Sunday, August 14, 2011


The last 2 days of INDOC (our orientation to life in Sicily) included a couple trips to the largest city near the base: Catania.   We’d read about the famous Catania fish market before we arrived in Sicily, and it did not disappoint!

Fresh swordfish, anyone?  We ate swordfish fillets later that day for lunch during a five-course Italian meal that the INDOC coordinators organized for our group.  One of the Italian group leaders described it as “the chicken of the sea” because it’s a fairly bland fish, excellent with many seasonings.  Italians eat a lot of it after grilling it with olive oil and lemon.

Little Lena seemed indifferent to the sounds, sights, and smells.  We’ll give her a couple years to develop a love for it.  Hopefully she’ll love seafood one day as much as we do.

The next day we took a trip to the beach in Catania.  The INDOC coordinators took us to one of the sandy beach “lidos” where you pay an entrance fee for a couple beach chairs and an umbrella. 

Next time we might try the rocky beaches of Catania.  The volcanic rock of Sicily cleans the water until it’s crystal-clear and irresistible, perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

1 comment:

  1. I remember being at a beach there when we were at Sigonella back in 1959. All of a sudden people started screaming and running out of the water: Zillions of jellyfish had come in toward the shore..


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