We've become addicted to road trips.
Let's face it, air travel isn't glamorous anymore (confession: I'm too young to remember a time when it supposedly was). So it can be so much more relaxing to omit baggage restrictions and flight schedules from your travels, and hit the road.
This time last week (almost to the minute!) we kicked off our little Sicilian road trip, driving up the east coast of Sicily, catching a glimpse of the mainland of Italy at Messina (you can take a quick ferry over to connect to the boot).
Next week I'll be posting about our little Sicilian road trip, which I planned with lots of help from a great Sicilian friend.
We had been saying for years that we should go to Sicily, and I wish we hadn't waited so long. I admit, I thought Sicily might be overrated. But it charmed the socks off me, and I'm looking for any excuse to get back for more busiate pasta, Modica chocolate, honeyed seasame snaps, and the unexpected humour and kindness of the Sicilian people.
If only our ferry crossing from Malta to Sicily was as smooth as the rest of our trip (I lost count of how many people got sick!) But, serendipitously, the rough seas cancelled our ferry back home and extended our trip by a day.
Honestly, if real life hadn't called us back to Malta, I might never have left.
BY THE NUMBERS
length of stay: 5 days/4 nights
distance: 1,000 km/622 mi or 13.5 hours