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Going on honeymoon with Seable Holidays

Our Marketing and Communications Officer Kevin recently got married, and for his honeymoon he booked a trip to Sicily with an accessible holiday company called Seable Holidays. Kevin blogs about what it was like to go abroad with Seable.

“Kevin, hold out your hands. Can you feel the heat coming from the lava stone?” We are standing near the summit of Mount Etna, and Francesco our guide from Seable Holidays has just picked a few small lava stones off the ground and put them in my hand. I marvel at how warm they feel, despite the stiff breeze sweeping over us. I turn to my wife and say “Wow, this is amazing.” In awe at the experience.
We’re in the middle of our week-long honeymoon in Sicily that we booked with Seable holidays. Seable are an award-winning enterprise that organise accessible holidays for disabled people.

 

a plate of grilled octopus with a slice of lemon.
Booking the holiday was as simple as calling up Seable and choosing where we wanted to go and the activities we wanted to do. And what choice! From wine-tasting to wind surfing, we were amazed by the amount of activities we could pick.

Arrivals and Prosecco

Two hands clinking two glasses of Prosecco

After an early start and a quick and stress-free flight, Francesco was ready and waiting at arrivals to meet us. He took us to the car, and we enjoyed a pleasant journey to the B&B getting to know Francesco and learning a little about the history of Catania, the Sicilian town where we had landed. When we got to our room It was a really nice surprise to discover that Seable had given us a bottle of Prosecco in a bucket of ice as a honeymoon present. (Safe to say we made the most of that)!

The city gate to Catania.

The genius of local knowledge

Lunch followed, and this is where the genius of having a local person as our guide came in. Francesco took us to a small restaurant, where we enjoyed a light lunch of fresh fish, black rice, beans and salad. It was the first of many enjoyable meals, including delicious pastas, seafood dishes and local delicacies like Arancini (stuffed rice balls) that Francesco recommended to us.

Wine tasting

Kevin tasting wine at a dinner table.

The next day, Francesco drove us to a large farm on the slopes of Mount Etna. We met the farmer’s wife and sat around a beautiful glass dining table, set in the middle of the spacious, open-plan living room. She told us that the room we were in used to be a winery and went on to explain how they now produced their own wine since buying the farm 12 years ago. We then tried some of the red wine, which we had with an exquisite five course lunch. I think the taste was definitely enhanced by the fact many of the delicious ingredients and herbs used in the dishes were grown on the farm.

A view of the castle, Aci Castello.

From visiting an ancient monastery, and going around a restored Greek theatre, to going on a boat trip and swimming in the sea, the days that followed were full of discovery and joy.
One of my personal highlights, was going for a swim in the sea opposite the B&B with Francesco. When we decided to swim back to the shore, I kept veering off in the wrong direction, so Francesco suggested singing and swimming to help me hear where he was. You know what? It worked, and it wasn’t long before we were back on dry land.

a view of the sea from the balcony.

We also enjoyed the fact that from time to time Francesco left us to our own devices. Whether that was having some time to ourselves in the B&B or taking us to dinner and returning us after we had finished our meal.

We both had a wonderful honeymoon and would definitely recommend Seable to any couples, groups and families who want a holiday.

Fancy a break a little closer to home? The LOOK holiday flat in Scarborough is available to rent for visually impaired young people and their families. Situated just 2-minutes’ walk from the sea-front, our flat is the perfect place to stay for a short break by the sea. To book call 01432376314 or email info@look-uk.org

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