The Aeolian Islands & Taormina, Sicily

Traveler: Demet Muftuoglu Eseli – Co-Founder of ISTANBUL’74 & Creative Director 

When one arrives in Palermo you are instantly taken aback by an atmosphere akin to what you imagine the country of Sicily to be; a culture of Italian mafia, animated old women gossiping and the sun beating down against faded curtains that cover doors. We are about to begin our sailing trip across to the Aeolian Islands, purported to be the most beautiful islands not far from Napoli. This is my diary of the moments that I enjoyed with family and friends, where we will finally end out trip in Taormina, at the Grand Hotel Timeo.