On most trips, the amount that we got done today would have been exceptional, but it felt like an off day for us given how much we have been doing. I mean we visited the tomb of Pirandello and explored Porto Empedocle, went to the temples and museum at Agrigiento, and walked around Ragusa. That is a heck of a lot to do. As cool as all the things that we did today were, my favorite moment was when we were walking back from Pirandello’s tomb and spotted the flock of sheep and their shepherds.
For one, it was a beautiful day and so the sight of a flock of sheep was just the cherry on top for the pretty scene. Also, the shepherds were in a pretty built up area. Pirandello’s tomb is not out in the middle of nowhere. You can’t tell it from my photo, but there is a lot of buildings around there. It was a contrast of style and time between the old agriculture and rustic lifestyle of Sicily against the more industrial surroundings of Porto Empedocle.
As for the temples of Agrigiento. You already know from the Acropolis that the Greeks loved to put their temples in places where they could be easily seen, and the temples at Agrigiento stretch out over a plateau that makes them almost visible from the ocean. These temples were some of the most well-preserved ones that we saw, down to the fact that the walls are still burnt because the Carthaginians burned the wooden interior to the ground when they invaded over 2,000 years ago. One temple that was never actually completed was so audacious in its planning that I don’t think it had any hope of ever actually being completely.
Today was one of the heaviest driving days of the trip as we drove from Agrigiento to Ragusa in the southwest. A lot of the time when we were riding on the bus during the trip I would just sit back and laugh. I was in freaking Sicily. It is the point of the trip where that should have worn off, but instead the feeling has only intensified.