November 17th–December 2nd, 2016

    • Entrance to a place used as a dungeon.
    • Caper plants grow on the walls.
    • Retro Coca-Cola signs are popular. Not very Italian.
    • The Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Tears, a privately funded memorial.
    • The main sanctuary was closed, but we could visit the basement.
    • These sandwiches were a treat from Susanna.
    • Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia
    • Santa Lucia is the patron saint of the blind and of Siracusa.
      • Fountain of Diana in Siracusa.
      • Laurie with her new hat. Great town for shoppers.
      • The puppet theatre in Siracusa.
      • The sequence of shows takes several years to cycle through.
      • The puppets are only 2 1/2 feet high, but they look full size on the stage—an optical illusion.
      • On our way to Catania, we stopped at the only WW II museum on Sicily. It is dedicated to the actions in Sicily during the war.
        • Code machine. Like the German Enigma, but used by the Allies.
        • The Nazi had taken over Sicily before the Allies liberated Sicily.
        • Bob & Barb
        • Entering Catania, a chaotic city that reminded us of Naples. Mount Etna is straight ahead.
        • Some of our fellow tourists planned to stay a few days extra in order to visit Mount Etna.
        • Elephant, the emblem of Catania.
        • The Catania fish market. Fish plays a big role in Sicilian cuisine.
          • Sicilians do eat meat.
          • The butcher at work.
            • I grow radicchio like this at our town garden.
            • Catania buildings.
            • The Sonny Bono?
            • Nick’s dad was born in San Demetrio in Calabria.
            • Our room in Catania, a fabulous suite.
                  • Benanti Vineyards, where we had our farewell dinner.
                  • Our vineyard guide.
                  • A Sicilian cart. Nick’s dad went to the seaport to leave for America in one of these.
                  • Every square inch is painted with stories.
                  • Our last sunset in Sicily.
                    • Another family that has been in the same business for hundreds of years.
                        • Signore Benanti expresses his appreciation of Rick Steves Tours.
                        • Dinner
                        • Signore Benanti’s son, who sells their wine around the world.
                        • Trinacria
                        • Back at home we made our own Nucatola cookies, and they were delicious!