Ten Things to be Thankful for in Sicily

November 22, 2012

Here are a few of my favorite things in Sicily, and what I’m thankful for.

Young chefs-in-training in Catania, Sicily, copyright Jann  Huizenga

Laundry on the line in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Dirt on onions in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Stone fountain in Southeast Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Man on bench in Southeast Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Sicilian brioscia, copyright Jann Huizenga

Beach in Southeast Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Espresso bar in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Fruit market in Vizzini, Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Bowl of Sicilian granita & gelato, copyright Jann Huizenga

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42 comments to Ten Things to be Thankful for in Sicily

  • Your pictures are so beautiful, thank you for sharing! I have never been to Sicily but love Italy for many reasons you mention, the food, the sun, the old stones… It holds a special place in my heart.

  • I would like to add a couple of my own, if I may:
    11. Gelato in a sweet bun for breakfast.
    12. Sheep/cows in the middle of the road.

  • Makes me want to get right on a plane today! Grazie. So many memories of this and last summer in Sicily.

  • Gorgeous photos. You’ve picked a great selection of things Jann. I’d love to make it to Sicily one day to experience all it has to offer.

    • Jann

      Cathy, as an Italophile, you must come to Sicily–you know the famous line from Goethe: “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.”

  • each one a gem and together Italy shines brightest.
    like the spokes on a wheel, if one were missing the whole would not work…
    beautiful Jann and a delight first thing in the morning!!
    ciao lisa

  • And what I am grateful for in Sicily is you creating your beautiful blog!

  • Jann, you’ve done it again! Those two in your first photo look like cousins of mine! And the laundry looks just about like something my mom hangs outside! I love it when I see something familiar here, and you do a great job of making me feel connected!

    • Jann

      Debbie–when are you going to visit???? There’s a whole island of people who look just like your cousins and townfuls of flapping laundry.

  • Lucy caithness

    Now I just want to go back there and have me one of those delicious granitas……..

    • Jann

      Such a perfect summer breakfast, don’t you think? (It took me a while to get into gelato and granita for breakfast, but now I’m sold.)

  • And I bet you could have just kept on going too Jann. I love the espresso shot and the men on benches. Two of my favourite things in Italy too, come to think of it!! Such beautiful images, full of sunshine and everyday life lived as it should. Brava!

  • These make me laugh, esp men on benches ! Ciao, narelle

  • Lise

    I see you are thankful for “La Dolce Vita”, acknowledging life’s simple pleasures and the rewards they give us.

    • Jann

      Lise-I think you’ve perfectly summarized what I was getting at in these photos–I didn’t realize it, but yes, it’s la dolce vita!!! Mille grazie. 🙂

  • Charlie

    HI Jann, Have not posted comments on here in months. Life has been hectic here in the USA/NY with Sandy and family member medical issues. Thanks for reminding all of us that the simple things in life are those things we should be most thankful for. Nothing better than smiles! Charlie

    • Jann

      Ciao Charlie–it’s great to have you back! I’m sorry for your Sandy & other troubles… Yes, let us not take the little joys of life for granted. They’re some compensation for the big whammies.

  • Linda

    Your posts are a reminder to always look on the sunny side of life. Even if my road to the house has collapsed and the new doors are 3 months late and the new scaldabagno is defective I can look at the latest post and forget it all!

    • Jann

      Hi Linda–good to hear from you! Your road collapsed???? Sheesh…. Hope it gets fixed soon. Boy, do I understand the frustration of those late doors and defective scaldabagno. Grrr!!! Glad this post helps you forget those aggravations, if even for a minute! 🙂

  • Thank you for showing us lovely Sicily…..of course I love the undies…..and the fountain….and the espresso…everything really.

    • Jann

      🙂 Maybe my next project should be a photo book of undies on the line. I love all that stuff, and I know you do too.

  • John Schinina

    Ciao Jann, Before reading your blog I make an Expresso in prepration for the Smiles on the faces, to the Fruit in the Market and the beauty thats coming. That Granita in the bowl, looks delicous, I suspect it’s Lemon Granita with Panna, but what is the other ingredient, looks like a Fig Jam. Anyway as always never stop sending your wonderful and interesting blog.

    • Jann

      John, it’s so good to hear from you. And you’re TROPPO GENTILE to say you make an espresso before reading my blog. Ha ha. There is almond and chocolate granita in that bowl, and if I remember correctly, also a scoop of gelato. You know where I took that picture? In the breakfast room of the San Domenico Palace Hotel in Taormina. My husband and I treated ourselves last Christmas. They have the MOST AMAZING breakfast ever. All sorts of Sicilian delights–from fresh ricotta to granita to eggs with pancetta to home-made jams of every sort. Amazing view and ambience and worth every single euro. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  • Angelo Milo

    Was in the Sicilia Orientale last September and saw all that and more. More? Rhymes with ‘amore’…aint’t it so. I have to go back every two years or I get the shakes. Snowflakes predicted here in Ottawa, Canada come Monday. Belated Happy Thanksgiving to you and followers.

    • Jann

      Angelo–you put a big smile on my face!! First, it’s so great to hear from OTTAWA. And I can identify with the “shakes” thing. Sicily has that calming, happy effect on you when you get too caught up in the rat race that is North America. 🙂

  • Sam

    We all react to different images; I see your cafe table photos and want to book a flight over right away!

  • Ahhhh, I appreciate the things you are thankful for.

    “Men on benches.” Oooo, My, Heart!

    And I am absolutely, totally thankful for YOU, Jann. Xxx Many kisses from Minnesota.

    • Jann

      Thank you Kim. Blowing kisses back to you way up north in (snowy???) Minnesota. (At least it’s snowy there in my mind…)

  • My cousin called the men on benches…”Uomini senza Moglie” The watch the world go by and solve all the problems of the world!

  • pienamente d’accordo Jann…e non sorprenderti se sono le stesse cose che io adoro qui…anche se Sicula Sugnu

  • Charlie

    And I am thankful for my slice of Sicily in your posts. They let me relive my all to short time spent there last year.

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