Sicilian Charm (Part 2)

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Highly recommended in Sicily is exploring – be curious and lead with your nose! This intoxicating destination has views, architecture and floral delights in abundance at every twist and turn that you simply must investigate.

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Therefore leaving our base station at Catania behind we engaged the exceptional services of our tour guide, namely Sebastiano Melita, proprietor of  Sicily With Sebastian. Personable and charming, as only a Sicilian named Sebastiano can be, he entertained and informed us with local details whilst the pristine mini-bus wended its way along the intoxicating coastline to Taormina.

Winding roads opened up views that can only be described as mesmerising, making the journey a highlight of it’s own. The sun glinted across calm water over the bay, lighting up azure tones resplendent against the lush backdrop of verdant hills. Our colourful day of adventure was only just beginning!DSC04703

Taormina is snugly set into the hillside, elevated above a horseshoe bay, gazing out over distant Mount Etna, fields, hills, farmhouses and villages: on a clear day the view just goes on and on. The town is quaint, immaculate and delicately picturesque. Obviously its a big tourist pull, due to the cute factor, so I’d imagine in high season it is bustling to the max. However we were lucky that on a warm Saturday in late Spring it was gently swaying with pedestrians and tourists, inhaling the irresistible charm.

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Welcoming cafes and restaurants throng the Corso Umberto and spidering alleyways, all with a charm of their own, exhibit even more. Pre-lunch delicious aromas drifted in the warm air with a heady scent of gorgeousness. Everything about Sicily seems to play heavily on the senses, certainly food always smells amazing there!

Stop for relaxed coffee on the terrace of the Grand Hotel and you’ll be guaranteed the experience of a lifetime.

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Step back into days gone by of white gloved waiters, chequerboard floors and silver sugar tongs. Frothy coffee in delicate porcelain, floral etched cups, mini-sweet treats served on impeccable basamento della torta and a view you could never tire of.

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View from Grand Hotel Terrace

A true classic gem providing a haven of cool tranquillity and venerable ambience in this busy town. Wander through the nearby botanic gardens; immaculate with carefully planted arches of delicate shrubs giving shaded relief in the midday sun and take in more views the defy worthy superlatives.

Amble amongst the myriad of shops offering endless souvenirs mixed with stunning leather goods, neat lacework, bright designer items and the quintessential pasta assortments. One delightful local store worth visiting is Il laboratorio Dell’Arte Taormina. From exquisite ceramics to delicately homemade lemon soaps, this little treasure has a treat for everyone; especially if you are frantically seeking gifts as proverbial holiday to home offerings.

Lunch at Granduca did not disappoint. A modest entrance, that must have seen a wealth of customers over many years, opened to a stairwell belying what awaited us.

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Granduca view from the terrace

Walking through the main restaurant, the shaded terrace with panoramic view over the whole bay stops you in your tracks. Picturesque, tranquil and simply beautiful – this is a recommended spot to enjoy after exploring and shopping excursions.

Crisp white table linen, wine chilled to perfection in capacious glasses and a delightful breeze from the sea lifted heat-weary spirits – moreover the food to come was sublime. Homemade pasta, just as mama makes it, al dente to perfection, with seafood to make your soul smile. Clams in delicate broth, local sardines barbecued yet moist, grilled fish from the boats that morning – flavours so erudite the chef practically danced on your tastebuds.

Replete yes, but always a space for something sweet, you cannot leave Taormina without a visit to one of the delicious Gelataria’s to sample creamy-heaven. O’Sciality  did not disappoint in flavour nor portion – some of the best ice cream I have ever tasted – lipsmackingly delicious!

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Sebastiano was reinstated for info-duties as we travelled to the next DSC04780instalment of our adventure towards Mount Etna; who was kindly sending out smoke plumes to signal our arrivalAs Europe’s highest and most active volcano it is basically awe-inspiring to get close to something so naturally unpredictable. With soil rich in nutrients due to fallen ash, farming is exceptionally productive and vineyards thrive.DSC04805

Our stop here was at the renowned Planeta Vineyard, nestled in Etna’s foothills set in a juxtaposed landscape of lush vegetation and stark larva rock. Met by a charming Planeta guide we were first given a comprehensive vineyard tour, hearing about soil, production schedules, variety of crops and grape picking – it was fascinating!DSC04796

Afterwards tasting a selection of their premium wines and learning about matching for occasion and cuisine was really personal, as though chosen members of an elite club. An added bonus was the olive oil tasting afterwards: who knew flavours varied so much from different methods of production. It was truly  fascinating to explore the origin to creation of both wine and oil – and indeed delectable to sample! (if visiting do purchase and bring home if you can, it is absolutely worth it!)

So our time in Taormina was done and Hotel Romano beckoned for more delicious Prosecco to start the night off – well how better could you possibly end such an accomplished day?

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Sicilian Charm (Part 1)

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Arriving in Sicily was the start to a fascinating trip that I really had not fully anticipated. I’m not quite sure what I had expected, but the sheer happy days of meeting warm locals, taking in incredible views and indulging in some mouthwatering food clearly outline the signature trademarks of this captivating island.

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Flying into Catania, the rooftops reflecting warm hues of terracotta against verdant hills, captured the essence of our weekend ahead. Smiling locals and a relaxed vibe at the airport paved the way for soaking up this vibrant city and it’s surrounds, abundant with simple treasures for our voyage of discovery!

Hotel Romano House, a relaxed 15 minute taxi drive from the airport (approx 25€) and hidden within the winding streets, was an oasis of contemporary chic. Sophisticated and welcoming, this hotel is central, immaculate and unfeasibly cool. You only have to check out the eye catching ceiling lights in the funky bar to realise you are in the presence of uber-mod meets elegance! Rooms are the same, definitively simplistic, yet with all you need, giant shower heads, mattresses with perfection etched in their souls and of course quirky lighting to further enhance the chic appeal. Breakfast is a veritable feast – the Sicilian oranges delicately sliced to within an inch of their lives were some of the most delicious I have ever tasted. Scrumptious pastries winked at us from the abundant spread of local fare; ideal with the rich, aromatic coffee on tap. Evening drinks, served with huge aplomb, ensured the regional Prosecco was chilled to perfection and served by wonderful bar staff.

A two minute stroll from the hotel, the local market stretches out beyond your wildest dreams. It appeared never-ending, with sections of glorious wares displayed in a myriad of styles, ready to catch your eye and for the stall holder to entice you for a nifty barter. The beautiful fresh produce simply astounded me and was a true feast for the eyes; never have I had the pleasure to see such giant fruit and veggies in the most incredible condition. Certainly not something you’d find in the local supermarket back in the UK…..dream on!

No wonder all Sicilian Mamas are up with the lark, basket at the ready to fill with a charge of sublime produce to feed the family. This daily shopping ritual keeps it real and also ensures the freshest ingredients are consumed, this has to be the true way to follow the Mediterranean diet. Regional cheeses beckoned us with their creamy succulence, aubergines glinted in the sunlight and a rich scent of olive oil and herbs wafted on the breeze. Living in Sicily must be a pure pleasure from simply a gastronomic perspective.

Read more in post 2 coming soon!

 

 

 

 

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Fun & Tostadas….

May in Brighton is a lively month with the advent of The Fringe. Enthusing all festival goers with a sense of alternative experience, it’s a great opportunity to get out and about, enjoy the quirky, unusual and often chaotic fare on offer! This phase of tangible madness lasts only a month (6th May to 5th June) so get a move on to join upcoming frivolities!

With a view to some laughter and possible cringe-moments, myself and four friends hit the Revolution pop-up venue on Brighton seafront, near the Volks Railway to encounter Comedy in the Dark.  Interestingly enough the “dark” didn’t quite hit the spot and wasn’t dark enough, which launched a wave of hilarity among the audience on viewing the second act. Not wanting to spoil this for any future “dark-goers” it involved scant clothing and a furry animal – just use your imagination (we did). Needless to say the show was a mix of quipping one-liners, amusing anecdotes and a few head in hands stingers! Typical of the Brighton Fringe scene – fun melange of unusual venue, left field theme and a host of out-there individuals!

Emerging to a beautiful sunset over Brighton Pier was indeed food for the soul…..and thinking of that – restaurant o’clock.

Wahaca, the new Mexican squeeze in town, is a refreshing venue ringing out a high energy vibe and funky interior. Happy, welcoming staff, cocktails to get your taste-buds tingling plus food that will make your tummy smile. Linger in the bar or challenge your team to table football pre-munch, then embrace the comprehensive and inventive menu -it will not disappoint! Sharing is caring and streetfood portions for a group offer everyone a choice of mouthwatering Wahaca fare. Overall a simply delicious experience that needs to be regularly repeated – its highly recommended!

 

Car & Keys Combined

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You’re on island time now!

Leave vibrant Cuban influence and glamorous South Beach behind in buzzing Miami and join Highway 1 where you can expect a drive packed with sensory overloads in natural beauty and the opportunity for oh-so-many activity stops!
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The so-called Overseas Highway is an engineering phenomenon, extending over incredible expanses of water, with the Atlantic to your left and the Gulf to your right.
Boasting some of the most fascinating scenery in the state, time spent in Key Largo will ensure refreshed senses in this the dive capital of the world; home to the wreck of the famous Spiegel Grove at Dixie Shoal and a veritable divers’ treasure chest.
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Dinner beside the outdoor firepit at waterside restaurant Skipper’s Dockside for some mouth-watering conch chowder, celebrated key lime pie combined with local entertainment comes highly recommended.
Nearby go to Tavernier and access the Conch Reef, one of the best and most popular drift dives on the Keys. Other sites where the underwater world teems with colourful fish are Hens & Chickens, Pickles and Alligator Reefs!
Visit the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum in Islamorada, where youcan try on antique equipment and see diving machines from the 1700s! At Hawks Cay visitors havethe wonderful opportunity to interact with dolphins in the water and after why not take time out for a legendary lobster Reuben sandwich at Keys Fisheries Market and Marina?
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Drive on to Looe Key, possibly the most popular dive and snorkel destination in the lower Keys due to some dramatic underwater topography: coral reefs rise from the sea bed into underwater banks jam-packed with lobster and moray eels.
If you are looking for a fabulous beach experience, head to Bahia Honda State Park to enjoy the lavish sand oceanfront or, for some back-country paradise, go to the Sugarloaf Lodge Resort overlooking the secluded mangrove lined bay of Sugarloaf Sound and complete with a private airstrip.
Famed for Ernest Hemmingway, art galleries and gingerbread-style houses, Key West is a perfect final journey point. Venture to Tower Bar at Turtle Kraals, take a seat on the 2nd floor, order a Key West Sunset and soak up the distinct vibe with a phenomenal sunset.
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Relax & Unwind

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The Caribbean islands epitomize what many believe is the ultimate yacht charter destination; home to some of the most beautiful places on earth. You are guaranteed breath-taking tropical islands, swaying palm trees and fascinating coral reefs galore. The climate is warm and welcoming with gentle winds, encouraging that special rum cocktail overlooking the sea at sundown. This combination makes sure the Caribbean islands are at the top of so many people’s go-to list. To be honest, wherever you go in the Caribbean, you are guaranteed to find the perfect island that fits the bill. Each group has its own distinctive characteristics – there are subtle differences but each has unique appeal.  With great international transport links across the majority of the islands it means that it has become a breeze!

In the Bahamas take time to take a trip over to Pig Island, or Big Major Cay as it’s official name. Being blessed with a natural water spring and gaining shelter from neighbouring islands, pigs swim happily in the sea and sunbathe on the white sands! Thought to have been introduced to the island by passing sailors, they have set up home very happily here and are regularly fed by passing boat crews.

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Beautiful Grenada is known as the Spice Island. Main exports are nutmeg and mace, supplying around 20% of the world’s market together with vanilla, clove, cinnamon and ginger. The intoxicating fragrance of spices seems to linger in the air wherever you go.

Everybody has an opinion on who makes the best rum cocktail, of course, but a Killer Bee from Sunshine’s in Nevis is a sure candidate. It’s made from a very secret recipe that seems to include rum, oh and more rum!

Why not go diving in crystal clear waters to explore one of the world’s most famous shipwrecks, the Royal Mail steamship, “Rhone” off Salt Island; featured in the movie The Deep. She sank in the area in 1867 and was one of the first propeller driven vessels – apparently, according to recent divers, the huge propeller is still intact!

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Within just a 37-square-mile dual-sovereignty area there is an island of two halves – St Maarten is Dutch and St Martin is French. Abundant with tempting beaches, outstanding restaurants and enticing shopping, amazingly enough there are 17 casinos – all based on the Dutch side!

Can you feel the sun on your face and the sand beneath your feet yet?

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Culture, Music and Cigars in Cuba

Without visiting you cannot anticipate the allure of Cuba: it is too daring, too contradictory, and despite years of casual abandon, far too appealing. Perhaps it is the exciting history, maybe some incorrigible essence, or the unfaltering energy that echoes off walls and springs ardently from it’s people. Arrive with an open mind and get ready to slowly fall in love with Cuba.

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Visiting Cuba is almost like stepping back in time, a country currently undergoing change, but for the moment still the Cuba of our imaginations.  Beautiful, rich in history and culture, time worn but dignified, economically poor but friendly and, at times, frustrating, Cuba should always be appreciated as she is.

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Located 90 miles off the coast of Key West, Florida, Cuba is the largest of the Caribbean island nations. Neighboured by the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Haiti, Cuba covers some 44,200 miles. The diverse landscape features undulating farmland, rugged mountains, urban metropolises, charming colonial villages and some impressive white sand beaches. Cuba’s population is rich in variation, with 11.2 million residents. Despite its native roots, the most profound effects on Cuban culture are the result of European, African and North American influences.

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The island is divided into 15 provinces and one special municipality, Isla de la Juventud. Some notable areas of Cuba include rural Piñar del Rio, where tobacco farming continually adds to economic impetus. Then there is the seaside town of Santiago de Cuba, actually the country’s second largest city next to Havana and overflowing with colourful Afro-Cuban inspiration. Not to forget very colonial Trinidad, a quiet town that is a nominated UNESCO world heritage site cushioned between imposing mountains and the sparkling sea.

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Getting around Cuba is not for the faint hearted and travelling with a local guide is highly advised. The roads whilst almost empty are not always in great condition away from the main cities and there are often few sign posts along the route. Getting lost is almost inevitable but if you do happen to venture inland, lose your way and speak a little Spanish, the friendly locals will always try to help you!

The old American cars from the 50’s and 60’s are everywhere, especially in the larger towns, whilst in the countryside and poorer villages, horse and cart still seems to be the most popular mode of transport.

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In Havana let loose your imagination; stroll the oceanside Malecón boulevard and feel sea water tingle on your skin as the waves crash on the walls. You may hear guitars and voices harmonizing over a hypnotic drum rhythm or notice sunlight slanting across peeling paintwork. You will encounter tourists sporting Hemingway-esque beards and often a glimpse of Che Guevara on a billboard.

Havana Town is a must and is best seen on foot over a couple of days to experience the colonial style buildings, musicians, open-air bazaars and wonderful atmosphere.  Pop in to the Floridita Bar in Havana Town, an old haunt of Hemingway, for a refreshing Daiquiri and some live music. The rum museum is an interesting tour, remarking the history of rum-making in Cuba from sugar cane to distillery and of course there is an opportunity to sample and buy at the end of the tour.  Cigars are one of the island’s most iconic exports and during your time in the city you can visit a factory to discover how they are produced, with of course the opportunity to buy some famous Cuban cigars.

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If you’re keen on nature and want to get away from the hustle of city life, visit the Topes de Collantes nature reserve. The drive up to the park beautiful, taking you through traditional Cuban villages and up in to the Escambray Mountains. The highlight of the park is definitely the El Nicho waterfalls and the absolutely crystal clear pools; simply perfect for a refreshing dip. Do note that the climb up to the waterfall is a little steep and uneven in parts so you need to be-sure footed.

Sancti Spíritus, the colonial town of Trinidad, is definitely worth a visit. After walking the cobbled streets, with locals selling souvenirs of Cuba from front rooms converted into little shops, or visiting local attractions, you may be ready for a visit to La Canchanchara bar, where they serve the traditional drink of the same name made from rum, lime and honey.

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Santa Clara, is located in Cuba’s heartland and the site of a decisive battle of the Revolution won by Che Guevara and his contemporaries in 1958. The Plaza de la Revolución hosts Che Guevara’s monument, vast mausoleum and museum. Here you can learn all about the life of this much revered Cuban revolutionary icon.

Excellent dive sites are numerous in Cuba. A tip would be to focus on the area you want to dive rather than trying to cover multiple locations. Most notable are the Jardines de Reina, María la Gorda and the Isla de la Juventud; are all fairly isolated so good pre-planning is essential. The more sheltered south coast probably has better water clarity and more dependable weather, though the north coast, offers easy access to one of the world’s largest reefs, the choice is yours.

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A great visit is to Playa Giron, which is more famously known as the Bay of Pigs.  There is a great diving area and it is charmingly picturesque sitting on the beach soaking up the relaxed atmosphere. To see more of this underwater world, view some footage here.

Cuba has so much to offer visitors, it has something for everyone – a place to explore, enjoy, relax and experience.

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Sea awareness

heart-996157_1280The world’s oceans offer us a wealth of diverse treasures both above, on and below the water. Taking this for granted to survive alone is unfortunately no longer enough, so great thought and responsibility has to come from us in caring for our seas. The statistics uncovered can be shocking, but  this is the only way to build true awareness.

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– Already, the Earth’s reefs have declined by an unbelievable 40% worldwide, and a large proportion of those remaining are not in good condition. Coral reefs house a quarter of the ocean’s fish, so this is severe data.

– Coral reefs live only in clean, clear water, and our pollution is making it difficult for them to survive. Also, rising sea temperatures hurt the coral, making them more vulnerable to bleaching, which drains their colour and causes them to die.

– Furthermore, warmer sea temperatures are causing species to migrate to cooler areas, a transition which many creatures do not survive.

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– Additionally, we release Carbon dioxide and power plant emissions into the air. The ocean absorbs 30% of Carbon dioxide emissions, causing it to become more acidic which leads to malfunctions in fish and coral growth, and power plant emissions release toxic mercury into the air which settles in the ocean.   This mercury is slowly being absorbed by sea creatures, which means that eventually sea life could be harmful to eat. This would be serious as it currently amounts to a large majority of human-kind’s diet.

One area of debris is so bad, it has landed the title ‘the Great Pacific Garbage Patch’. This ‘dump’ is situated in the North Pacific Ocean, and is actually made up of smaller patches of tiny pieces of plastic, so small they’re often not visible to the human eye, but are no less harmful to the wildlife around them.   There is a lot of speculation as to the size of this ‘patch’, many reports suggesting it is as big as Texas! Although it’s difficult to be sure, we know it is extensive and must stop growing – indeed, any size is too big and unacceptable.

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The ocean provides us with endless opportunities and excitement, discovery and relaxation, food and jobs, and most importantly, over half of the oxygen we breathe (due to oceanic plants). Surely, the very least we can do is give a little something back?

Here are few simple ways in which we can help our ocean to restore and thrive-

+ Use less disposable plastic products:

Often, disposable plastic products end up in the ocean, and this is a major cause for the destruction of wildlife, such as entangling and killing marine life. This also happens with abandoned fishing equipment- known as ‘ghost fishing’, when sea-life gets tangled in disused nets. Also, sea-life is in danger of eating micro-plastics, for example sea turtles often mistake them for jellyfish which are their favourite food, and some other species feed them to their young thinking they’re eggs, which then ruptures the young’s internal organs or causes them to starve to death from lack of nutrients.

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Therefore, an easy way to help prevent this is by reusing bags – perhaps buy a sustainable ‘Bag for Life’ for shopping and recycle when possible. Use non-disposable water-bottles: buy a funky colour, have the size and shape you wish, protect the oceans, and even protect yourself – it’s much healthier not to drink from thin, disposable plastic!

+ Be tidy at the beach:

When you leave the beach, simply taking all of your rubbish with you/disposing of it can make a huge difference to the environment. If you’re feeling really environmental, perhaps carry out your ‘good deed of the day’ by tidying up the rubbish of someone less eco-friendly, who didn’t bother.

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Support charities and organisations – get involved:

A little goes a long way. Perhaps give back to the ocean by donating to a conservation charity of your choice, or get involved with some volunteering. Look out for events such as ‘pick-up-parties’ in which you can help the environment by cleaning up the beach, but also just enjoy a day out by the sea, meeting some new people, having a chat and doing a good deed. Some time and effort is the most precious gift you can contribute:

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+ Try to avoid chemical-based sun cream:

The chemicals in such sun creams can damage the ocean in a variety of ways, one of the main ones being that it elicits a virus in algae which causes it to explode. This may not seem like a big deal, but in reality, algae is a vital part of the ocean. For example, without algae, coral cannot survive.

Jersey Kids All Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30 is safe for the whole family, including babies, as it is both skin and ocean friendly, using only natural products like jojoba and shea butter, as well as zinc oxide to make it sun-safe.

Sunology Natural Sunscreen For Body, SPF 50 is another favourite. It is eco-friendly and not just skin friendly but skin helpful! It contains ingredients which aid skin-health and don’t block pores.

 

And perhaps look to buy more eco-friendly products: Just a little research before purchasing products can ensure you are being environmentally friendly

+ Avoid buying items that exploit marine life:

These include coral jewellery, tortoise shell products such as hair slides, starfish ornaments, and notably shark products which can be found in cosmetics like lipsticks, leather goods, and even in pet food! So, read the labels, and choose from the huge range of products which do not include these.

+  Enjoy the ocean life with your eyes and camera only:

When swimming, snorkelling or diving, try not to disturb ocean life, as this can affect it in negative ways. Also, do not take any part of the ocean home, but leave it in its natural environment- ‘take photos not mementos!’

This is a task that we must all get involved in to make a difference and keep the ocean healthy, so that everyone can continue to enjoy it. The future of the oceans is now in our hands.

 

 

The Egadi Islands, Sicily

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The Egadi Islands are one the most undisturbed parts of the world, with a permanent population of only 5000 people spread out across all three islands, it is still possible to explore isolated coves and bays as well as hike along the deserted mountain paths. It is the perfect place to relax in a tranquil environment.

The three islands, Favignana, Marettimo and Levanzo are located off the coast of Trapani (western Sicily). There are a few places of interest such as the Fort of Santa Caterina on the island of Favignana, which was originally built by the Arabs as a watchtower and then was enlarged and used as a prison by the Bourbon Kings. In addition to this there is the Grotta Del Genovese on the island of Levanzo and the Grotta del Cammello on Marettimo. These are caves containing art of the Stone Age where human messages were carved into the rock using paintings of humans and animals. Barely anyone owns a car on the islands, as they are all so small it is easy to cycle around, so the islands remain unpolluted and historic and the sea water surrounding them crystal clear. So the best way to get around is by boat!

In 241BC, the Egadi Islands were the scene of an important battle at sea called the First Punic War, between the Romans and Carthaginians, where the Romans were victorious. Remains of a Punic ship can be seen in the archaeological museum in Marsala on the main land. The name of Cala Rossa on Favignana (meaning ‘Red cove’) is said to have come from the blood of Carthaginians washing ashore.

Despite the islands being low in population there are still many places to eat as you admire the stunning views across the ocean, such as Nautilus, Sotto Sale, Il Veliero and Il Giardino Nelle Cave. The waters surrounding the islands are ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving as well as fishing.

Back in Sicily there are festivals every week and mountains to explore along with public beaches scattered across the coastline and more peaceful hidden gems. During the middle ages the Normans conquered Sicily. While they were there they built cathedrals that can be seen by the public and capture one’s imagination with vaulted ceilings and mosaic floors. There is also open road racing which takes cars speeding up into the mountain roads and all across the island. It creates excitement for visitors and attracts more and more tourists.

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Big swimmers – turtles galore!

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Ancient, endearing and intelligent, observe the gentle sea turtles in the Andaman Islands.

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are inhabited by a variety of marine cultures, but the most treasured are the sea turtles. During the winter months every year, the largest turtles in the world choose to nest here, flocking in their thousands.

Kalipur Beach in Diglipur is the only beach in the world boasting four types of sea turtle that specifically come to nest. These protected species are the Leatherback Turtle, Olive Ridley, Green Turtle and Hawksbill. From December to February they lay their eggs and local forest officials duly collect them and bury them in a completely safe location to ensure not damage and guaranteed hatching. After 45 days the babies emerge, the guards collect them for brief observation then release them into the ocean.

It is an incredible sight to see these tiny turtles independently speed across the sand towards the water and swim away, their heads just visible above the water. The officials say that the amazing thing about the babies is it’s very rare they travel back up the beach, but instinctively head for the waves! A magical experience to be part of, Andaman Islands conservation work for turtles is helping mother nature ensure these exceptional creatures are given every opportunity to thrive.

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