Easter signals the first holiday of the year for The Frozen Northerner and after the miserable winter we have endured it would nice to have a little bit of sun on my back. The last couple of Easter journeys have been fine but, at the moment I genuinely crave a place that I am madly in love which means I must return to Sicily and to my favourite place on the planet, Taormina.
I have now been to Taormina on numerous occasions and my affection for this town is showing no sign of abating. Why I am so in love with this spot is completely baffling, all I know is that when I am there, I am totally relaxed and at ease. Popular with such literary giants such as Oscar Wilde and DH Lawrence, Taormina has and still does attract a rather diverse and interesting range of characters, for example the notorious gangster Charlie “Lucky” Luciano often stayed there during the summer months after being deported back to Sicily from the United States.
My wife the Contessa Di La Proctero had laid out an itinerary for the week that was going to take us various locations such as Syracuse, Savoca and the like, but finding that the temperature was a rather pleasant 22 degrees there was no chance of me dragging the Contessa away from the pool. Was I bothered, not in the slightest; it just left me with plenty of time just to wander around Taormina on my own. Nothing is better than just sitting outside some bar or café with a bottle of Messina wiling away the hours rather predictably people watching. Although, alternatively you could enjoy a nice glass of white wine while munching your way through a bowl of mussels at Bistro Du Monde on the Via Naumachia (which may be the best mussels I have ever had).
Having already blogged about Taormina in more depth in blog notes 49 I am not going to cover ground that has already been discussed all I am going to say is that you must at some point in your life go there because it really is very special.