As with most conferences, one afternoon was “sacrificed” to some organized sight-seeing. This sight-seeing was meant to take us away from Erice, which is a very cute little town, but if you’ve spent 3 hours there, you’ve seen it all. Therefore we got onto the bus and set off to visit some of the Greek ruins in the area. Continue reading
Erice is a lovely little village on top of a big hill appropriately named mount Erice in the very western part of Sicily with a lovely view onto the surrounding area. It has had an long and convoluted history, as many of Italy’s city have, having been at one point in time Greek, Phoenician, Roman, Trojan and eventually (destroyed by the) Carthaginian.
As with many conferences, we had one half-day off. This time, it was the thursday morning. As I had already seen most of what I wanted to see in Udine, I decided to drive out to the small village/town of Cividale del Friuli roughly 25km from Udine. This small village has a long history which it shows off by some celtic, roman and christian buildings or left-overs of such. Not only has the village a rich history, it also lies beautifully on both sides of a turquoise river. Continue reading
Work has been nice enough to send me to Udine for a week. Of course, that means that most of the time I spend in an old, worn room with the blends closed to better see the presentations. Nevertheless, once the meetings are over (usually 2 hours later than planned) or during lunch you get a chance to walk through the town and have a look at the buildings and the plazzas. Continue reading