19 July: Summer Is Flying By

Posted from Castellammare del Golfo, Sicilia, Italy.

Since arriving in Sicily in early June we have been pretty busy.  Gill and I, based in Licata in the south, variously sailed or toured by car to try to get to know a little more about the island.  It didn’t take long to realise that it was very different from Sardinia in many ways.  The landscape combines rolling hills, valleys and sheer rock faces in a way that stimulates the senses.  But the sheer acreage of planted crops, vines, fruit trees, olives and tomatoes was  most remarkable. The history was also immediately obvious, with Greek temples adorning hilltops and with every small town frozen in time, where with eyes closed, one could imagine Romans in togas.  There is Norman architecture too, that seemed out of place until you realised how far south the Normans travelled to  make their conquests.

June was interrupted by a return to England for a few weeks for Gill to sort out some hospital appointments, so we took the opportunity to spend a week in Devon, at home, and enjoyed our garden in full bloom rather than the usual view we have of it in winter.

July came quickly and alone on Oboe, I took the opportunity to sail solo for a few days.  Heading north to the Egadi islands, Trapani and Castellammare del Golfo opened up a wonderful new cruising ground and a marine nature reserve of crystal clear water, beautiful dive sites and unspoiled, uncrowded anchorages.  This is where Oboe remains and where she has hosted my daughter Sian and family and friends – the Cameron Taylors.

This is only the beginning of our Sicilian adventure.  Whereas first impressions were of somewhere that could be seen in a very few weeks, we now understand what others have told us: “Give Sicily a month of your time and you will stay for an eternity” . . .

Nigel

James doing what James does best!

James doing what James does best!

Sian, Tommy and Emily in harmony

Sian, Tommy and Emily in harmony

Oboe close hauled and loving it

Oboe close hauled and loving it

Marie-Louise reflections

Marie-Louise reflections

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  1. The Cameron Taylors

    Oboe was an absolute joy to explore the Egadi Islands with! We hope she is looking fixed up and good as new by now after spending some time in the shipyard at Trapani. Enjoy your time on board for the rest of the season and thank you for sharing her with us – we would certainly agree that in a week spent in Sicily, we saw only a hint of its myriad charms.

    • It was a pleasure to sail with you and hope you’ll come out again soon. Oboe is receiving TLC in Trapani while we crew for friends over to Corfu, for our first look at the Greek Islands. So far very impressed.

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