The terror of a city with a Medieval street plan!
Cefalu Travel Blog› entry 8 of 26 › view all entries
Once we were off the stressful and at moments terrifying roads, I thought the worst was over, oh how wrong I was. The drive into Cefalu was beautiful with the picturesque Sicilian countryside and beautiful coast. Out first views of the town were coming around a bend where we could see the marina area with the buildings of the old town jutting out on a peninsula and the large flat topped mountain (La Rocca) dominates the background. It was beautiful, but the light rain and traffic stopped us from getting a picture, that would have to wait.
We had checked the TomTom and the closest parking listed was 55km from the guest house, something had to be wrong. As we got closer to the guest house and deeper into the city’s orginal medieval streets began to narrow and sidewalks disappeared.
Once again I tried the TomTom and once again there was nothing closer than 55km away. I was still inching down a street that was getting narrower and I had a car behind me. I finally came to an point where I could see a larger street ahead of me. The trouble was the opening I had to get through! I really thought I had driven down a pedestrian only street, but the other cars were still behind me.
Once I was through the opening without having altered the structure of the car, I made a right turn.
It was now really raining hard. I had no umbrella with me and had to walk 410 meters to the guesthouse. On the way I passed the duomo. As I approached the guesthouse I noticed Brian on the balcony. I waved at him and he pointed out a parking spot in the front of the place that had opened up. I was not moving the car if I didn’t have to. He made the motions that he had tried to call, but he had my mobile in the room in one of the bags.
When I go inside I began climbing stairs and was shocked that there was no elevator, but should not have been.
Once I caught a couple of breaths and looked at the room I floored by how large it was. The view form the balcony was great. We can see all the way out to the sea. I checked with the manager of the guesthouse and where I parked the car was fine. I was happy to leave it there.
We made our firs stop at the duomo piazza. There was a wedding going on so we couldn’t go inside. We kind of wandered around the piazza and noticed a sign for the museum. I was ironically right down the one of the side streets. We started to go towards it. On the way were distracted by a souvenir shop. We found a couple of really cute things. I wanted a new mug for work and found one and another new one for home too. We didn’t have enough cash so we had to run to an ATM. Once we did Brian asked me to go back and get the stuff while he took pictures of the outside of the duomo.
We headed down to the museum. On the way we passed a shop where the smell of cheese was intoxicating. The aroma made the sweet and robust flavor of the cheese come alive in ours mouth. We forced ourselves to go on. When we got to the museum we say it was open late and we could see it the next day in the early evening. The rain had stopped and the sky had cleared, so Brian wanted to get pictures from the marina. I know where it was thanks to my driving escapade and a bad turn in the area. A way we went to the waterfront.
When we got there Brian immediately noticed the row of house the sits on the water and recognized them from the books.
Brian and I move to a high walkway and went out to the end. The sun was going down and giving us a really nice show. There were some kids there messing around, the younger ones decided to hide behind us for protection. It went on for a few minutes and then we became annoyed. We finally handed them over to the other kids.
With it beginning to get dark we decide to head back. Along the way we stopped in a couple of shops and admired some truly unique and artistic pottery.
We were hungry, but did not want to go to a restaurant, so we decided to eat in. We went to a small grocery and bought some tomatoes, basil, fresh fruit, water and drinks. Then we went back to shop with the fabulous smelling cheese and bought some and