Sorry I haven’t posted in a while! Creatively I have been lacking. I think my husband and I got caught up in the politics in America and writing had not been on my mind. We were clearly starting to despair in the hate that seems to be consuming our native home. Hearing about the fighting in the streets, watching the hurtful language over social media, and sitting by and knowing that so much judgment was being placed on those we care for and on the new president. This weekend we needed to get away from it all! We decided to take a drive down the coast to the western city of Noto.
Noto is known as the Baroque City of Sicily. Personally I was thrown off when I walked through the city to find tall sand colored buildings. It wasn’t like any place I had seen on the island so far. From what we learned, many people had been in control of Noto at different times: Romans, Arabs, Normans, Sicilians have all had an influence on the style of the city. In 1693 the city had been destroyed by an earthquake and rebuilt in the more prominent baroque style you see today. Still, you can still see the influences as you walk through the city.
In 2002 Noto and its church were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. My husband and I stopped to explore the city during riposa. I think we were needing a break from human contact. It was so quiet that it almost felt like the city had been deserted. There were a few restaurants open but we mainly came to sight see.
When you drive into the city you can see large cathedrals and domes towering over everything else. Once you are walking the cobble stone streets you have a hard time deciphering where you are. The buildings in the city were all multiple stories tall so you would turn a corner and suddenly be standing next to an ancient baroque style building!
The views were stunning! There were bed and breakfasts scattered throughout the city. I would love to go back and stay overnight to witness the night life and the people of the city.
To any of my home nation’s people who need encouragement: To anyone who is reading, please do not think less of people because some of their beliefs don’t line up with yours, and do not lose quality people in your life because you choose hate over love. A friend of mine wrote “Our response to this is everything. Respond not in anger, do not retaliate in fear. Let love motivate you. Love the person next to you. Do not fear, Do what you can.”