Entry #18 June 5, 2011
Wow! The bus wasn't scheduled to leave until 9AM! After a couple of hours, we visited a ceramic studio in Caltagirone where we saw the ubiquitous smiling sun being made. While not our favorite piece, we learned that it is a traditional item. We also learned that the Moore Knight and the lady that we had seen in the puppy show last night are also traditional Sicilian objects of art based on a history of conquest. This revelation gave us some insight into the puppet show. There was time for a leisurely lunch and a siesta in a nearby park before we headed off to the Villa Romanadei Casale an archeological site with amazing mosaic floors built in the 4th canter and buried in a mud slide in the 12th century. The famous "bikini girls" mosaic shows 8 athletes playing various games. Things have not changed much in 16 centuries if you consider the picture that Tom took of the girls at the beach at Cefalu.
Before we boarded the bus for the drive to our hotel, we got to sample Antonio's (our driver) home made almond wine which was very sweet and delicious. Our hotel is a former residence of a Bishop!