Alphabet Challenge: T

I’ve signed onto The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2021.

The challenge is to blog the whole alphabet in April and write at least 100 words on a topic that corresponds to the letter of the day. 

Every day, excluding Sundays, I’m blogging about Places I Have Been. The last post will be on Friday, April 30 when I finally focus on the letter Z. 

T: Taormina

I visited Taormina, Sicily, in fall, 2004. I remember the place well but found surprisingly few notes in my travel journal. I probably soaked up the beauty of the town and didn’t feel the need to document the experience. 

The main section of Taormina looms high over the sea. In town, the white-washed store fronts sold flowers, fresh produce, art, and, made on the premises, cannoli. Hotel Caparena, where we stayed, is still in operation.

I recall walking on the deserted beach on a glorious sunny afternoon. I planted my feet at the water’s edge recording the waves of the Mediterranean sea on my cell phone. I listened to that recording for months after our trip. 

I later learned that Truman Capote had stayed at Villa Britannia in Taormina, another hotel still in operation. He felt New York City held too many distractions to write. 

I would love to have a room of my own in Taormina. 

By Marianna Crane

After a long career in nursing--I was one of the first certified gerontological nurse practitioners--I am now a writer. My writings center around patients I have had over the years that continue to haunt my memory unless I record their stories. In addition, I write about growing older, confronting ageism, creativity and food. My memoir, "Stories from the Tenth Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers" is available where ever books are sold.

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