Splurge in Agrigento

This is the view from our hotel room tonight. On your trip, this is where you splurge on a 5-star hotel … in Agrigento!  Here’s what you are looking at: The Temple of Concordia is named for a Latin inscription that was found on a dedication marker unearthed in the vicinity of the archaeological site–i.e.,…

Our May 2016 Tour, Day 4: Palermo’s Markets

Going to the market to purchase the day’s freshest ingredients is an institution in Sicily. On Day 4 of our May 19-31, 2016 Experience Sicily with Chef Melissa Muller tour, we’ll be exploring Palermo’s open-air, foodie’s paradises right alongside the locals. You’ll see bright yellow lemons, emerald green fennel, and wrinkled dates. You’ll smell earthy…

Temple of Harmony

The magnificent Temple of Concordia is named for a Latin inscription that was found on a dedication marker unearthed in the vicinity of the Valley of the Temples archaeological site–i.e., a marker not associated with the temple; however spirited archaeologists took the text on the marker that said something to the effect of “dedicated to…

Temple on the Ridge: Enchanting Sicily, Day 4

Agrigento’s archaeological site Valley of the Temples is 13 square kilometers. It contains eight different archaeological finds–five of which are temples. Pictured on this ridge is the outstanding Tempio della Concordia. Come tour this UNESCO World Heritage site with me this September on Day 4 of Experience Sicily’s Enchanting Sicily tour. Contact me at experience_sicily@yahoo.com…

Peace through Couscous: Enchanting Sicily, Day 2

Annually each September, San Vito Lo Capo opens its streets to the International Cous Cous Fest, a Festival of Cultural Integration. Chefs from around the globe set up shop in kiosks throughout the seaside town’s thoroughfares. I was surprised to taste Brazilian style couscous, Thai style couscous, Algerian style couscous, Moroccan style couscous, Israeli style…

The Splendid

La Zisa, which is currently open to the public as a museum, had been a residence since the 12th century when it was first constructed. Parts of it still maintain its original Moorish splendor–a good word to use because its name “La Zisa” was derived from the Arab word “al-Aziz,” meaning splendid. Throughout its history,…