My Sicilian Village: Now and Then

March 4, 2014

Here’s my beloved Piazza Duomo, with the church of San Giorgio perched atop a high staircase, her chest puffed out, proud and lovely. The piazza is our salon–it is here that we celebrate, gossip, soak in the sun, raise a glass of wine, listen to the clamor of the bells.

Piazza Duomo, Ragusa Ibla, copyright Jann Huizenga

And now a shot from days gone by. It’s from an old postcard–shot maybe 50-60 years ago? The clock appears to have been in working order back then, but other than that not too much has changed, thank goodness.

Old Postcard of Piazza Duomo, Ragusa Ibla

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One Evening in December, Sicily

December 19, 2013

Stars burn. Leaves whisper. The village is waiting for Natale, waiting for 2013 to run out.

You can sometimes catch a glimpse of a Christmas tree behind shutters. Boxes of panettone crowd out everything else in mini-markets. Poinsettias shimmer red on the piazza. But otherwise, no hoopla in the village. Just a quiet wait.

Ragusa Ibla Gardens at Christmas, copyright Jann Huizenga

Quiet Christmastime Evening in Ibla, copyright Jann Huizenga

Scooters in Ragusa Ibla, copyright Jann Huizenga

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Moonrise & the Cathedral

November 19, 2013

Somewhere deep in the heart of Sicily, there’s a moment of pure peace.

Moonrise in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

 

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Good Friday Parade

March 29, 2013

The altar boys go first.

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Then comes a fallen Jesus.

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Comes a dolorous Mary._MG_1227

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Down a long steep staircase. Balance carefully now._MG_1238

Down. Down. Down.
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Into the crowd.
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Past my little Alis market and into the night, thick with funeral song.

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Like a Gift

October 21, 2012

When I throw open the shutters in the morning, the cupola is there, like a gift.

The color of sweet latte.

It is moody, changeable, capriciosa.

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