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Report 1087: Sicily in February
By davidx from England, Winter 2001
Trip Description: A visit to Sicily for 13 nights in eight different places - seeing a lot but leaving plenty to see if I'm lucky enough to go again.
Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Sicily
Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Art Trip; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; Single Traveler
Page 1 of 14: General Rationale
My previous image of Sicily [Selinunte]
I had wanted to go to Sicily for ages but it's not cheap to get there from the north of England and I'm a pensioner. Pam, my wife, travels with me in the summer and I regard my winter breaks on my own as an extra, which must not consume too much of our budget.
This was the exception that proves the rule. My aunt had died in the late Autumn of 2000 and I had been heavily occupied as a beneficiary and executor trusted with making a number of bequests not specified in the will but by letter. When I had finished that, I felt justified in having a special break.
I flew to and from Catania, starting in Manchester. I'd decided to travel around the island in a clockwise direction, with some quick visits inland and I thought 13 nights would be enough for anything I wanted to do - FOOL! I only booked the first two nights at Siracusa, thinking (rightly this time) that I should be able to find accommodation in February.
Was this slow travel? Perhaps not really. I think I have become a slow traveller by inclination only when I go on my own, just as I have now to accept being a walker only in spirit. Since I had severe heart problems in 1995, I find I get miserable if I stay in one place long enough to feel it imperative to do serious walking (not long in my case.)
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