On Monday, rivers of fire flowed down the slopes of Mt. Etna, the tallest, almost continously active volcano in Europe. All these rumblings are occurring in eastern Sicily, near the town of Catania. Guess what? We'll be there soon.
AP Photo by Davide Caudullo, Lapresse.
B and I are about to escape, to Sicily, that is. Between bites of almond gelato and plates of cinammon-spiced couscous, we might catch a glimpse of Mount Etna in full eruption mode. Just two days ago molten lava spewed 600 feet into the air. Surely we'll at least see a puff or two of smoke! But there will also be gently decaying palazzos, an early morning fish auction, and wineries, including one that produces berry-rich wines from Nerello grapes grown in Etna's dark volcanic soil. Through it all, we'll be trying to decipher the enigma that is this magnificent and forbidding island.
Lots of you have written to ask what's up with SpiceLines: Let's just say that the new website is slowly taking shape. Very slowly. But I've been working behind the scenes to make it all happen, with the help of stalwart and talented designer Mike and his Austin-based crew. Of course, all work and no play....so it's off to Italy to eat, drink and explore. I'll be back in May, hopefully with a new, much improved SpiceLines.
See you then!