In search of paradise.....

....final destination, Ikaria - the island of youth.

25 March 2019
25 March 2019 | Introducing Andy and Karen
25 March 2019 | The walls surrounding this vast site were carved from the rock with the odd stone block added where necessary
25 March 2019
25 March 2019 | Today's artistic shot!
25 March 2019 | Todays bench shot
25 March 2019 | This beautiful Olive tree is a staggering 800 years old!!!
25 March 2019 | Olives and Almonds- todays modern grove
25 March 2019 | The Temple of Concordia
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25 March 2019
25 March 2019 | The Temple of Juno
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25 March 2019 | Temple Dioscuri
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25 March 2019 | The Temple of Hercules
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25 March 2019
25 March 2019 | The Temple of Olympian Zeus

Agrigento

25 March 2019
Jane Paulson
Marina di Ragusa
Our winter home

AGRIGENTO – VALLE DEI TEMPLI

The valley of the temples. You may recall, back in November, as we sailed down the west coast of Sicily heading for our winter berth, we saw these amazing ruins perched high on the hill and promised we would return and explore them when we had a car.
Our friends, Andy and Karen were visiting Sicily for a weeks break. They had rented an apartment close to the marina and we had planned to do sightseeing with them. They last visited us in August 2017 when we were on the River Villaine in France. We picked them up from Catania airport and once checked in and sorted, they came on board Stiletto for supper.
Agrigento is known for its ruins of the ancient city of Akragas. It is a huge site (900 acres) with incredibly well preserved Greek temples. It has a very colourful history, but briefly, it was established around 582 – 580 BC and is attributed to Greek colonists from Gela. It grew rapidly and became one of the richest and most famous of the Greek colonies. It was eventually captured by the Romans in 210 BC who renamed it Agrigentum although it remained a largely Greek speaking community for centuries.
Karen spent some time “stone hugging” and we were both in awe of the fact that these huge blocks of stone had not only been carved by hand but had also been constructed one on top of the other to create these magnificent temples. It was truly a feat of engineering. We chatted about who it may have been who had such talent to carve perfect circles in the stone : probably slaves. It just blew us all away.

Song for this post: Temple of the King by Rainbow

Thought for this post: If only we could go back in time – just for a short while!!!

Highlight for this post: I have visited the Acropolis in Athens which was amazing, but this site was so vast, so well preserved given its great age, that it was difficult to comprehend that it had been constructed without the use of power tools a couple of thousand years ago.

Agrigento

25 March 2019 | Introducing Andy and Karen
Jane Paulson

Agrigento

25 March 2019 | The walls surrounding this vast site were carved from the rock with the odd stone block added where necessary
Jane Paulson

Agrigento

25 March 2019
Jane Paulson

Agrigento

25 March 2019 | Today's artistic shot!
Jane Paulson

Agrigento

25 March 2019 | Todays bench shot
Jane Paulson
Vessel Name: Stiletto
Vessel Make/Model: Bavaria 33 Cruiser
Hailing Port: Gosport, UK
Crew: Andreas Giles & Jane Paulson
About:
We have been sailing together for 13 years and have owned Stiletto for 11 of them. We have exhausted the Solent and the South Coast and all the other usual passages: West Country, France, Channel Islands etc. that are available from our home port of Gosport. [...]
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Who: Andreas Giles & Jane Paulson
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