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Province of Agrigento

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  • Day252

    Approaching Lido di Rossello in search of a wild camp spot, our initial impressions weren't promising. After passing through the built up streets of the quiet resort, we came to a dead end where a couple of cars were parked in front of the concrete wall separating the road from the beach. There had been road signs pointing towards a campsite and there was grafitti on the adjacent wall reading 'Camping' with a number to call. However, the tall iron gates into what could have been a site, were closed and chained up.

    We stopped to assess our options and after a minute, a short, grey haired man whose skin was as brown and thick as leather approached the van asking if we wanted to look? He proceeded to open the gates and lead us past a small hotel in the late stages of being built, to a seafront haven of gravel and grass. The area was cut into the soft cliff, bordered by flowers and low bushes with steps leading down to the sandy beach. While a paraglider played in the updrafts behind us, the man, whose name was Giuseppe, showed us around with just pride. A small lighthouse was perched precariously on the cliff above and he said that at night we could see its beam shining through the darkness. He pointed out the beautiful rocky cove to the right, where his small fishing boat and one other were moored, before directing our attentions to a stunning white cliff projecting into the sea a few kilometers to the left. Its striations stepped back as it rose and acted as natural pavements along which people were walking.

    Giuseppe took us via the basic facilities, down the steps on to the fine sand, but we had already fallen in love with the place and decided to stay at €10 a night. The late day sun was warm and Vicky paddled in the sea with Poppy while Will swam. We sat out on the sand for a while, much to the bewilderment of the locals, before returning to our 'room with a view'. From the van we watched the lively Mediterranean waters and noticed a banding of colour as they stretched to the uninterrupted horizon. It was almost like a rainbow, changing through different shades of green, to blue, to a thin strip of violet at its farthest point.

    We stayed 3 nights and each day Giuseppe came and checked that everything was going ok, despite not having a word of English. Will went snorkeling in the cove but waves whipped up the sand so much that he couldn't see his hand in front of his face.
    We took a picnic and tried to walk to the far chalk cliffs but rockfalls blocked our way, so we found a patch protected from the wind and ate our lunch there on the deserted beach.

    Unfortunately Vicky became badly ill again and this time Will wasn't feeling great either. We suspected it may have been something in the water we picked up at Marina di Ragusa and Caltanissetta, where both taps had been reduced to a dribble. It was impossible to know but when we felt able, we drained the water tank, wiped it round with vinegar and flushed it through with water from the site.

    On our last full day, a storm blew with gale force winds. The tall cliffs behind us confused the winds and it was fascinating to watch them blowing in several different directions on the water simultaneously. All day long the wind battled with the waves, ripping their breaking crests backwards and whipping the spray several meters into the air.
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  • Day252

    Valley of the Temples

    March 5, 2017 in Italy

    Our friend Cath had recommended a visit to the Valley of the Temples near Agrigento, about half way along the south coast of Italy. On the approach, commercial outlets inevitably allied themselves to this famous UNESCO site and we saw signs for the Valley of fruit, cars, shops etc.

    Will had found a water tap in the town using Maps.Me but yet another road was closed and the ensuing confusion and blocked streets made it impossible to get to. The reason for this road closure was a political rally, there were about 35 coach loads of people waving flags, including a bright red Communist Party one. Having recently seen photos of the NHS demonstration back home, it did make us think of how much our way of life has changed. A year ago we would have been involved in the fight for positive change and standing up against disastrous policies that increase inequality. Today we feel somewhat dislocated. Sometimes this is better for our personal state of mind as we don't get so frustrated, upset and angry. However it has also taken something away from who we are right now and the worth we place in our actions.

    After so many tight squeezes in town it was a relief to find ample parking in the car park for vans. After passing by a small gathering of stalls selling tourist tat, we approached the ticket office expecting to pay €10 each, but were pleasantly surprised to be handed two free tickets! Following obligatory body scans we entered the site through an orchard, guided by a corridor of yellow, orange and blue wildflowers. Amongst the trees were blossoming almonds, some of their white petals tinged with pink being occasionally blown off and catching the light as they fluttered down. The scent of nectar enticed butterflies which in turn enticed birds who trilled as they flitted between the trees. It truly felt as if spring had sprung.

    Further into the site stood a 500-600 year old knarled olive tree - true living history! We noticed fig trees in bud, the orange and lemon trees were fruiting and the pomegranates that were still attached to the branches, hung shrivelled and black. Will picked a windfall almond from a now flowering tree but it too was well past its best.

    The stone ruins dating back nearly 2,500 years were spread over several hectares. On the drive we'd passed a large grid of worn down walls and had spied a huge temple from afar. Commencing our exploration within the site, remnants of buildings could be seen up close and even climbed upon. Many of the massive bricks were cut from sandstone, itself probably millions of years old and containing a myriad of shells from that time. The warm coloured blocks were rounded and compiled into Doric Temple columns, some of which were still intact with only a low wire between us and them. This is just the sort of history we enjoy; wandering amongst artefacts in situ and being able to imagine as much as possible how life was back then.

    There were several sets of columns at various points, denoting where previously grand temples had stood. However, the Tempio della Concordia was the crowning glory, the rectangular structure standing complete on its stepped plinth, majestic and imposing with 38 columns and a roof. The cumulative impression of so many magnificent ancient buildings and remains spread over such a vast site was incredible. We are very glad it was recommended to us and would in turn recommend it to others.
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  • Day412

    We are now here in San Leone near the site of the old town known as Akragas, once Sicily’s richest city, tomorrow we are headed to the Valle dei Templi, so expect photos of ruined Greek temples and stones. For now I attach photos from Sciacca where we spent last night, it’s a bit dusty and tired as most cities here on Sicily appear to be, but was once a thriving spa town with thermal baths and famous for its ceramics. We were surprised at the number of trawlers as, like I mentioned we had spent the previous night at Mazara de Vello, which was per our guide book the largest trawler port in Sicily but it had very few boats though a thriving ship building and destroying business.Read more

  • Day414

    Valley of the Temples

    June 3 in Italy

    So we made an early start to catch the 8:30 bus which arrived at 8:45 never mind. Then a short walk to one of the ticket offices and we were in. It was a bit confusing at first as they had no maps, well no free maps anyway so we were a bit aimless initially and ended up walking one route three times, which it was a bit warm for really. Anyway we saw most things in the end, the most impressive was the Temple of Concordia mostly because this was the one that has been the most reconstructed so less imagination required, the Temple of Zeus would have been the biggest and this is where the giant statues were found, we didn’t go to the gardens as were told that it was really the wrong time of year? From the Temples we walked to the Museum to see some of the hundreds of artefacts recovered at the temple sites, the museum was at the site of the Greek theatre or meeting place. Then after waiting 40 mins for a bus back to boat we gave up and walked up to the old town of Agrigento before catching ‘a ticky tacky tour’ bus from the station to the marina, this bus went everywhere before it took us home!Read more

  • Day6

    Scala dei Turchi

    September 26 in Italy

    Heute haben wir einen wunderschönen Ausflug gemacht. Es ging 133 km nach Realmonte zum „Scala dei Turchi (Treppen der Türken)“. Zunächst waren wir etwas enttäuscht, weil es so bewölkt war. Als wir aber über diesen weißen Berg kletterten und hinter dem Berg zum Strandabschnitt kamen, wo hinter uns riesige weiße Felsen in den Himmel ragten und wirklich majestätisch aussahen, da kam dann auch schon bald die Sonne hervor😍. Wir haben einfach entspannt und gelesen und mit den Wellen 🌊 gekämpft... 😅. Plötzlich, ja viel zu schnell war es 16 Uhr und wir mussten noch 30 Minuten zurück bis zum Auto und außerdem muss man ja auch immer wieder Pausen machen und Bilder schießen😜!!!

    Übrigens Hut ab, vor Mama und Papa!!! Die haben die Kletterpartie super gemeistert... wir hatten aber auch einiges zu lachen 😂

    Als wir auf dem Rückweg um die letzte Ecke bogen mussten wir erstaunt feststellen, dass alle Leute das letzte Stück durchs Meer gehen mussten, anstatt auf dem Weg neben dem Abhang... scheinbar sind da Steine runtergekommen und ein Security hat sofort gepfiffen wenn man es versucht hat, den normalen Weg zu benutzen!!!! Problem war, dass das Wasser stellenweise bis zur Hüfte kam. Gut wenn man dann Schwimmsachen anhat 🤣.

    Auf dem Rückweg wollten wir so gern in den Lidl, den wir auf dem Hinweg gesehen haben. Aber das Navi führte uns leider ganz anders. Also sind wir hier im Ort kurz ins Geschäft und dann schnell heim.

    Heute gab es Kartoffeln mit Hähnchenfleisch und Salat, also ein richtiges Sonntagsessen!!! Die
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  • Day370

    Day 371: Temples of Agrigento

    February 20 in Italy

    Woke up to overcast skies, but at least no rain! The accommodation we'd chosen was actually inside the archaeological park, so we headed out after breakfast and walked to the entrance. The main entrance here is known as the Valley of the Temples, a fairly inaccurate name since it's a bunch of temples stretched out along a ridge line. Normally people start at the top of the ridge and walk down past the temples to the bottom then get a taxi back to the top, but we figured we might as well walk the lot, so started at the bottom.

    Most of the temples are from the same era, around 500 BC when the city was founded by Greek settlers. There's ruins of several temples still here, though since most of the records are gone it's not really known what each specific temple was used for.

    First up was the Temple of Juno, of which only six columns remained. When I say remained it's a bit of a misnomer, since they were re-erected in the 19th century.

    Next up the hill was the largest temple, dedicated to Zeus. This is the only one with surviving contemporary records, so we know for sure who it was dedicated to and why. It covered a huge area, though it was mostly just a pile of rubble sadly. It was distinguished though by a bunch of atlases - or columns in the shape of people (named after the titan Atlas, condemned by Zeus to bear the weight of the world on his shoulders for eternity).

    Up next was the Temple of Hercules, though I can't remember why it had that name - it was something added much later. Only a few columns remained of this one, but it had a very dramatic position right next to the edge of the ridge.

    Further up the hill was the temple of concordia, so named because there was a Roman-era inscription discovered nearby that spoke about agreements and harmony. This is the best preserved temple on site, and looks in fantastic condition. Apparently this is the temple that inspired the UNESCO logo which I thought was a really cool touch! It also shows a few signs of fire damage from a Carthaginian invasion in 406 BC.

    Lastly we came to the top of the ridgeline and the temple of Juno. As we'd been walking the weather had turned extremely nice - warm and sunny which made for an excellent change! We had our picnic lunch in the shadow of the temple and then bought a gelato which the guy stacked up huge! We took in the sight of the temples, reflecting on how Juno and Concordia were essentially twins of each other (though we aren't the first to make that observation).

    Unfortunately we were now at the furthest point of the park from our accommodation, so rather than just walk back down the ridge we opted to walk around the perimeter to the museum. But worse luck - because of the road closure the museum was also closed, so we walked the long way round for nothing! Alas.

    Home late afternoon and quite tired, but satisfied with the day - I'd really enjoyed the temples in particular. Annoyingly, in addition to this house being very cold, it was also very poorly connected with internet! Extremely slow, so we couldn't get much done online either. Instead I just got on with editing videos. Since my YouTube schedule is still posting videos from Germany, I've been extremely slack and let a huge backlog build up. Time to start clearing things!
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  • Day6

    Nach dem Valle dei Templi war ein Besuch der "Oberstadt" angesagt.
    Die neuere Stadt liegt oben auf dem Hügel, hat aber im älteren Teil schon noch einige Sanierungsprobleme. Von Situationen wie in Siena noch weit entfernt. Wir haben (wer hätte es gedacht) die Kirchen und die Altstadt Strassenverhältnisse besucht, alles steil am Berg und schweisstreibend. Die Kirchen San Lorenzo, sowie S.Maria dei Greci und der Dom sind sehenswert. S. Maria dei Greci ist durch die Umwandlung eines griechischen Tempels entstanden, die Fundamente sind unter Glas sichtbar. Der Dom ist imposant, noch unter Restauration aber der Blick vom Turm und die Ausstattung der De kennt etc. Sehenswert.Read more

  • Day6

    Agrigentum, Valle dei Templi

    June 20, 2017 in Italy

    Heute sind wir zum "Tal der Tempel" gefahren, eigentlich nicht weit aber die Strassenverhältnisse sind halt sizilianisch. Manchmal sehr gut, manchmal herzlich schlecht.
    Die Fahrweise hier lässt, ahnen warum es viele Kirchen gibt, man muss schon ein gutes Gottvertrauen haben um direkt vor engen Kurven zu überholen. Die durchgezogenen Linien und die Geschwindigkeitsgebote werden nur als Empfehlungen wahrgenommen.
    Die alte griechische Stadt Akagras liegt auf einem, Hügel, die Tempel sind unterschiedlich erhalten, der älteste ist 510 vor Chr. gebaut worden. Trotz der Attraktion war es nicht sehr voll, kann auch an den 34° gelegen haben. Die Eindrücke sind toll.
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  • Day26

    Around town

    September 7, 2016 in Italy

    Today I got my feet wet on the roads and sites in Grotte. My cousin Alessandra and her son Peter, who will turn 2 this month, drove me around the town. One photo shoes my view from the highest point in town and if you look closely in the background you can see the blue of the Mediterrean Sea. It is 35 minutes away. WOW, can't wait to go. Old towers and views of town. While visiting the Cemetary Crypts I met a cousin Maria. She is eighty yes old and strong and smart. No one compares to Sicilian women. When your conquered by half the world, many times over, only the best survive.Read more

  • Day27

    Butcher Shop and Garden

    September 8, 2016 in Italy

    Today my neighbor Dominico offered to drive me to the next town to a very fine butcher. Along the way to Comita, we made some photo stops including Morgante winery. Grotte grapes and they have won blue ribbons in Germany, Italy and France. Also Dominico drove me to his country house to pick celery, basil, etc. He also gave me his stored garlic and onions. What a fun two hours. Grazie Dominico! Oops forgot to mention the SULPHUR MINES. that is how some people earned their living back in the day. The photo shows two caves GROTTE of sulphur.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Agrigento, Agrigent, Province of Agrigento, Agrigente, Pruvincia di Girgenti

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