It seems that Ortygia gives up its secrets very gradually. At first glance there’s not much there but after five days we were still discovering cool new things down streets we didn’t know. My boyfriend said that Ortygia is a place that doesn’t sleep with you on the first date, unlike Venice, which puts everything on display. I’m thankful that it wasn’t like Rome which, if we’re going with this metaphor, just slaps you and steals your money 😉
There was this amazing beach. It’s not much to look at from a distance, but when I went down to dip my feet in the water I was amazed to see that it was covered in thousands of smooth pebbles of beach glass and bits of broken pottery!. We spoke to a local artist, who told us that the beach used to be closed off and used as an unofficial dump site. Fast forward to today and all that’s left is a million tiny pieces of smoothed glass.
Growing up by the sea in England, I’ve always loved collecting beach glass, but I’d never seen so much of it before. So many colours! So I tied my dress up around my knees and started collecting. I found so many interesting pieces. Apparently brown beach glass is the rarest, followed by royal blue, but there was just so much of it!. I have a million different ideas for what I could do with it. A mosaic for the bathroom, maybe? Or maybe it’ll look best in a jar? What do you think?
Also there’s the Anthropologie-esque ceramics which the region is famous for. I bought this red and turquoise mug which is my new favourite for coffee and it was only $9. Amazing. I’d highly recommend a visit!