Ben said no working during our honeymoon, but I couldn’t resist updating this site after the fact.
I knew we were getting married in gorgeous Santorini. What I didn’t know was where we’d spend our honeymoon. I’ve been told that the look on my face was priceless when I read the airport departure screen: Munich! Luckily, it was just a stopover, and before long we were in sunny Taormina, Sicily, a place ranked high on our “European bucket list.”
In a nutshell, here’s Taormina: nestled in steep hills above the Ionian Sea, views of mainland Italy and smoking Mt. Etna, aqua water meets both sand and white cliffs, mixed foliage from cactus to pines to calla lilies, a cute (and touristy) center with a kilometer-long pedestrian area, a famous Greek amphitheater, amazing food (the highlight was fresh ravioli stuffed and covered with pistachios and prawns at Da Nino), also amazing wine (our fav was called Chiaramonte, a nero d’avola produced by Firriato), and happy, friendly people.
We stayed at a must-visit boutique hotel high above the coast called Villa Ducale, and were treated like old friends. A “wine tasting” was actually six full glasses of excellent Sicilian wines; breakfast, tea-time snacks, and evening tapas were abundant and varied; and when we oohed and aahed over the cheeses (particularly a smoked Provola, and another containing arugula), the manager offered to personally order a “small sampling” for us from the local cheese producer. Since nothing is small in Sicily, it turned into 6 pounds of yumminess, which Ben had to lug home in his backpack to avoid the ruthless excess baggage charges….
If you haven’t already decided to visit Taormina, we think these will put you over the edge: