I lived in Sicily near Catania and Taormina for four years back in 1990-1994 while serving in the military off the base during Desert Shield/Desert Storm conflict travelling alot the entire time like most of us who were stationed at NAS Sigonella Naval Air Station and I couldnt agree more.... ;- )
The Beauty and Rich History are absolutely breathtaking and priceless in itself! And both the Sicilians & the Italians, still today in 2012 battle it out as best they can, many of them around 70, 80, and 90 years old, just not wanting to accept the New and out with the old (God Bless them too...)
Again these are by many Italian/Sicilian Elders and families not ready for 21st century more modernized changes in life, those who fight to resist the new ways of life today hoping to preserve their Old Sicilian traditions are finding themselves more and more everyday losing the battle. In the early 90's Italy and Sicily became bound by one government combining two amazing countries ruled in order and power by the Italian Ministry/Govern.
We loved it back when the Italian Lira was in circulation, different times indeed before the Euro took into effect financially. But of all my travels and places I have lived so far in Italy/Sicily is by far my favorite and where my heart is, its like a second home to me :) These pictures are so Beautifully shot Nd taken... Just Gorgeous! They are a wonderful reminder to so many of us who truly Love, & Admire everything about Italy and their way of life, especially so many gr8 people who love, cherish and care very much about their own country. That goes even for both the rich Italian & rich Sicilian heritage, it's traditions, and values and also that of its of own people.
An Added Bonus...All of the Amazing Food & Desserts like 'the Best Cannoli's & Italian Gellatto' you won't find anywhere else!
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