Photo Album: La bella Sicilia

7 Mar

Last summer (2010) I went to Sicily with the folks, we stayed in an area called Alcamo, just along the beach from Castellamare del Golfo where style is the religion of choice.

We saw much of the capital, Palermo, in between much needed espresso and ice cream stops. We shopped, and ate, and fell in in love with Sicily.

On our first evening at the beachside hotel the restaurant was over flowing with Sicilian mama’s & papa’s and young beautiful people. What struck me most was everyone’s inadvertent sense of instinctive style (barring a few men both young and old in trousers that were a little too tight for my taste.)

However the message isn’t style over comfort, it’s a message that suggests style equals respect, and it’s not hard to achieve. For example on an evening out, Sicilian women will wear feminine peep-toe wedges while back in Britain ladies torture themselves with towering platformed catwalk stilettos.

The proud nature of Sicilians meant that there was an air of confidence instillied in each person we met. It is simply custom that in Sicily the house is always right and the customer falls in line and appreciates this.

Here are my favourite pictures taken on a modest disposable camera:

View from the hotel restaurant at dusk

Mummy & I at the annual vintage Cinquecento obstacle race outside the hotel

The bay at Castellamare del Golfo

Fishing boats at Castellamare

Roaming the alley's of Palermo

Daddy beaming at Castellammare

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