Later we went to the Murgo winery on the hills of Mt Etna. We had a private tour of their vineyards and winery, then of course spent some time enjoying the wines. The winery is run by a family of seven brothers and their families. One of the wives was pouring wine for us, and had a delicious spread of cheese, fresh bread, salami, artichoke spread and fresh olives too. We ended up buying a fair amount of wine, but it was reasonably priced so it made sense to do so.
In the afternoon I spent time exploring the city of Messina. I spent several hours on foot walking through the city taking photos, periodically popping into churches and public buildings. I stopped to enjoy some coffee and gelato and people watch, which is a favorite pastime of mine, particularly to observe another country’s customs and habits. Later in the afternoon the city sprang back to life once the siesta was over. I decided to stop for a haircut in a stylish Sicilian hair salon. It was here that I realized how inept I am in speaking Italian. All this time I have been getting by with phrases, words and broken sentences to communicate in the local language. But here, I needed to describe what kind of haircut I wanted. That sure is different from saying “I would like a coffee please”. I decided to talk with my hands to describe what I wanted, and the stylist figured it out! Afterward I visited the cathedral of Messina, which was so beautiful- I have photos below for you . It was a great day in Sicily and my only regret is that we didn’t have another day to visit Palermo or other parts of this wonderful island.
above left: "sparkling wine" (champagne) resting. Above right: bottles in storage to let the sediment settle.
above: me being a ham as usual in front of the bottles