After a whirlwind of a term at uni – summer is finally here!! And having kept myself busy for the first two weeks working for a gallery in London, the thought of our family holiday – sailing around the Aeolian islands and Amalfi coast – had been a source of much anticipation.
Having caught an obscenely early flight to Catania, Sicily, we arrived at the beautiful catamaran we would call home for the next two weeks. Here is a picture of me on said catamaran because the weather is nice and the backdrop is pretty sick.
We were greeted with a glorious and typically Mediterranean lunch prepared by two members of our wonderful crew, Ciccio and Riccardo.
Full to the brim with all varieties of mozzarella, and cured meats, we set off out into Sicily to explore.
A highlight was certainly the ancient ruins, and in particular the Greek theatre in Tindari. The town itself had been founded by Dionysius the Elder, tyrant of Syracuse in 396 BC. In 36 BC the city was conquered by Agrippa, an admiral of the fleet of Augustus, and it is likely that the architectural ruins you can see in these pictures date from his rule.
My outfit was very much thrown together at the last minute – the skirt and bralette are both from Hollister (the exact ones have sold out but I’ve linked similar ones here). The shoes, which were purchased in Porto, Portugal are by a fabulous brand called @danielalimadl – definitely check out their Instagram for some accessory inspo.
We watched the sunset at Milazzo, then set sail for Vulcano, and then Lipari, with a glass of rosé in hand. As it’s our favourite summer beverage – we were delighted to hear that every island produces its own – so we won’t be getting bored.
Vulcano, famous for the pungent sulphurous fumes emitted by its volcano, was named after the Roman God as this was believed to be his home. If you can put up with the smell of sulphur, it’s certainly worth a visit for its scenery and shopping.
Having moored and dined in Lipari, at a wonderful fish restaurant called Filippino, serving sea bass which could feed six people, we strolled back to our boat for a family game of cards. A rather blissful first day.
My sky blue slip is from Kitsch, Aix-en-Provence. You can have a look at more of their products on Instagram.