Cefalù


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Another fantastic destination we had the pleasure of exploring in Sicily was Cefalù. When planning our summer trip, we were looking to visit a part of Sicily we’d yet to experience as a family.

While perusing online for accommodations, I had stumbled upon a listing that we could not pass up: a glorious treehouse on the water with a breathtaking view of the sea, which seemed like a piece of heaven that could only be dreamt of. With that, we booked immediately with great excitement for our next adventure. 

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Cefalù is a small ocean town dawned with breathtaking views, gracious locals, and fantastic fish and grocery markets. The treehouse was nothing like we’d ever stayed in before in all of our travels. There was a magnificent platform looking out towards the water, and direct access to the beach for all day swimming and lounging. The family hosting us lived just above our treehouse and were thoughtful guides and cherished friends to us throughout our stay. Their children played wonderfully with Astrid and Dimitri, and the parents and grandparents were phenomenal hosts and true friends to our family. 

We still keep in touch with this wonderful family, and you can find their listing here for your viewing and booking pleasure.

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When traveling, I find it vital to converse with the folks who live in town as often as I can. Our hosts and other locals so kindly recommended the markets we went to daily to prepare our meals, events and sights to see, and not to mention, the best spots for gelato. 

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There were several exciting events taking place during our stay in Cefalù. We stumbled upon a traditional beach gathering that was very exciting and entertaining to watch. Several fishermen participated in an epic challenge of walking across a very long oiled pole, as the pole was leveraged above the ocean. Thousands gathered around the beach to watch the challengers attempt to walk across the pole, only to fall into the water. The excitement amongst the crowd was infectious.

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Beatrice wears our Guajira Blouse in Pink Opuntia and Zingara Skirt in Adobe Opuntia.

The children put together a party on the beach below our treehouse, and decorated with palm trees and grass skirts to resemble Hawaii. Leis were made and adorned, and a fire was built for us all to share. 

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We were very lucky to be traveling in Cefalù during Ferragosto, an Italian national holiday celebrated throughout the country. Our host family were excited to celebrate with us, and the feeling was very mutual.

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Ferragosto lasts several days, and is generally in the second week of August. One of the reasons it’s such a treasured and special time is because of the frequency of shooting stars you’ll see in the nights’ sky. We were lucky enough to experience a few while night swimming!

 Beatrice wears our Baroque Pearl Earrings.

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With being away for many weeks during the summer, we often try and pack lightly so we can always bring treasures back with us. Astrid’s summer packing list always impresses me, as she is able to plan for several months what she’ll desire during our trip, all on her own. I asked her to share with us what she likes to include in her suitcase for our summer away.

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Astrid’s Packing List:
- Six swimsuits, three bikinis and three one pieces
- Three pairs of shorts
- All of my undergarments
- Two pairs of pants, one pair of lightweight jeans and one pair of cotton pants for  travel
- Water shoes
- Converse
- BV Sandalias for the plane
- Espadrilles that are usually bought at our destination
- A sun hat
- A couple of scrunchies and headbands
- I usually overpack with dresses but this year I will pack one sundress, one casual dress, and one nicer dress for special evening dinners
- Six tank tops
- Two crop tops
- Five t-shirts
- Flippers and goggles
- Two soft long sleeved shirts, one for travel
- Two light weight sweaters
- One heavier weight cotton sweater
- Two jackets, one light and one a bit heavier for the plane ride

 

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Beatrice wears our Pantelleria Dress in Saffron Opuntia.

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Farmacia Cirincione (pharmacy)

Pescheria Impero di A. Serio
Serio Antonino (Fish Shop)
Via Roma, 24, 90015 Cefalù PA, Italy
+39 0921 421497

Salumi e Formaggi (meat and cheese)
Via Roma 35
90015 Cefalù, Province of Palermo
Italy

Ortofrutta G. Grandeppieno (fruit and vegetables)
SS113, 86, 90015 Cefalù PA, Italy
+39 320 402 3145

Bar Duomo (great for coffee or aperitivo)
Piazza del Duomo, 24, 90015 Cefalù PA, Italy
+39 0921 421164

La Pergola Ristorante Bar Pizzeria (this is the one with the vine and grapes pergola)
Corso Ruggero, 1, 90015 Cefalù PA, Italy
+39 0921 820536