Messina

Of all the major cities in Sicily, Messina is the one with which I have the most familiarity, simply because it is physically closer to Sinagra. But apart from this I find that Palermo is too decrepit and full of crime, Catania is just plain dirty and dangerous and the others are simply too difficult…

Sicilian Landscapes

I've spent nearly a decade of my life living in Sicily in which I have gathered many experiences. Including some beautiful and ugly photographic portraits. I thought I'd share some of the best. I'll randomly  post my photos as a way of celebrating my time here in my second home. Some summer landscapes of my…

Teaching my son English

Since being back in Sicily my main concern amongst many others is making sure my two and a half year old son keeps speaking English. I’ve read several books about raising bi-lingual children, something which is easily achieved with a little bit of dedication. At this stage of development my son will pick up language…

Italian fringe benefit: fashion

One fringe benefit of living in Italy is the wonderful world of Italian fashion. I love plunging into glossy Italian magazines to see what lovely new styles Italian designers have come up with for each new season. It’s a girly thing. Flicking through June’s Myself magazine (I know the title doesn’t exactly scream Italy but…

What do you mean Balotelli isn’t Italian?

I’ve always been surprised at the average Italians innate racism, sexism and homophobia. I’m certain there are plenty of enlightened Italians out there but the majority I’ve met are more of the red neck kind. An example is the debate during the recent European soccer championships about whether or not the Italian Mario Balotelli could…

Bad mannered Italian’s

It’s official Italian kids are the most bad mannered while overseas. Thanks to a recent report from ANSA Italy (on ansa.it) Italian children on vacation are the least civilised in Europe, according to a survey conducted in 500 European hotels.   According to the report the worst offenders were children from Milan and Rome followed…

Old photos from Sicily

I’ve fished out some old family photo’s which are particularly dear to me, they are so wonderful and filled with character that I simply have to share them with everyone.     These are all of my great aunts, my grandmother will all of her sisters and my great grandmother when my great grandfather was…

Missing my Nonno

Isn’t it amazing the surprises life has in stall for us? At times I’m a little overwhelmed by the strange new directions this journey has pulled me through some painful, others colourful, adventurous but all unexpected. I imagined myself at this stage working as a journalist in some t.v or radio station with a novel…

On the theme of Mt Etna

One really can’t talk about Sicily without mentioning the Mt Etna volcano, here are some short pieces I’ve written about this strange monster that dominates this island, following along on the theme of earthquakes from yesterday.   Etna is a real monster, a living breathing part of the Sicilian landscape. Its sixty by forty kilometre…

Tremors

     Italy has always been a place susceptible to earthquakes Sicily more so than other regions. I’ve never felt anything, that is until this summer when the Mt Etna volcano has been erupting. Etna has always been relatively active and is quite far away from us towards Catania.   In the past, we’ve breathed in…

10 books to read instead of visiting Sicily

I’m big on reading and the journey books can create in your life. If you can’t travel a book can give you an authentic experience without leaving your armchair. Sometimes travelling isn't always possible but this is no reason not to experience a place through its literature. Sicily has inspired many locals and foreigners with…