I know I’ve been promising this for a while, but the photo galleries for Sicily, It’s Not Quite Tuscany are now online for your viewing pleasure. Just click on the “Galleries” tab, above, and choose a chapter from the drop-down menu. (Chapters 11-20 are coming soon!)
The photos cover most of the incidents from the book, so if you’ve not read it yet, you’ll be able to look at the images and pretend you have. Regrettably, there’s no photo of Gill cutting my hair with her infamous “trepanning” technique and none of our Vespa crash or resulting injuries. (What sort of journo am I?) However, you do get some bonus photos of things that don’t appear in the book – such as this awesome pair of Cannibal Power slippers I bought in the Catania markets against my wife’s express wishes. (The bone in the cannibal’s hair even glows in the dark!)
One thing: please forgive the photo quality. The Sicily trip was a few years ago now, and my camera was a dinosaur: a one-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot. It cost me around $700 at the time; now you can get them on eBay for $6.99. Not that you would.
For completeness’ sake, below are the two photos I took immediately prior to and after our year in Sicily: first, a pelican that I shot (you know what I mean) on Ballina’s Richmond River shortly before driving up to Brisbane for the flight to Rome; second, sunrise at my parents’ farm in the Byron Bay hinterland, the morning after our return. Living in Catania, in retrospect, had been a brilliant experience. But it was nice to be home in northern New South Wales – until Dad asked me to hand-pick all the macadamia nuts that had washed down the hill in the winter rain and settled in three feet of mud at the bottom of the gully.