Monday, September 17, 2007

Holiday stories, part 2

On one day we headed down to Isola Bella. It was a long walk down the hillside steps, but it was a great walk, too. Almost all the way down the views were stunning, and at every corner you would hear a little scurry or two as you approached. The scurrying was the sound of lizards, which would run away as you neared. Clearly they were loving just lounging in the sun, and we were busting their balls.

Some would return if you stood still long enough, and they'd just stand there, keeping their distance, and stare at you. This one was great, for example: he even allowed me to get this short clip of him, from a long way off, hence the shaky footage!

Once we got down to Isola Bella, wow, what a place. The name means "beautiful island" in Italian, and it is a small island joined to Sicily by a sandbar through shallow, crystal-clear seawater. Sometimes the sandbar is walkable without getting wet. We got there when the tide was a touch higher, so we waded through in our sandals. It was still just ankle-deep.

Once we got to the other side, we waded some more, counting the fish, and swam some, and just sat around dangling our feet in the glorious water:

Isola Bella acqua

Lots of people were just hanging around or sunbathing or canoodling or taking pictures of their loved ones.

Anyone for buns?

One little Italian girl was getting her mum or auntie to apply some temporary tattoos. They were stood just across from us. "Look," I heard the woman say to the girl, "at that man's tattoos!" Who, me?

More stories and video clips from this day will follow in the next post...

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Blogger Milla said...

'Tattoo boy' as Red calls you is the perfect definition! Very nice picture of you, that one is.
Isola bella has bellissime waters.

17 September, 2007 10:52  
Blogger Sheamus the... said...

dang are a very non gay man to man way I say this.

17 September, 2007 14:25  
Blogger Sheamus the... said... the land of the lizards.

17 September, 2007 14:27  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

wow... what a beautiful place! you guys seriously take the most glorious vacations!

i love that the mom pointed you out... hahha :)

17 September, 2007 16:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at all the toushies on the beach!!! What glorious water!

17 September, 2007 17:10  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Milla: Thank you. Yeah, it's not a bad pic, and the water's wicked!

Shea: Yeah, I'm hot. It was very sunny... Lizards are coooool.

Martha: It was really amazing there. Red's the best at researching holiday spots. Kids love tattoos, y'know.

RefPo: Water and ass. What more could anyone want?

17 September, 2007 17:27  
Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

You cannot beat the Mediterranean Sea for beauty, clarity, and temperature! One of my favourite swimming memories is a day I spent on the beach near was so totally awesome.

Great picture of you with your tats. You have some really great coverage there.

17 September, 2007 18:39  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

Absolutely bloody gorgeous! you....the place...soz

17 September, 2007 19:51  
Blogger Avid Andy said...

i love that lizard.

17 September, 2007 19:51  
Blogger Biddie said...

Gorgeous. The photos, but you're ok, too :P

17 September, 2007 20:42  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Coyote: Palermo is somewhere we might go soon, I think. Re the coverage: yeah, it's getting there...

4D: I knew you meant the place, honest.

Andy: He rocks, right?! It's not very clear on this YouTube-quality clip, but just before the zoom, he lifts his front right paw and starts waving it.

Biddie: Aww, shucks!

18 September, 2007 11:28  
Anonymous Franki said...

Dare I ask? What's "canoodling"? Are they allowed to do that in public in Italy?

Lovely photos!

18 September, 2007 12:25  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Franki: Necking, that kind of thing. Ah, you can neck anywhere, right?

18 September, 2007 12:57  
Anonymous Franki said...

Well, I can't. I'm phobic.

18 September, 2007 15:14  
Blogger furiousBall said...

Look at that water! Wow.

18 September, 2007 18:35  
Blogger Glamourpuss said...

It all looks so blissful...



18 September, 2007 19:38  
Blogger Gardenia said...

BTW - nice little lizzard - so cute - I love catching the little things about the places we visit...........

18 September, 2007 20:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ciao, bella
heeheh that is mosta my clean italian jealouse i m of ur vaccy

20 September, 2007 04:16  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Franki: Ha, sure you are!

F/ball: It's watery, that's for damn sure.

G/puss: Yeah. Sigh, indeed.

Gardenia: Ain't he cool?

DP: Hey, you can't go far wrong if you've got "ciao bella" in your vocabulary, right?

21 September, 2007 22:54  

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