If you want to get in touch with nature, specifically if you want to see hundreds if not thousands of Great Flamingos from various distances, a few days in Trapani is warranted, And even if you have no interest in seeing birds, the architecture of the old town is definitely worth a visit. Of course, there are Greek and Roman ruins to see as well.
In antiquity, Sicily was part of Greece which was like a win/win for me. I got to see ancient Greek archeological sites while being in Italy. So, it did not count as a trip to Greece, which we take about every couple of years.
Trapani was our second Sicilian destination and while enroute to our lodgings we visited the Parco Acheologico di Segesta. This is a “must see” if you are in the region.
Stone stacking is a time honored tradition anywhere there are stones. It is also one that makes national park rangers crazy as it is hard to differentiate stones stacked for recreational purposes from the cairns that are used to mark trails. In the case above, they did not mark a trail and were stacked just because.
This is Sicily, not Greece, who woulda known.
These beautiful ancient buildings are an example of what you see when traveling in Sicily.
The next day we headed for the Trapani Salt Pans and went on interesting paths towards abandoned windmills.
While at the Salt Pans we noticed a windmill attached to a restaurant which was where ebird listed sightings of many birds. We parked but could not gain entry, why, a movie was being filmed here and the cast and production crew were having a catered event. I still don’t know what was being filmed but if anyone knows please enter the information into the comment section.
We did see quite a few Flamingos and several from up-close. The Greater Flamingo of Southern Europe is a beautiful species, don’t you agree?
After photographing Flamingos and other avian residents of the saltpans, we headed back into town where we had dinner and watched the sun set, or maybe it was the other way around.
The town of Trapani has some beautiful Baroque architecture.
Here is my husband holding up a shot he just took with his phone of a Baroque Arch. He was in the process of questioning why it often takes me so much time to actually snap a photo.
I don’t know why but I tend to photo-collect certain things and doors are one of them.
One of the things that we noticed in Sicily was the proliferation of “Candy Lisa” stores with their superheroes. I snapped this because I thought it was kinda fun and later realized that all of the towns we would stop in had one. If you see another Candy Lisa photo in a different segment it is not this specific store.
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