Springtime in Sicily

A passenger, sitting behind me on our flight to Trapani, commented how green the island looked compared to her usual summer visits, when the land is brown and parched.

Vineyards on Sicily

The land is green and lush in April. I heard golfing in Sicily is really good in this season as well.

Narrow streets and tall houses in Trapani

This is one rare front without laundry hanging on the balcony. Wherever we turned we could always see laundry flapping in the wind.

A typical thing to do on a lazy afternoon – watching people passing by in the street. It is very common to see people spending their free time like this.

street dogs

I guess I forgot that there are many more dogs roaming the streets without a master in Southern Europe. At night, after dinner and wine, we would often pass a sleeping dog on the sidewalk.

I have taken a fancy to Sicily, its pace, people, and pleasures.


  1. Maria,

    I came across your travel blog of Sicily as I researched the number of dogs I’ve seen in the streets here. I shall like to share with you the following: these dogs are not simply “sleeping in the streets.” They are dying in the streets. They are abandoned, sick, starving and ignored in the streets. Not simply “sleeping.” You appear to perceive it as a tourist draw. It is not.

  2. Anna,

    To you, my comment about the sleeping dogs, must seem rather insensitive. And maybe yes, as a typical tourist I did not concern myself with why they were sleeping outside.

    On the other hand, some of my friends have rescued street dogs from Spain and brought them to Germany.

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention and to the other readers of this blog, too.

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