TaxiCab Confessions of our Sicilian Cabby

taxicab confessions in Sicily Image of a Traditional Sicilian Horse Drawn Cart, Carretto Siciliano

From the airport in Trapani we hop in a taxi, who I call Signor TaxiCab Confessions, to drive us to the seaport in Marsala to pick up the sailboat.  Traveling with 3 Italians plus me – my husband and a married couple friends of ours. What’s the first question an Italian asks to break the ice? FOOD! Where can we get the best CIBO around here?  Spaghetti alla cernia, Spaghetti alla Vongole, Tonno fresco! Pane Buono!!!  Our Sicilian Taxi driver, who must remain unnamed or I might wake to find a horse head in my bed tonight, he filled us in on the best spots.  He leaned in close and said in his Italia Sicilian cadence, “Senta Don Armando, questo devi stare fra me e te.  Non dire a nessuno che ho detto io!”  Translates as “Now I am going to tell you these secrets, but don’t tell anybody that I told you or I will be in big trouble.”  TaxiCab Confessions! Sicilian Secrets… about food!  I am dying laughing in the back seat feeling like I’m in some scene in a Mafia movie.  Of course I can’t tell you what he said, but he was spot-on! Grazie!

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Sailing the Aegadian Islands – Favignana – Isole Egadi

Aegadian Islands |Isole Egadi - Favignana View from Above looking down at the town and port with all of the boats

On a private sailing trip around the Aegadian Islands / Isole Egadi I found favolosa Favignana… a paradise for sea-foodies, sun-worshipers, castle ruins, rocky beaches, & Sicilian Delights where every body is a comedian!  Welcome to Favignana, Sicily a chill-tastic island in the Aegadian Islands, Isole Egadi

What day is it? Is it Friday or Tuesday, can’t remember.  What’s the name of this island? The most common questions you will hear on any sailing or cruising trip!  To be honest, I didn’t even know these islands existed : Isole Egadi.  Where? Agadi… Egodi, Argandi… wherever!?!?! Let’s go! Andiamo !!!

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Hiking to Castello Santa Caterina on Favignana Island

Castelo di Santa Caterina - on Favignana Island Sicily - the terrace at the top

Castello Santa Caterina on Favignana Island today stands as a historic castle, or more of an abandoned fortress in somewhat of a deteriorating state.  Originally built as a Saracen Watchtower (an Arab or Muslim, especially at the time of the Crusades) around 500 or 600 it was enlarged into a castle at a date suspected around the eleventh century.  It’s dungeon once housed political prisoners.  Walking through the Castello Santa Caterina is like stepping back into a war-torn abounded structure.  The debris filled rooms have molding stucco falling to the ground, rusted generators, iron post beds, Military barrels, ceramic toilets and baths.  On top of the fortress, we saw a rusted old satellite blown over that looked like the wind had beaten it badly.

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Zip Lining Cancun Mexico at Selvatica Cancun Adventure

Red Velvet Voyage is a personal travel blog site where I share my random experiences. This is me Zip-Lining in Cancun

I got to experience Zip Lining Cancun Mexico at Selvatica Cancun Adventure during a group vacation in March 2013.  I could only rally up two other friends to join me because the others from the group had either already been Zip-Lining or had no desire to fly above the trees in the jungle like monkeys on cables.  The part that keeps us laughing today is that My girlfriend who I coerced to join last minute was dressed for a day at the pool, not for outdoor adventure.  She went Zip Lining in Wedge Heels!  Rock-On Amiga – My Fashionista Adventurista!!! A great day trip into the Mexican Jungle, I was most impressed swimming in the Cenote and being entertained by the Fabulous Crew at Selvatica Cancun.

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Best Places to Dine and Party on Vacation in St Tropez France

Best Places to Dine and Party in St Tropez France. Romantic Mediterranean Architecture overlooking the Historic Port of Saint Tropez

Best Places to Dine and Party like a VIP on vacation in St Tropez France.

Just back from a 3-day trip to St Tropez, a week later!  There was too much fun to be had to leave after only 3 days.  Each day after spending a beautiful afternoon strolling the quaint narrow streets or relaxing at a VIP beach bar we would call the hotel, “Is it possible that we can extend our stay for one more night?”

“Oui Oui Madam!  But of Course!” …only because it is May, early in the season.  Next day same beach buzz, same story… by the third day the front desk was calling to ask, “One more night madam?”

Oui Oui!

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