The Dangerously Truthful Diary of a Sicilian Housewife

An English woman in Sicily handling parenthood, corruption and a Sicilian mother-in-law, all at once

Daily Life in a Sicilian Fishing Village

The fishermen in my village usually go out in these boats.     Each village along the coastline has its own particular colour scheme. Our village uses orange, white and blue, … Continue reading

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How to avoid Liver-ache, getting hit by the air, and other Sicilian Diseases

Sicily has all kinds of medical conditions that don’t exist anywhere else. Here’s a comprehensive list, just in case you get one of them on holiday. Your doctor at home will … Continue reading

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Creative Blogger Award!

Originally posted on Living a Beautiful Life:
The Creative Blogger Award comes to me from Rob at Art by Rob Goldstein.  Thanks so much, Rob!  I’m truly honored and delighted!…

June 21, 2015 · 14 Comments

Into which orifice do I stick this?

In the UK, where I come from, medicine is something you swallow. In Italy, you cannot leave the doctor’s surgery with a prescription in your hand before asking the immortal … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 12 Comments

Sicily’s Immigration Crisis: Why we need Boots on the Ground in Africa

I keep getting queries from people scared to come on holiday to Sicily, worried that the island is so packed with immigrants they’ll hardly be able to move. If immigration … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · 29 Comments

The Three Ancient Super-Powers: part 3, The Romans

The last, and ultimately the most powerful, of the superpowers of the ancient world was the Roman Empire. Why were they ultimately the winners in the power struggle? We have … Continue reading

June 9, 2015 · 14 Comments

The Three Ancient Super-Powers: Part 2, The Greeks

On Wednesday I told you about the Phoenicians, the first Super-power of the ancient world and Sicily’s first colonists. Today, let’s see what the Greeks did for Sicily. The ancient … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · 8 Comments

The Three Ancient Super-Powers: Part 1, The Phoenicians

It may be hard to imagine, these days, that Sicily was once the cradle of European civilisation. Three super-powers battled for supremacy and Sicily was the centre of it all. … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · 14 Comments

9 May – Ode to Peppino Impastato

This is a tribute to the first Sicilian who stood up, shouted against the Mafia, and dared to make them objects of ridicule instead of fearful reverence. ***** 9 May is … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

Baths and Curses in Palermo’s Archaeological Museum

I recently visited Palermo’s Archaeological Museum (called “Antonino Salinas”). Most of it is closed for restoration, but there was still plenty to enjoy.   I sat for ten minutes serenely … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 9 Comments

Where to go in Sicily: West Coast itinerary

  Follow the link for a stunning itinerary suggested by inspired Palermo native, Oriana: Where to go in Sicily: West Coast itinerary.

May 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Loafing around in Sicily’s Gingerbread Village

The people of San Biagio Platano, a village in south-western Sicily, have celebrated Easter every year since the 1700’s by decorating their streets with arches and towers made of bread. … Continue reading

April 27, 2015 · 15 Comments

A Rough Start for the Rough Guide to Sicily

  So, what’s it like to earn your living by going on holiday? Jules Brown, author of The Rough Guide to Sicily, describes his very first hilarious trip to Sicily … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · 22 Comments

The Rich Man in his Villa Ramacca and the Poor Man at his Gate

This is an 18th century villa near my home. It can be hired for weddings and other special events.   I walked around it recently, as it hosted the exhibition … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 5 Comments

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