Mind Tripping..Sicily..2.0

Linda decided 1 more trip to the hot tub and pool before she called it a night.

..the bedroom is great but I’ve grabbed a couple pillows and a blanket..headed for the veranda..pulled up a recliner to sleep out here underneath the stars. The sky is amazing..a billion stars. Cat has curled up on the blanket between my legs as I lay under the stars sipping on a cognac…never had one before but fits in the fantasy. I can see the coast from here..every once and a while I can see a boats lights on the Mediterranean. Don’t get any better than this.

The reality is laying in the recliner in the living room..aching..cold feet…Cat paw pawing trying to get comfortable on top of me. Then I close my eyes.. see the millions of twinkling stars..Cat and I smell and feel the breeze off the sea..Cat and I relax and time for sleep.

Tomorrow is another day and think it’s going to be a beach day.

The sun is is starting rise out of the sea. While everyone is still sleeping..finished up Acts 27 and as I begin chapter 28….

Acts 28 New International Version (NIV)

Paul Ashore on Malta

28 Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.

There was an estate nearby that belonged to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us to his home and showed us generous hospitality for three days. His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him. When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured. 10 They honored us in many ways; and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.

Paul’s Arrival at Rome

11 After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island—it was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux. 12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days.

I realize that on his trip to Rome the Apostle Paul was shipwrecked on Malta a little south of here and as he continued his voyage he spent 3 days in Syracuse, which is about 17 miles away.

Coffee is done.. it is a lot stronger than I am used to but the fresh goats milk seems to mellow it enough to make it palatable. Even Cat is enjoying a saucer of goats milk this morning.

Who me!

Left a note that I would be back and cat and I are heading down to the beach. Laying on the dashboard Cat watches the Sicilian countryside slip by as we take the 15 minute drive to the coast. Since it is off season the beach is deserted.

With Cat on his lead..I take off my shoes walking on the edge of the water….. with Cat as far away from the water as he can get.

Now let’s get real…isn’t it better imagining your next to the water with Cat and I then the reality of this…..

I rest my case! Cat and I chase off some gulls..pick up some interesting drift wood and head back to the car..after cat digs himself a couple holes in what he thinks is the worlds biggest litter box.

We pull up to the Villa as the housekeeper is clearing Linda’s breakfast dishes. If you’re going to have a fantasy…you might as well have a staff.

After dropping Cat ..to be watched by the pool boy..Linda and I head back to the beach.

Noto Marina Beach, Sicily

Town of Noto

Spending most of the day exploring the area …relaxing..and enjoying the sunshine, headed to the Villa to get ready to head into town for dinner.

Ristorante Crocifisso Is in Noto Alta, this is Slow Food not fast food…asking the locals it is an acclaimed restaurant with an extensive wine list.

Ristorante Crocifisso is widely regarded as Noto’s best and we look forward to sampling some truly Sicilian food.

Sicilian classics such as macco di fave (broad bean purée with ricotta and toasted breadcrumbs) and casarecce alla palermitana (short handmade pasta with sardines and wild fennel) are complemented by juicy roast lamb, Marsala-glazed pork and pistachio- and sesame-crusted tuna.

One of the best restaurants we have visited.

We were told to drop by this elegant restaurant but little did we know that it boasts a Michelin Hat!

We enjoyed every bite.

Great Food

It deserves every bit of credit for winning the award. The staff are very friendly and are ever helpful. The prices are reasonable for a Michelin restaurant and the servings are decent. It’s out of the way but worth a shot! We would be back here in a heartbeat. Go for the food….food….and more food!

Time to head back to the Villa, picked up a bottle of local wine and looking forward to a quiet evening. My fantasy so I guess I can extend it another day.

Buona notte e dio vi benedica

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