05 May '15, 4pm

"The only beautiful thing about Sicily," said tassista Daniele, "is the weather." Was he sure?

"The only beautiful thing about Sicily," said tassista Daniele, "is the weather." Was he sure?

World War II damage in Palermo, Sicily. Photo courtesy Wikimedia commons (public domain). I like to tell people that Sicily is where I’d go to die. From what I’ve seen of the world so far, this island is the closest thing to paradise on earth: it’s the light, it’s the traces of bygone civilizations in the architecture and in the food, it’s the strange sense of time, and your own insignificance, as you stand face to face with 2,000-year-old ruins, it’s the grit, the unkempt streets, the closed shutters, the acres of wild cactus reminding you that this is a place where people live under extreme circumstances, where water will always be scarce, where survival is an art. Maybe that last bit doesn’t sound so paradisaical, but I like it – no one is putting on a show for you here. I should know by now, though, that there is no such thing as an earthly paradise — and in any case, ...

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