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Favignana, the first time to the Egadi islands

Thanks a lot to Mohamad al Karbi who invited me to post my travel diary on his page

September 13, 2016 – The alarm clock is at four, but after the journey to Bergamo, the flight Bergamo-Trapani with Ryanair, a little ‘transfer and the hydrofoil, we arrive in Favignana to the village Punta Longa at lunchtime. The place is very cozy, a few little houses in the green overlooking the sea.

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For a first exploration in the area we stop to eat in a small kiosk right on the rocks. The choice of dishes is not exciting, the bill is salty. We taste the sea of ​​the beautiful bay of Marasolo, where the colors of the water have all the shades of blue, then we try to reach Cala Azzurra by bike, but it is too far. We go to the village of Favignana to make some food purchases, and we return in the evening for dinner in La Lampara restaurant: abundant portions, quality a little disappointing.

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The Deceptive Eye

We all know that our eyes can be deceptive. Most of the time, we see what we want to see …  until someone points us toward the truth.

“No, that’s not possible,” I told my friend on our visit to Florence, Italy.

“Oh, my dear, but it is. They mastered it well during the Renaissance.”

“But it’s a sculpture.”

“Nope. It’s flush with the wall. It’s all paint.”

That’s when I realized I was a neophyte to the art of Trompe l’oeil.

Classical Trompe loeil

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Lovely Lucca

Lucca is one of my favourite cities in Italy. One of the things I like most is that it is still a living Italian city. While many tourists visit Lucca, Italians still live and work here making a visit a true Italian experience.

A great place to join the locals in on the incredible wall that circles the city. The oldest parts of the wall are 500 years old and it is left from the days when Lucca was in a strategic position in the squabbles between Florence and Pisa. The 4.2 kilometre wall was once surrounded by a moat.

These days there is a walking path around the top of the wall. Huge plane, tiglio and chestnut trees provide shade in the warm months. Walk, ride a bike or sit and watch the world go by.

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