The first part of the story ended when I was in the island's capital - Palermo. Our next destination was Agrigento with its famous Valley of temples - an archeological site showing what remained of the ancient city of Akragas and its 10 temples. As we travelled by car, we had an opportunity to stop wherever and whenever we wanted. That's how we found a small pearl - a medieval city of Caccamo.
As everywhere in Sicily, the best thing you can do while being to a beautiful place like Caccamo, is to have a cup of coffee and something sweet. For me Sicily has the best sweets in the world.
Unlike Agrigento, that is rather modern and doesn't make a good impression, the temples are beautiful. As the site is big, a lot of time and walking is required. We spent there more than 2 hours and still it wasn't enough. If it wasn't for the wind, dust and crowds of people, I could spend there whole day. Most of the temples are just ruins, while the temple of Concordia is preserved almost in its original shape. Happily unlike the Acropolis in Athens there are no scaffoldings.
It was nice to discover there this ancient-like sculpture made by fameous Polish sculpturer Igor Mitoraj.
From Agrigento we headed to the "Scala dei Turchi" (Stairs of the Turks), very picturesque white limestone cliffs. As you can see on the pics water is not very transparent there as it contains the material the cliffs are made of and the clear blue sea water starts many meters away of the shore.
Our final destination was a beautiful city of Castellammare del Golfo where we spent almost 4 days sunbathing, swimming, sightseeing and of course eating, before we went back home. The city itself is very cosy, not polluted with too many tourists and chinese souvenirs.
Something special for Nechus - a Sicilian dog sleeping in the middle of the street. We've checked every time when we passed there if he was alive and in the evening saw him walking from one restaurant to another, so he was fine.
I've already written here about sicilian sweets. There are plenty of them, but once more I fell in love with cannoli, a kind of wafer "pipe" filled with sweet ricotta cheese. Hard to describe their taste, you need to try!
Our city seen from the nearby mountain while on our way to famous (and totally not worth going to) San Vito lo Capo.
Only 20 km from Castellammare is one of the best preserved ancient Greek (almost whole island has once been the most important Greek colony called Magna Graecia - The Great Greece) temples - Segesta. It requested just a short ride, so we couldn't miss it as it really is worth seeing.
Time to say goodbye to wonderful Sicily and Castellammare and go to the airport. Let's say goodbye with a decent pizza and sicilian wine.
Trapani airport is situated just a few meters from the sea. we arrived early, so instead of staying in a small and boring airport, we went to the nearby beach for the last mediterranean views and some spotting.
The airport itself doesn't look bad at first but then you discover it to be very small - a fact that in the very peak of the summer season in August must make it totally crowded.
Small arrivals hall
Airport's patron hidden in a corner with fire extinguisher
Arrivals and departures (99% Ryanair)
Check-in. Must say it was quick and the staff was polite. The told us not to worry about the bag weight… are we really flying Ryanair?
The scurity check was also very fast and everyone was smiling there. I wish more security controllers were like this. In the airside of the terminal there are just a few gates, one quite big souvenir shop and one cafe/bar. Wondering how the Etna explosion looks like? I still have at home a mixture of spices brought from Sicily 3 years ago and called "Kill your mother-in-law". I suppose it must be more or less the same.
The gates area
My gate - number 7
Boarding to Cagliari
And finally our walk to the aircraft and boarding by the aft doors
This time we fly a typical older B737-800 with bigger and more comfortable seats.
The safety card and the legroom
View from my seat
Finally we speed up for take off
and head towards the sea
The city of Trapani and Mount Erice
Passing by the San Vito lo Capo at the very edge of the peninsula that looks nice from above and on almost every picture but when you go there, you see just crowds of people
And then it's just getting darker and darker. I have to admit a very strong part of the flight was the crew - young, energetic, friendly and in a good mood, despite being already some hours at work.
These olive crakers became puffed as a result of the pressure difference, when we landed they came back to their initial condition
Welcome back to the dark and rainy Modlin
At least the rain finishes as we deboard the aircraft so we won't get totally wet as on our way to Sicily
Waiting for the bag. I would cry like a baby if my olive oil, home made pasta, sundried tomatoes and other sicilian specialties that made our suitcase so heavy got lost. Happily the bag arrives intact.
So that's it. Time for some colder and more wet climate for the next couple of months :(
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Trapani - TPS
Warsaw - WMI
TPS is a typical small low cost airport with very friendly and relaxed staff. Ryanair for me is like a shuttle bus that offers only the essentials with definitely the lowest possible level of joy of flying. However the crew was a big and postive surprise.
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