These fall days may be gettin shorter, but their sunsets still radiate gold
Being fascinated by water lilies, somehow I felt like being connected to Monet’s world.
“A walk can exist like an invisible object in a complex world” Hammish Fulton “My work has become a simple metaphor of life. A figure walking down his road, making his mark. It is an affirmation of my human scale and senses: how far I walk, what stones I pick up, my particular experiences” Richard Long
One of the details of Palazzo Nicolaci. Nymphs?
The ceiling of Duomo di Noto is just gorgeous. Very different from what I’ve seen and I’ve seen a lot!
In Noto you are overwhelmingly consumed and surrounded by grand Baroque architecture. The first you see after the Porto Reale is Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi all'Immacolata.
When you mention Noto, locals just say wow and now that I have seen it, wow indeed.
Trip to Noto, the Baroque capital of Sicily. Its historical centre is an entire UNESCO protected heritage site.
The Duomo in Ortigia at night is very lovely.
One of the bridges that connects Ortigia to the mainland of Siracusa.
Catching that last bit of day light at the most southern tip of Ortigia, Siracusa at Castello Maniace, a fortified castle from the 13th century.
The very lush area of Ortigia.
Fontana di Aretusa is a natural fountain in Ortigia and derived from the Greek Mythology of Aretusa who transformed into the water after trying to flee from Alpheus’ advances. Virgil even wrote about her. She is the patron figure of Siracusa. This is where people enjoy the sunsets in Ortigia.
Piazza Duomo di Siracusa is a dream.
Duomo di Siracusa is quite stunning with its original origins as a Greek Temple that was built by the Normans in the Middle Ages and dedicated to Athena. It eventually was converted to a Christian church and experienced many other incarnations due to its changing rulers. The Duomo is another UNESCO protected site in Ortigia.
Ortigia is where all the pretty homes are.
Piazza Archimede with Fontana di Diana in the captivating middle. The daylight & nighttime capture.
I can’t believe that I’m staying within steps of the most ancient temple in Sicily. The Temple of Apollo is UNESCO designated protected site and was built in the beginning of 6th century. It’s quite a glorious structure.
The island of Ortigia is the oldest part of Siracusa and, walking from one end to the other, is less than 1km. Ortigia means quail because it’s apparently is shaped like one.
I wasn’t sure where to stay in Sicily until I read all the glowing enthusiasm for Ortigia. I am already charmed.
Ran away from Malta’s rain to Siracusa, Sicily. Picked the island of Ortigia to spend almost a week here. Back in Italy’s soil and the weather is looking good.
Bye, Malta. You’ve been swell except for the rain & the insufferable humidity that made me sweat uncontrollably & untamed my hair. Onwards to Sicily.
Merchants along the Valletta waterfront closed during the afternoon siesta.
A postcard from Valletta & its charming alleys of steps.
The Three Cities are older than Valletta, there’s Birgu, Senglea, & Cospicua. Birgu has existed since the Middle Ages, whereas the others were founded by the Order of St. John after the 16th century. It’s a nice few hours visit from Valletta Port.
Valletta’s fortified walls and the Upper Barracks Gardens (built in the 1590s and used by Knights for recreational activities).
The Three Cities from the Upper Barracks.
Malta weather is changing. It’s incredibly muggy and humid. I sweat standing still. 😰
Every step has a use in Valletta.
A bit of rain makes everything look rather lush.
Valletta in the rain. The ruins on the left is Malta’s Royal Opera House. I’m serious.
St. John’s Co-Cathedral, a church for the Knights of St. John. A stunning simple exterior & dramatic detailed baroque interior.
The Triton Fountain is the first thing you see to the City Gate of Valletta.
A sidewalk in Valletta where the steps are used as patio space as well.
The Bridge Bar in Valletta.
The Three Cities from Valletta Port.
The town of Rabat, meaning suburb in Arabic, & the suburb next to the medieval capital of Mdina. There are so many colourful buttresses in this neighbourhood.
A little colour amongst the gold in Mdina.