Sicilian holidays report of the bear crew
It started with… an undecided
bunny girl standing in front of her wardrobe. Holidays always use to begin this
way. Endless rows of males will agree immediately. I’m sure!
In the end she gave me an in
my opinion huge case, remarking : “ Daddy, I only took the essential clothes,
the unnecessary things I left behind.” Absorbed in thought all these clothes
originated before my very eyes! Panic got to my fur! What if the humans would
think WE BEARS are completely unnecessary? Therefore I made my decision. I took
the case in the sleeping room, opened it and then I poured out everything! What
a fantastic feeling! Freedom is the right to wear as less as could be!
When I handed a small rucksack
over to mum, I declared to her that’s all we three need for two weeks. This
brought a happy smile upon my beloved humans face. Yes, you have guessed right,
this gave her the opportunity for adding some more of her essential things!
That’s life, ladies will always win this game I consoled daddy.
Later on the plane daddy took
us outside and we had a fantastic view down to the Alps. The snow fields were
sparkling in the sun and we bears were very impressed. When we reached the
coastline of the Italian mainland, clouds prevented more views. But when we
landed we caught a nice view of the Aetna, the big Sicilian volcano.
After two hours drive in a
mini bus (8 persons) we arrived at the gates of the fabulous Acacia Hotel
Resort. What an overwhelming view we got coming out of the rucksack! A
beautiful panorama view across tropical gardens, huge pool facilities and the
amazing blue sea! A fantastic place to stay for two weeks!
We bears established ourselves
taking over a part inside humans wardrobe. The kids were a bit sad, but when we
got our first Italian ice cream bowls in front of our noses, the holidays
Our thoughts are always with
my sweet bumblebee and we held contact with her when hum mum had internet
connections at the hotel lobby.
We observed the humans on
their walk around from our high point of view. When the humans returned from
their walk around the resort’s area we made ourselves at home outside on the
terrific Italian loggia. We enjoyed the pleasant view, comfortable seats, nice
breeze and fresh mineral water.
Hum Daddy talked to us about
playing on the beach. At home he promised us to help building a sand castle and
bears. But now he had to destroy our expectations.
“Sorry bears “ he said, “ but
the beach is really not what you would call a sandy one. There are mostly
stones on the beach and even leading into the water. We regret, but no sand
buildings will be possible. Mum and I even can’t get into the sea for swimming,
because we can’t manage to watch our steps across the stones. Yes, we have
special shoes, but they won’t protect us for bending our legs having a bad
fall. Don’t be sad teddies.”
Stroking our furs he explained
the reasons for this kind of Sicilian speciality of stony beach. Well...something
about the stony beach:
“Sicily is a big island born
in ancient times from huge volcanoes. The biggest one is still alive and
'burping' quite often. It's the volcano Aetna, located in the north/east of
Sicily. It's a real big area and it took a whole day to drive around. Mum and I
have been on the volcano 4 years ago and it's been very impressing. Busses
bring you up to about 2,000 meters level and to go even higher up to 3,000
meters you need booking guided tours. We haven't been up to the top...it's too
dangerous for our old bones… hehehe, and it's high expensive: about 150,00 Euro
for 2 persons!
But back to the stony beaches
around Sicily. The reason for the absence of fine and sandy beaches is the
volcanic origin. You won't find a nice sandy beach on Sicily. But it's o.k. as
long as a huge sea-water pool is there to have a swim or nice relaxing time.
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December 15th 2014
Here it comes! The holiday report
“The first dinner buffet was
excellent!” Humans told us about all these delicious food and we felt immediately
hungry as a wolf. But “voilà, here comes your bear sized dinner,” saying so,
daddy conjured up some delicacy treats for the youngsters & me.
We had quite a few dreams this
first night. When we woke up the other day, the sun was shining brightly on the
blue sea! What an amazing view!
Bunny Jane, Chrissy and I got
seated on the loggia while our humans took their shower and made all those humans
treatments humans essentially need for getting presentable to others of their
species. Makes us laugh again and again!
Well, and then the busy day
started with the breakfast buffet. Humans enjoyed this on the beautiful outdoor
facilities of the restaurant.
They had to hurry up. At 9.30
a.m. the travel agency’s local guide had her welcome for the newcomers. Returning
to our room humans presented two tickets for a bus tour to Palermo, the capital
of Sicily on upcoming Thursday.
But then the activities must
had to come to an end. Mum and dad changed their clothes into bathing robes.
What a sight! I mean humans have nearly no own fur (only daddy has some hair
remains on his head and sparse on his body) and a glance on them in their swimming
clothes really made us bears burst into laugh!
We bears took place on the
loggia and stared at the pool. When our humans came into view they looked like
two swimming old seals! So funny honey! We sat there poking in each other sides
not being able to stop laughing! Unfortunately we couldn't operate the video camera
as this was locked inside the safe. Your entertainment could be guaranteed!
For the humans it was very
comfortable just to come up to the room with their wet bathing robes and then
taking a shower and getting refreshed.
Time came for when they went
down to the restaurant for their first dinner. They had half-board and a comfortable
table has already been reserved at a nice place. The buffet was amazing! You
could find there all these various Italian delicious antipasti (warm and cold)
followed by fresh homemade variations of pasta. The buffet seemed to be
endless. One room after the other did refer to over boarding opulent tables.
Every dish was homemade and freshly served and at once refilled by request.
There you could find different
sorts of roast and fried beef, pork or chicken; various fishes, prawns and octopus
followed by the soup of the day.
There is no doubt about: the
highlight has been the dessert creations! Of course those changed daily and
words cannot describe the masterpieces of the pastry cooks! Delicious...Sicilian
"dolce" at its BEST!
Well, we decided not to repeat
ourselves with the reports about the wonderful dinner buffets. They only differed
from the day before in the food variants, not in the presentations.
From the first dinner up till
the farewell dinner the order of events remained similar. Our humans went to
dinner at 7.30 p.m. enjoyed their fantastic dinner including a bottle of
fabulous Sicilian white wine and a big bottle of water. When they finished
their dinner they either went outside and found themselves a nice seat in the
garden or went upstairs to their room and got seated on the loggia. Every
evening the hotel offered some life entertainment. The best place to enjoy
these was the conveniences of the private loggia, lazy sitting on the comfortable
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January 13th 2015
Well, thank you for following the story. Here is the last part of the diary. Enjoy your read!
The daily evening performances
were quite colourful. The program started with the appearance of a disguised
member of the hotel's
entertainment crew. Giuseppe took care of the kids during the day at the
hotel's Kindergarten. In the evening all these kids impatiently waited for him
to pop up in his latest disguise.
For instance he appeared as
Tweety or Sylvester, a pirate, a musketeer, an old Roman noble or wearing a historical
Sicilian costume. The kids were invited to follow him either on a treasure hunt
or other activities.
About 9.30 p.m. was the
beginning of the entertainment shows. We laughed and were surprised by a
magician who even conjured up a white rabbit. The little cutie looked so fluffy
and tame. But we worried about its security. Mum and dad assured us that nobody
would do any harm to the rabbit. Hope they are right.
The other night a young
Italian rock group played quite interesting songs. Next evening a Sicilian
traditional folk dancers group followed. And the program continued every night
with another musician performance like a classical string group. Saturday was
disco night and Marco acted as the disc jockey. The music...well, not quite our
favourites, but the guests enjoyed dancing and fooling around in little quests
and line dancing.
But one damage is still
remaining since then: Marco's voice in the background of the old disco songs really
did some harm to every ones ears. When
"YMCA" is been heard from the radio we ALL get nervous as we're expecting
the voice of Marco joining the singer..."YMCA...yeah..aha..."
Another member of the
entertainment crew Vince (Vincenzo) gave a short Michael Jackson performance.
Very good we must admit! When we talked to him the other day he surprised with
the confession of being a member of 12 young men group performing a Michael
Jackson show at Rome. He and his fiancé Sabrina are living at Rome and both are
students at a dance academy there.
Well, you are wondering why
mum has been able to talk to them so easily? The reason is funny and simple.
Vince was born at New York and his parents were emigrants from a little
Sicilian village. He just came over for visiting his Italian relatives, but
then love came around the corner named Sabrina. That's the way life is!
The humans became acquainted
with two German ladies, a mother at mum's age and her beautiful daughter, aged
26. On some evenings they enjoyed a nice long drink sitting at the garden
facilities, getting entertained by the artists.
We think you've got a pretty
good idea about our evenings at the beautiful Acacia Resort facilities.
But what about our days you
may ask? Well, at this point it comes up ... yeah... it's time for a
confession. Stay brave and being tough, here it comes:
Those lazy humans did...it's
quite unbelievable, but nevertheless TRUE, NOTHING than having a good and relaxing
time! Just finding themselves one of the camp beds in a nice shady place at the
pool. There they prepared for a 'busy' day with books, I-pods and blankets.
Every single day the same boring procedure! But they looked so HAPPY! They
enjoyed themselves such a lot relaxing, reading, swimming, drinking water and cappuccino...!
We won't bother you with
repeating ourselves so keep this picture in your mind when imagining the daily
But ONE highlight is worth to
be talked about: our tour to Palermo, the capital of Sicily and the monastery
The bus picked us up at 8.30
a.m. in front of the hotel's gate. Then we drove straight to the huge monastery
and cathedral situated upon this big mountain with the same name.
Oh my bear! There were
numerous steps up from the parking lot to the city's centre and the cathedral "Duomo
Santa Maria la Nuova". You had to pay for entering.
Our tour guide, a born
Sicilian but raised up at Germany handsome guy, was very good informed. He was
a professor for art and history and it was a pleasure to listen to him.
He explained all these
paintings and coloured glass painted windows, but unfortunately we couldn't
store these information into our small bear heads. Sorry!
The only fact we recall is
that the Emperor Barbarossa (a German King of the Stauffer dynasty) was crowned
there. He and his wife are buried at Palermo's big cathedral.
To be honest: we only remember
old stones, musty air and many people!
Palermo is very noisy, dirty
and the traffic is incredible! During the break, our humans found themselves a
nice ristorante and we had some delicious ice cream bowls, cappuccino and
When it was time for hopping
on the bus, we all were very happy to escape from the heat. The next and last aim
was an unexpected scary one, the "Convento dei Cappuccini".
This monastery accommodates a
macabre underground gallery with 8,000 corpses, most of them became mummies by
The monks were setting up this
burial gallery after the monastery's establishment in 1621. Monks, men, women
and children are buried in separate departments. Mostly inside coffins, but the
others are standing fully dressed up in their Sunday's best clothes along the
walls like macabre puppets. Eeeekksss....
This special kind of burial
practices was very expensive and only the wealthy people of Palermo could afford
it. The families regular visited the dead corpses and changed their clothes.
What a scary and macabre idea!
Because of hygienic reasons
this practices were prohibited by law in 1881. But kept as secret burials some
rich families continued until last century's
Burnie was still trembling
when we drove back to the hotel. The humans had quite scary dreams the other
night as well as we bears. No more scary monasteries!
After this macabre excursion
we spent the rest of our holidays with business as usual: easy, lazy and comfy!
Two wonderful weeks at this
beautiful resort came to end. We left by a new mini bus and had a nice 2 hours
drive to Catania airport on the southern part of the island.
Everything was perfect: the
flight was calm, the sight fantastic (we spotted the peaks of the Alps). And in
the light of the setting sun we landed at Berlin-Tegel airport.
The taxi drove us home, where
all family members were awaiting us with a big "Hello and welcome"!