Friday, March 11, 2016

Trapani

After Monreale, we headed back to the hotel, picked up our bags, walked directly to the new bus station and took a bus to Trapani. This part of the itinerary had changed many times even when we were planning at home. Since John is under the weather, our choices became easier.

Trapani has a lot fewer tourists than Palermo. We were surprised to find that the half-a-dozen small B&Bs that were taking reservations online were completely unmanned. I felt awful that sick John had to trudge around town, but the happy ending was that we ended up in a top floor apartment in an old palazzo.

We loved Trapani. It seems such a pleasant and livable town. We saw fishermen sitting around fixing nets in the evening. The town is surrounded by water. It reminds us of Nafplio (Peloponnese, Greece). Best of all, we found popular eating places adored by local people!

One of the reasons to come Trapani is to visit the hilltop town (~750 meters) of Erice. Our landlady warned us to watch the weather, as we could easily be heading into a cloud with no chance to enjoy the spectacular views. Neither of the two days we had looked good, but Tuesday seemed better, so we took the bus up. We were under darkish clouds, but could clearly see down and around. The town of Erice seems sparsely inhabited. Not too many things were open, which was no big deal for us. However, by the time we left, the clouds had descended, visibility was about 5 meters!

Even though John wasn't 100%, we stuck with our original plan of walking the 7 kms back to town. On the way back, we had very rewarding views, but we also had every kind of weather: sun, rain, mist, fog, wind, clouds, hail, lightening, thunder, and a water spout!!! I realized Accuweather and Google weather are not adequate, and found out from our landlady that ilmeteo.it is the one to use.

Looking east from Erice.

Erice - Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Looking west with Trapani below. Check out the salt pans to the south (left). Supposedly on a very clear day, one can see North Africa form here. Tunisia is just 125 miles to the west.
Erice -Trapani, Sicily, Italy

The clouds roll in on Sun-Ling.
Erice -Trapani, Sicily, Italy

And John.
Erice - Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Erice -Trapani, Sicily, Italy

And some views from the walk down.
Erice -Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Erice -Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Trapani.
tErice -Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Erice -Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Erice -Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Twice we ate lunch at this self-service cafeteria near Piazza Vittorio Emanuele.
Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Trapani, Sicily, Italy

The Art Nouveau Post and Telegraph Office. No photos allowed inside.
Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Trapani, Sicily, Italy

The waterfront at night.
Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Some shots from around the Old Town.
Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Trapani, Sicily, Italy

3 comments:

Kathy said...

So sorry John is still under the weather. And talking about weather! Wow!

I loved Trapani and Erice, glad you got at least some view. Sounds like the tourist season has definitely not started yet.

john said...

Kathy, I'm back to 100%. I had some sort of upper respiratory ugliness - not sure if was a virus or an infection, but it's gone now - knock on wood. Thanks for your concern. -john

Sun-Ling said...

@Kathy, the tourist season might not have started for Trapani & Erice. Palermo certainly had a lot of tourists, probably also because it was a weekend.