One could write pages about Sicily, but few could summarize its essence as well as John Julius Norwich:
"The history of Sicily—as I have remarked more than once—is a sad one, because Sicily is a sad island. [...] And yet, for all its troubled history, Sicily remains a jewel. Nowhere else in the world will you find such a wealth of monuments from so wide a variety of civilizations—Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman, German, French, Spanish, Neapolitan—gathered in so small a space and combined with so much that is Sicily’s own: the dazzling baroque, for example, of Noto, Ragusa and Modica, the almost unbelievable stucco work of Giacomo Serpotta, even the traditional puppet theater which, quite apart from its very considerable entertainment value, helps immeasurably in our understanding of the Sicilian people and their past." (Norwich, J. J., Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of History). The only thing he forgets is the magnificent landscapes.
Scotish comedian Billy Connolly once said that "there are two seasons in Scotland: June and Winter." It seems that in 2016 June came in July. Scotland met us with an unusual heatwave, however as we left urban centres for more wild north, cold and rain were making their way back.