The small part of Cefalù that sits high on the rocks, overlooking the Mediterranean sea. The perfectly square window in the centre of the photo allows me a direct view of the lighthouse as I sit on the couch of what feels like my very own lighthouse.
Fishing boats in the evening
This little beach provides my daily swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. Early this evening the clouds were dramatic and the lights just coming on gave the sand a lovely warm glow.
The imposing Duomo of Cefalù
Cefalù Duomo began in 1131 in the Norman Architecture style with Arabesque arches and is a perfect illustration of the various influences left by multiple invasions from the East and West.
I love the iron gateway above the steps to the cathedral and the two towers that dominate the skyline of Cefalù from a distance.
The other side of the village
A perfect vantage point to provide the setting context of the village of Cefalù is a very popular beach that is crowded in the Summertime but relatively empty as the weather cools off a little.
Just another alleyway
Cefalù is a network of little alleyways with cobbled streets, tall houses either side with washing hanging from the balcony flapping in the sea breezes. I'm always amazed at the feeling it evokes when walking through these alleyways, photos just can't capture it but Sometimes they show a glimpse.
The Fishing Net Mender
This old guy's thick gnarled hands manage to delicately mend even the finest weave of the nets.
The 'Bee', or Ape (ahpay) as they are called, have served the small towns of Italy since shortly after the second world war. This is a more modern version but old and new models are everywhere, doing everything. I just love seeing them.
The old boys
Every afternoon the park bench overlooking the Piazza of the Duomo has the privilege of giving these guys a place to watch the world from, or check Facebook.
Only survivor of the four doors that opened along the city walls surrounding Cefalù. Who can resist taking a photo of the beach through an arch in an old city wall?
I saw this scene in a courtyard through an archway and I just fell in love with it. The old mossy stairs, and the way they turn so you can see their edge peeking through the banister made of small, thin red bricks.
A Mediterranean storm can arrive so quick and so fierce, I do hope that boat got to shelter before it hit a few minutes later. No wonder there were so many shipwrecks in the classical writings. It was over and gone within an hour but it sure would have been enough to cause a sinking.
The Lighthouse at Cefalù
I love seeing the lighthouse from my place and especially love the sight of it at daybreak.
Balcone Sul Mare
I just love this photo taken from the tiny balcony of my bedroom. The Mediterranean is so clear and the colour is almost edible.
The Cemetery Chapel
A small chapel in the Cefalù cemetery isn't much bigger than many of the family mausoleums that make up the cemetery. There is symmetry to it but then the other half just falls short of true symmetry.
There are no mere gravestones here, only various mausoleums that seem to be vying for grandeur. They are mostly well attended with fresh flowers and recent paint but a few that have fallen to neglect in recent times.