Thursday, October 3, 2013

Nubia: Trapani's Salt-Pans and Birdwatching


My birthday has come and gone but I took full advantage this year with a weekend away fulfilling a few of my Sicilian dreams. It was great - I picked the destination and hubby, who has that special touch for finding just the right places, pretty much did the rest.

We spent the night at a peaceful hotel in Nubia, within the the WWF nature reserve of Trapani and Paceco's salt-pans (Riserva Naturale delle Saline di Trapani e Paceco) and walking distance from the lovely little Museo del Sale (Salt Museum). The museum explains the salt farming way of life which is an ancient tradition in these parts and puts into context the astonishing landscape that surrounds you here - miles and miles of salt-pans for harvesting the sea salt, a lagoon-like sea, wind mills, old towers, and birds, lots and lots of birds, who pass here on their migratory routes to feed on animals and algae that live in these salty marshes. We all fell in love with the flamingoes!

This is a place for wandering, walking, observing, and soaking up these unique surroundings.

I could have stayed for a few more days!




2 comments:

  1. Beautiful....I love that part of the island. Happy be-lated birthday!

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    1. I thought of you when we were there! Thanks for the bday wishes. Hope you are doing well!

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