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final stops in sicily

Guten morgen from Germany! We have a layover in Munich and are enjoying the smoothest Internet connection we’ve had in weeks. Before we take off for Slovenia, let me share some final sights from Sicily!_DSC0112Including one final stop for granita and brioche :)

We took a day trip to the town of Tindari — a windy, hilly, and incredibly scenic two-hour drive from Linguaglossa, the town we were staying in._DSC0203On the way we stopped to enjoy the scenery…_DSC0212and make way for the cows! We spotted a bunch of horses, sheep, and cattle crossing the streets as we made our way through the mountains. This one was quite photogenic._DSC0221Toward the end of the drive we could see our final destination in the distance: the famous Tindari sanctuary, home of the “black Madonna.”_DSC0231We parked at the bottom of the hill and walked our way up to the church — quite a little hike! Once we got to the top we could see straight out to the sea.0903151104_Burst02The inside of the church was equally stunning._DSC0246Above the alter sits the Black Madonna statue, which is believed to have been washed ashore in the 8th century. So much history in this spot!
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The architecture and art we saw at Tindari (and many other churches we visited during this trip) was breathtaking — especially when you remind yourself that it was all built by hand. The hands of men who were really short! Look how tiny these doors are.
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Today, people are much taller and benefit from modern tools such as the selfie stick._DSC0248Tindari was a fun trip. Thanks to Anthony for being my local tour guide and incredible driver. Even with a solid five years of Mario Kart practice, there is no way I could have mastered the windy roads of Sicily in real life. Yeah, Peach Anthony has got it!
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Other final stops in Sicily: A visit with Anthony’s extended family! We saw them a handful of times during our stay and it was nice to have a home base and help when we needed it. A second thanks to them for making their best efforts to understand my Spanglish/Ameri-talian phrases.0903152155During our last night in Sicily, Anthony Antonio and I enjoyed a final meal at a local hangout. After five busy days, it was nice to have a quiet, no-frills dinner._DSC0307All this pasta is going to pay off on race day, right? :)_DSC0309Such a wonderful stop in Sicily! Up next: Verona.