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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Fattoria Mose - Agrigento

While we were planning our Sicilian Adventure ourr friend Franca from Bloom Restaurant connected us with her friend Linden, who has organized many trips to Sicily. One of her key recommendations was for us to visit Fattoria Mose which is run by Chiara Agnello. Chiara's family has owned this country estate since the 1800's. It is an old mansion surrounded by Olive trees, Vineyards, many types of flora and crops. 

Our trip to the Fattoria Mose took a few hours. There was lots of construction on the highway and then our GPS, once again, got confused. After some trial and error we pulled into an isolated gas station and asked for directions. Our interaction with the gas station employees was actually lots of fun. They spoke no english, but were sincerely interested in helping us find our way. Luckily our cell phone worked and we called Chiara who gave insttructions to the gas station guys who then showed us our route on a map. About 20 minutes later we were at the gate and driving up the winding entrance road. 

We were greeted warmly by Chiara and offered a much appreciated glass of wine. After a nice chat we were shown our room, inside the house.The room was on the second floor with both a large bedroom and small second room. Big shutters were open and the view of the surrounding farmland was lovely. We settled in and then headed out to town for a quick snack and then to explore the nearby Greek Ruins. The Greek ruins are spread out over several kilometres across a series of hills. You can either park at the top or the bottom. We chose the bottom and paid 3 Euros each to take a taxi to the top. 

The ruins include ancient burial lands. Some of the buildings are amazingly well preserved. We took our time exploring and enjoying the views. For part of the time we toured the site with a German couple who were both in healthcare. Interesting discussions. 

Returning to our room we rested before our 8pm dinner (Breakfast and dinner are included in the very reasonable price). Dinner was so much fun. We had about 12 people at a long table, outside under a large tree. The food was simple and satisfying. Many antipasta, sausage and plentiful local wine. The guests included people from Holland, Denmark, Switzerland, France, Germany, Britian and of course Canada. The common language was mostly English. We ate, drank and conversed until the wee hours. A great experience. 

Thank you Franca and Linden for getting us to this magical place. 

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