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Sep 18, 2018 - Siracusa

Drove to Siracusa and passed a glimpse of Mt. Etna. It was active which we are told is a good sign. Mostly white smoke with a bit of black. Once in Siracusa we toured some Greek ruins. We are having difficulty with the card reader for the camera. Fingers crossed we will be able to post some pictures again.

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Italian Islands 2018

Sep 18, 2018 - Ceramics and mosaics

Travelled out of Siracusa this morning, initially following the coast road. On the coast there were many signs of industry, especially what seemed to Ben oil refineries and possibly LPG facilities. The countryside showed well kept agricultural activities, orange and lemon groves, olive groves and even plantings of prickly pear and pomegranate. Our destination was Caltagirone, the centre of the ceramics industry and after a srptroll through a lovely park we visited the Museum of Ceramics where ceramics are arranged in rooms according to the...

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Sep 18, 2018 - Among the Greeks and Romans

so... here we are, in Taormina Sicily. How did we get here? by ferry. It took us a whopping 30 minutes to get from Italy to Sicily... almost like catching the Stockton ferry! The days that follow have been busy, interesting and very very hot. Each day has been around 30/31 degrees. Day one we visited a little village called Savaco. It is set high in the hills. Why did we visit this little village high in the hills? For one thing, it was to test the skills of our driver "super" Mario. He managed to get our 40+ seat coach around some hair...

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Sep 17, 2018 - Over On Capri

Today we catch a ferry to Isle of Capri. But first we must shop and wander the small alley ways of Sorrento. We purchase a few items....for ourselves lol - then make our back to our meeting point for the next part of our adventure. We find our shepherd and he leads us to our next mode of transport. Not so old 18 seater buses this time.These will take us to the ferry for our voyage across to the Isle of Capri. Debra and I are not doing any extra tours on Capri such as visiting the various grotto's - blue - green - white. We opt to have lunch...

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Sep 17, 2018 - They Put A Farm Here !???

After our ferry ride we are back on our not so old 18 seater buses to transport us to a farm for dinner. It would have been nice to return to the hotel then out to dinner but alas no... So we are all looking like bedraggled sheep dragging ourselves on to the buses with a quiet confidence that we arrive at a farm in good time. Our shepherd, Antonio is not on our bus and we dont have our headsets on. All of a sudden we pull up to a factory that does wood turning. The driver reverses into the carpark jumps out of his seat and tells us to get...

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Sep 17, 2018 - Sicily

A very early start as we had to leave the hotel at 5 am to catch the ferry in Valletta for a wo hour crossing to Sicily where we were met by our bus driver and guide. The first impression of Sicily was of citrus orchards, olive groves and vegetable growing, as well,as many trees and freestanding houses surrounded by gardens. Very easy on the eye after Malta which had little vegetation after a very dry summer other than prickly pear. Our first stop was Noto, known as the Baroque town, the original town having been destroyed in1693 by an...

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Sep 15, 2018 - Erice

We made it out of Palermo quite easily. We were able to walk for 25 minutes on the same street which was blocked off so down the middle of the street we went. We stopped at a Doric temple in Segesta and then could not enter Erice as it was on the top of a hill and there was a car race with many different classes so the only way in was by cable car. Road closed for both Saturday and Sunday. Erice is a nice town with many 15th,16th and 17th century buildings. We watched several cars finish the race on Saturday. Not a poor man's hobby.

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Sep 14, 2018 - Palermo, Sicily

After leaving the lovely city of Alghero, we traveled to Oristano via Bosa. We stayed at a period hotel. We were some of the fortunate ones where everything in our hotel room worked. On Wednesday, we stopped at the Roman ruins of Tharros. Yesterday we toured an archeology museum and then headed to the airport for a flight to Rome and then another to Palermo. Our first flight was late and then we missed the second one. There was room on a later flight so we arrived at our hotel about 10 pm. Today we toured the city with stops at several...

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Italian Islands 2018

Jun 10, 2018 - heading for the Adriatic

Wednesday 30 May After completing some provisioning and chores, we left Palermo and headed for Cefalu. Had to motor as there was little wind. The coast line, if you can see it through the humidity is really quite stunning – mountains and greenery. Coming in towards Cefalu you see the old medieval town with it’s imposing cathedral. The little cove in which we anchored off from the marina is truly stunning with its rocks (which the remains of a fortress) and surrounds. Even though there are holiday resorts around the cove it was still...

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our 2018 adventure

Jun 3, 2018 - continuing on.....

Wednesday 23 May Left mid morning and headed for Trapani where we hope to get some good provisioning in and access to chandlers and most importantly have the outboard looked at. Took up a morning near the boat services and the proceeded to investigate what is available. There was a Mercury service centre which we got directed to. We had problems finding it at first but then a kind mechanic drove us to the place, which we would never have found on our own. Gen described the problem (and in the process learned a few more technical terms in...

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our 2018 adventure

May 18, 2018 - Wine (and almond) tasting in Avola

Nero d'Avola has earned a special place in our hearts. On our transatlantic Costa cruise, we tried to order a bottle of Spanish wine on our first night and use a special program for a discount. Our waiter came back and said that we couldn't use the discount yet (we needed to sign up at the customer service desk), but that he could offer us the house wine instead. Nero d'Avola. We thought we'd give the Sicilian wine a try, and sure enough, we loved it. The next day, Fran saw a "Brindisi package" offered on the ship's deck, two bottles of the...

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May 15, 2018 - Old sights and old friends in Siracusa

Having grown up in Siracuse, New York, I was quite excited to see its namesake, Siracusa, Sicily. While researching places to see in Sicily, I discovered that Siracusa was reported to have been the most beautiful city of the ancient Greek world with lots to see, and we certainly did our best to cover all the highlights in the short time we had. We essentially had one day to check out the ancient island city of Ortygia (where we had found an airbnb apartment), a second day to see the archeological area located in the new part of town, and a...

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