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I think I have mentioned here a few times that I have a love-hate relationship with travel: I hate the process of moving my carcass from one place to another (unless it is on a bicycle), but I love waking up in a strange bed.
That did not exactly come out right.
What I love about travel is actually being in a different location (this has nothing to do with Houston per se—I have always loved exploring other locales, be it foreign or domestic), but the effort required to get there is often less than desirable.
Such was the case this past Fall as I travelled to Sicily.
My flight from Houston Intercontinental Airport (I still refuse to call it by its other name) left shortly after 4 in the afternoon, headed for Munich on Lufthansa. While I am not overly fond of German airports (even though I studied the language in college, spoken German always seems so harsh and rigid, particularly after an overnight flight), I am a fan of Lufthansa, particularly their Economy Plus section is pretty close to luxurious, particularly when compared to their partner, United.
After a rather uneventful flight (which included several glasses of Drappier Champagne), I had to muscle my way quickly through the airport to catch my connecting flight to Catania, on the island of Sicily.
Growing up, I my concept of “Sicily,” largely shaped by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, was that of a beautiful but dangerous island that was the source of many a crime boss both real and fictional.
While I certainly did not go looking for the dangerous, I found plenty of the beautiful.
We were scheduled to only spend one night in Catania, Sicily’s second largest city (after Palermo). I will admit that I had never heard of the town, but I was determined to walk the city a bit before our scheduled 10 a.m. departure.
I am glad I did.
Yes, sadly, we left Catania. I felt that there was so much more to explore, but we were off to Mount Etna and our first of many winery visits.
More to come….