra avloppen eller bygga 2-3 vattensystem s? att vattnet kan rinna direkt ut till havet, och regnet rinner i st?llet p? v?garna ner till de sm? st?derna. De har pengar att g?ra det, men de bryr sig inte. De sm? bostadsomr?dena ovanf?r dessa byar kommer inte att h?lla i mer ?n 4-5 ?r och de kommer rasa ner mot st?derna nedan. Redan har vissa delar har b?rjat rasa.

Till exempel Letojanni ?r st?ngd nu f?r sanering och ingen till?ts att komma in i byn. Folk klagar till polisen eftersom de inte kan handla matvaror. S? jag antar att detta sammanfattar vad den lokala mentaliteten handlar om. Jag har inget mer att till?gga.

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