Home Base: Villa Alemà, and Aci Sant'Antonio
Aci Sant'Antonio Travel Blog› entry 3 of 15 › view all entries
September 26th, 2009 – by: puttyland
My cousin Sevi went out with a friend, and her husband Ale (Alessandro) printed out directions from Mapquest, walked me through them in Italian (although I was too nervous about driving to try to understand), then he bundled up Anna into his car and bid me to follow him. He led me out of the city, as far as the tunnel, and then he waved me onto the autostrada as he turned off. I thought that was incredibly nice of him, because it was difficult to get through Catania if you don’t know your way. Even with the damn GPS.
Getting to the villa was not too difficult with the GPS though, even though I had to still keep pressing the button every couple of minutes to clear the battery error message, and no problem at all on the highway.
In the morning, Pop and I drove down to Catania Airport (20 mins) and picked up Liz & Mags, who were 2 days late, thanks to Alitalia. We added them as drivers to the rental car, and came back to the villa for Mom's pasta e fagioli, and we ate outside on one of the several terraces, then hung out by the gorgeous pool while the weather was still sunny. Since Dad’s been having trouble with stalling the car in busy intersections (a little nerve-wracking), I drove us (only slightly less nerve-wracking) to a waterside restaurant at Aci Sant’Antonio.
We all got up and, after taking more pictures of Mt. Etna (it changes constantly - how much it smokes, the cloud layer, etc.), we searched in vain for a supermarket. We came upon the weekly outdoor market in Aci Sant’Antonio so we immediately parked and checked it out, winding up with bags and bags of veggies, fruit, and cheeses. A lot of restaurants were closed Monday, so for dinner we wound up going to a bakery/pizza place and buying a bunch of strombolis/pizza slices/aranciata (a risotto ball with cheese and/or meat inside, coated with breadcrumb and fried) and pastries and cookies, and brought them back to the house to eat with lots of Sicilian wine. We all really like Nero D'Avola. It can be cheaper than water, so we buy the big bottles!
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