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My Trip to Sicily

Over the years, I have made several trips to Sicily and I am now just returning from a long stay on the western and southeast areas. Sicily is huge, the largest island in the Mediterranean and lush with fruits and vegetables. I saw so many prickly pear tree farms and orange groves for miles on end. Steep hillsides are terraced with grape vines to grow Nero d’Avola, Catarratto, Grillo and Inzolia varieites. Pomegranates, figs, lemons, tomatoes, eggplant, cauliflower and well, I could go on. But besides all the wonderful foods, there are also the stunning Greek ruins that are some of the best are to be found in Sicily like the Temple of Segesta in the commune of Calatafimi. The temple is one of the best preserved, having been constructed in 450 BC and survived many earthquakes because of brilliant engineering that allowed the columns to withstand them. The temple is a classic example of Doric architecture and a wonder of mathematical proportion.

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