Sicily

It is May 2014 and we've arrived in Sicily, which is just west of the "toe" of Italy.
We saw a fair amount of the island, which by the way has a population of about 900,000 people.
The notable cities we took in were: Catania, Palermo, Taormina, Cefalu and Trapani.
Of course we did take a pretty full tour of Mt. Etna.


Catania
 
The first thing you'll see here is nothing. 

I have no pictures of Catania, simply because there was nothing of notable photographic interest.

One of the local tidbits is that Catania is just south of Mt. Etna and thus has an easy and endless supply of volcanic rock for use in construction.

This is good and bad news. 
The use of volcanic rock has resulted in pretty much all the buildings being gray or black. 

I've never seen such a dark city - could be a set for a Batman movie.

Taormina



Right up the coast, north of Catania is this fantastic cliff side village.
With a winding road up to it....


...getting there is half the fun.




Here is the view looking down.


The main plaza.



Charming village streets filled with tourists.

And plenty of shopping.



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