Last week, I was going through files and files of old pictures while working on my portfolio, when I stumbled upon some long-forgotten pictures I took in 2013. My family and I had visited Sicily for the summer holidays. With my camera always on hand, I captured a lot of what I saw. Those moments now bring back delightful memories. I’d love to share them with you.
Cala Rossa, Favignana Island
We once went on a day-long adventure to Erice, an historical city on top of the namesake Mount Erice. We wandered around the incredibly beautiful streets, breathing fresh air and delighting ourselves by watching the local artisans decorating pottery and crafting traditional marionettes.
Streets of Erice
peeking into the loveliest garden
local artisan in erice
streets of erice
Another astounding place we visited was The Stagnone Reserve of the Marsala Lagoon, a landscape of unique beauty. Characteristic of the reserve are the salt pans, the canals and the windmills, which are used for water pumping and salt grinding. We learned about their traditional artisanal methods of salt production, a long and demanding process which has remained unaltered for centuries. This was a place of great relevance back in ancient Roman times and it’s now also a wonderful tourist attraction. Especially during summer sunsets.
The Stagnone Reserve of the Marsala Lagoon
my brother kenta
We tried to visit as many beaches as possible, so much so that I don’t even remember all their names. The blinding sunshine, crystal-clear water and refreshing baths, on the other hand, are something I’ll hardly ever forget.
a beach somewhere near trapani
kenta / from a paddle boat
crystal clear water
Let me tell you about that one time we hired a paddle boat and my responsible self had the greatest/riskiest idea of bringing my DSLR with me. Because of my brothers continuously getting off and on the boat, water kept on flowing in and it almost reached my camera while I left it in a “relatively” safe place to ride the paddle boat. Luckily I was able to save it and I then kept it on myself the rest of the time. I have to say, the shots I got were definitely worth the risk. And it was a fun experience.
the other brother, naoki
sleepy brother while sailing
My favourite part of the holiday was probably our trip to Favignana Island. The following picture probably speaks on its own.
Cala Rossa, Favignana Island
moon rolling down the mountain...
We were clearly blessed with some epic views those days. Strikingly beautiful landscapes and sunsets. That, and an abundance of fresh juicy fruits. I’ve never eaten peaches as delicious as the ones I used to get in Sicily ever since.
view of mount cofano
sunset on favignana island
view of castellammare del golfo
I hope to be back there as soon as possible.
In the meanwhile, I can only daydream about it looking back at these pictures.