The beach and sunbathing played crucial elements in my 10 days trip to Sicily (I wrote about the sea HERE in the previous post) some doubts were justified when I literally got shocked by every single cloud appearing on the blue sky. The day of our arrival brought some clouds and while enjoying the first lunch with my new family I couldn’t help but wonder about the afternoon’s weather. I desperately asked them if they watched the weather forecast and they just smiled at me, sniffed around and said: no rain. Their confidence seemed promising however the lightning above the mountains raised the doubt in me as instead of sniffing I trust weather news.
During our post-lunch siesta they bursted out laughing when seeing my face as I spotted the sun coming out slowly but surely. They live in perfect harmony with nature and there is no need for weather forecast to know how the day will unfold. During our holiday we had some cloudy days but they were rather cloudy moments with maximum 5 mins rain before the sun came out again.
I will never forget the steady worry of each family member for my pale skin as they warned me of the dangers to go under the sun. Of course I arrived prepared to this trip with 30 and 50 SPF lotions from Avon which protected me every day except one. On the second day of our stay we decided to shoot some sport images on the beach and since it was planned to be a short shooting at 11 am, I did not put any sunlotion on. It was proved to me a big mistake. Though I felt the heat of the sand and the sweat running down my forehead but due to the light sea breeze I did not notice what was happening with my shoulders and back. Only in the afternoon I felt the burning pain on the beach while I put on the lotion and it was too late, I got sunburnt. Luckily the aloe vera bushes from the garden of our villa seemed to help easing my pain by the next morning but from then on I never stepped out of the house without the proper protection, lesson learned!
Tanning products: Avon
Photo: Marco Di Giovanni