Posts tagged ‘Mediterranean’

Trabocco Turchino

Trabocco Turchino, Marina di San Vito, Abruzzo, Italy
Marina di San Vito, Italy

The trabocco is a fishing machine connected with a narrow footbridge to the mainland. A fishing net is attached to its long antennae. When the fish pass over the fishing net, it is pulled up to catch it.

The trabocco Turchino ─ the one the photo ─ is a historic one. It is mentioned in a novel by Italian writer Gabriele D’Annunzio. Also for this reason this trabocco was rebuilt after a violent storm destroyed it a few years ago.

There are many trabocchi along the Trabocchi Coast in Abruzzo region, Italy. It is no longer convenient to fish in this way in Italy so most of the trabocchi have been turned into fish restaurants.

Fishing in the Big Blue

Fishing boat close to Sicilian Tyrrhenian coast, Sicily, Italy
Tyrrhenian Sea, Sicily, Italy (2009)

“The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau

Small Solace

Rocky cliffs of Scala dei Turchi, Realmonte, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
Scala dei Turchi, Sicily, Italy

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Cousteau

I miss the sea. Alas, at the moment I can only see it on photographs. So I re-edited a photo I took nine years ago. I was in Scala dei Turchi, on the southern coast of Sicily. This time I edited it in black and white. Small solace.

SCIARA DEL FUOCO, the volcanic slopes of the island of Stromboli

Sailing the Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian Islands are a volcanic archipelago north of Sicily, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Named after the wind god Aeolus, a great way to visit them is on a sailing boat. And I did it! In early July, along with two friends, I sailed around the islands of Vulcano, Lipari, Panarea and Stromboli – four of the seven islands that form this archipelago. Read more