Green, White, Red, and Blue

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Those were the colors of the flags we saw the next day.

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After our very full day in Siracusa and Ortigia, the beaches beckoned us once again. We headed to the south coast and the beaches of Pozzallo. Now, there are eight “blue flag” beaches in Sicily, and four are located in Pozzallo. What’s a blue flag?

Four beaches in Pozzallo have received the Blue Flag award by the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education), a prestigious award given to beaches which meet strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services.

Another blue flag location we enjoyed a few years ago was Pacuare Lodge in Costa Rica.

We walked for miles, enjoying the water, sun, and wide, sweeping, empty sand. Truly restorative!

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With a little message to la nostra nipotina, our granddaughter, Gemma. . .

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After our picnic lunch under a little palapa, we decided to drive further south to discover the southernmost point in Europe.

OK, so there’s some controversy. Maybe we should simply assert that we were at the southernmost tip of SICILY, because Lampedusa is further south.

Isola Della Correnti is another amazing beach, with just a few bathers. There’s a lighthouse, but not the northeast US type we know. The heat was more searing, and there was a more parched feel to the sun. Indeed, the latitude is further south than Tunisia!

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The 60 km stretch of beach from the Marina di Modica north to Scoglitti are the same beaches where the Allied forces landed during World War II. We thought of Uncle Felix, who was part of that landing, and returned from the war “shell shocked” , which today we’d know as PTSD.

The beaches will remain in our memory on many levels.

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