Ourika Valley Day Two

There is ice on the puddles when we set off on a morning hike above the town. Lahcen, our guide, takes us first past the waterfalls, which we have all to ourselves at 9.30am. We then proceed up steps to a town on a ridge way above. Our path is still in shade as the… Continue reading Ourika Valley Day Two


31/10/20 Caught an early Halloween morning train to Catania, often overlooked by visitors who fly in, then dash north for touristy Taormina or south for splendid Siracusa (my base) but it is full of gems. The centre is a short walk by the coast from Catania Centrale. I head straight for the famously rowdy fish… Continue reading Catania


17/10/20 I returned to Siracusa for a month, working remotely, which gave me the chance to visit some areas missed off last month. The first was Modica, often included in a circuit with Noto and Ragusa. Of the three, it’s the least impressive but it’s a handsome town, quiet in my low-season arrival. With the… Continue reading Modica


27/9/20 With just a morning to spare before we need to take the airport bus. We head away from Ortigia to the ancient Basilica di San Giovanne Evangelista, dropping in on the contrastingly modern Basilica Santuario Madonne Delle Lacrime on the way. The Madonne Delle Lacrime is a striking 120m-tall conical tower that dominates the… Continue reading Siracusa