The words Aeolian adventure and her website caused us to contact Laura. She was to provide our adult family group with a wow of an adventure. Indeed, there were a number of adventures awaiting her group of nine who took the light-hearted jaunt she led to the Sicilian Isles.
As I think back now, each day provided interesting exposures to island culinary and oenological pursuits such as our ‘going behind the scene’ to test our cooking and eating skills producing many Sicilian favourites, and tramping old vineyards to hear the vintner’s historical tales of the love of his wines and vineyard while we checked the quality of the range of its output to our heart’s content.
This conviviality brought the group together as band of close friends to participate in other delightful activities as different as examining the fresh fish at the fish market, having access to a museum full of remarkable and interesting Greek artifacts, a noisy musical sing-song or two, or squid fishing – eaten afterwards right there on the boat.
There were opportunities to feel the thrill of climbing high to discover volcanic craters and evidence of volcanic activity, viewing the dramatic vistas like a modern-day Columbus, and even tentatively wallowing in thermal mud not quite as tranquil as it appeared.
But for me, the night-time excursion to view the ever-active Stromboli volcano was a real pleasure. Our boat made its way through streams of bubbles venting in the sea amongst those dark islands. Lavishly strewn across the heavens was a myriad of stars, fascinating in their infinite variety. Even Van Gogh would have been amazed. A fitting finale for an exciting week. My family group was rapt for that moment, not an easy thing to achieve.
We thank you very much Laura, for your thoughtful organisation and care, keeping us on-track and entertained in an active week-long ‘complete change’ where everyone was full of smiles and sorry to leave.