Day 5: La Samana

Day 4: was started off by us rushing for breakfast. One of the joys of vacation is not putting an alarm , though sleepy heads like us can really sleep 10 hours straight! We made it ( barely) and then I went for a site inspection. The villas here surpass any villa hotel properties thatContinue reading “Day 5: La Samana”

Day 5- Florence , here we come! :)

Santa Croce church was our meeting point after a breakfast feast. We went to a leather and mosaic factory. The mosaic art was created in the 16 th century by the Medici family. It was used as inserts in panels , table tops etc. They use beeswax to join these pieces together. They start withContinue reading “Day 5- Florence , here we come! :)”

Day 4-leaving Sicily -seeing Catania on route to Florence

We checked out at 8 am and drove to the province of Catania, Acitrezza. There are these rocks Fragollinis jutting out on the ocean which according to legend used to be Mt. Etna.the best fish restaurants of this part of Sicily are here. Acicastello is the next town. It had a beautiful Norman castle. NextContinue reading “Day 4-leaving Sicily -seeing Catania on route to Florence”

Sicily -Day 3

The morning started at 9 am with a site inspection of Villa Sant’Andrea. It was a private residence of a family and stayed for a century till 1950 till it was converted to a hotel. OE purchased it in 2010 and has been in renovation since. 60 rooms. 22 jr suites and suites total. TheContinue reading “Sicily -Day 3”

Day 1- Made it to Catania , heading to Taromina

Had a comfortable flight from JFK -Fco on Delta. With priority check in , boarding and lounge access it was quite wonderful. The seats were a 2-2-2 set up. It was quite nice and spacious , service was good , food as you would expect on planes , entertainment choices very disappointing. I watched ‘RumContinue reading “Day 1- Made it to Catania , heading to Taromina”