Chasing the sunset in the Valley of the Temples, Agrigento

We arrived at the Valley of Temples in Agrigento, Southern Sicily, near opening time, and were still walking around late afternoon when a heavy rain drove us under a temporary shelter.  We waited it out reading a history of the Temples.  When the rain cleared we said, why not one more picnic at the Temple of Concord?  There we were, munching a can of barlotti beans, when the sun started to set.  The temple turned amber and raindrops fell off the ancient olive trees.  I said something intelligent, like “GAH!  THE LIGHT!”

We tossed out the beans and starting racing up the hill to see all the temples in the sunset.  They were bathed in amber, then orange, then tangerine. The landscape of silvery olive trees, the fading pink and white blossoms of the almond trees, the paddles of the cacti, the wildflowers, glowed.  We sprinted up up up to Temple of Juno.  The sky behind it was blue and shocking pink.  It faded to gray, it faded to burnt sienna.  We were covered in mud and we didn’t care.

How we got to Agrigento: train from Cefalù.

Where we slept: B&B Camere a Sud.  Price: €59 for a double.  Recommended: yes.

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Temple of Concord, 5th century BC

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Temple of Juno

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