Let me back up for just one sec, though, and fill you in on our down-day - Friday. The weather forecast on Friday was calling for rain as well, and we were all thinking that it might be a good idea to lay low for a day and regroup. We had laundry to catch up on and only a few quick errands to run, and by the afternoon we were on the couch watching a movie. Well, I was watching a movie. Mom was napping. But we knew Saturday would be a long day, so it actually worked out perfectly. We ate an early dinner at Alphio's - a short walk from our house - and then came back home to get ready for our trip to Agrigento.
Agrigento was incredible. I can't believe that it has taken Don, Olivia, Sienna and I this long to make it out there. From the area of the ancient ruins you can see for miles, straight out to the Mediterranean Sea. I took hundreds of photos. We spent a few hours there. We had a tour guide who spoke English and knew a lot of history, but we broke away a few times, too, just because there were so many interesting things to explore. We saw 600 year old olive trees, and Christian tombs in the old city walls.
|Temple of Juno|
|Sienna, Beeba and Olivia at the Temple of Juno|
|Don, Sienna and Kristen at the Temple of Juno|
|Temple of Juno|
|The Mediterranean Sea through the "windows" in the wall|
|Temple of Concordia|
|Olivia at the Temple of Concordia|
|Sienna disappeared on us all day. Too many cool places to explore!|
|Temple of Hercules|
After we left the ruins in Agrigento, we traveled back towards Sigonella and stopped at the Bagliesi Winery for lunch and tastings. They set out a HUGE antipasto buffet, and I was thrilled to find FRIED CAULIFLOWER. For those who might be reading and aren't familiar with my father's Italian family and their traditions, fried cauliflower is a special dish my Italian grandmother taught us all to make. After the antipasto, we ate sausage, steak, oranges dusted with pistachio, chocolate-covered strawberries and tiramisu. The winery was generous with their tastings, and were even pouring for Olivia and Sienna. The photo below of Sienna was just for fun - we were quick to claim Olivia's and Sienna's portions for our own. :)
|A photo of our antipasto when we finally remembered to break out the camera!|
|Mmm... fried cauliflower!|