Judy and Davids OAP adventure travel blog

Follow my leader

Typical viaduct

Temple at Seilinunte

The same

Two ruined temples in the background

Temple of Zeus

Collosal columns

Typical roadsign

Friday 20th March. Well what a night! As the evening wore on the temperature dropped until when retiring, all the bedclothes we could find were on us and we still felt cold. The wind speed rose and before long the building was feeling the full effects of a mighty storm. The windows shook, the doors blew open then shut, the patio furniture ran around, the roof tiles clattered and the rain pounded down. Sleep was barely possible especially as there was a noise similar to sitting next to the M4 all night. When we could summon up courage and energy to rise at 9.00 am we found a blue sky and pleasant temperatures but the noise persisted. What was it? On going outside it became obvious. The calm mill pond of a sea from yesterday was now a foaming mass with white horses for as far as the eye could see and 8 foot surf breaking on the beach below us.

Our journey started with a drive along the main road to the west. We have been impressed by the standard of the newer roads with wide, straight carriageways and good surfaces but because they serve towns which in the main are at high level they run for miles on viaducts (see picture). The most spectacular of these so far was at Agrigenta where the main road meets two others very close together and there is a double clover leaf junction but set some 200 feet above the ground.

We reached our objective, the ancient Greek city of Seilinute, without the help of Norah who had not heard of it or the nearest villages nor the local signs which only mentioned it 50 yards from the entrance. Not another temple, you say, well yes and seven of them with one pretty intact and the first where you could go into it. The most impressive however was the ruin of the temple of Zeus where the stones lay just where they fell and the locals had not taken them to build houses or churches. The columns were about 10 feet in diameter and the building must have been very impressive at 110 metres long and 50 metres wide ( a football field). The site was about 2 miles square and after walking around one end dinner called so we left. Tragedy struck! Our tripod was missing with Judy in the car I went back to find it. Just as I got to the first temple 200 yards away in full sunlight the first drops fell and by the time I got back to the car the water was running out of my shoes. Off to a superb lunch. We then continued on to Marsala and a great deal in the hotel President.

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