S+J in Sicily
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Happening upon a wedding in Cefalu Duomo. Before the brides's arrival on the arm of her father a choir of friends and relatives rehearsed a hallelujah chorale that the sang as the bride and her father entered. The youthful beauty of the bride, her father wearing a suit in which he didn't look comfortable, the swelling choir and the underpinning bass chords of the organ- wonderful!
What did you think of your group leader?
Salvatore was excellent- a true Sicilian with a passion for his country and a wish to share that with us. His care and attention was exemplary.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be prepared to budget a good amount for food. I feel that the trip would be improved if all food was included in a trip price. Also some places charge a tourist tax per head.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The Palermo day and the local guide was a case of over-guiding and too much information. Monorail and the Palermo cathedral were both unmissable but we appreciated the free afternoon hours to get our own flavour of Palermo. I appreciate it is a question of balance in the allocation of places and events. On our departure date we had a free full day in Taormina which upgraded our appreciation of this tourist honey-pot. We also discovered the location for a 1943 pen and ink sketch done by my wife's father whose medical dressing station was sited here after the Allied invasion of Sicily.