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Oct 12, 2017 - Cruising in Sicily

A short taxi ride to the port in Reggio and we joined the queue, bought a ticket for the ferry to Messina in Sicily. The smooth 7 km ride takes 30 minutes across the Messina Straits. A short walk to the station and jumped on a train to Catania. Catania sits at the base of Mt Etna. She is puffing smoke, but has decided to be moody and hide under cloud for our entire stay in Catania. So the tour on an old train around the base is not worth it, neither is the 4 wheel drive all day excursion to the cone at the summit.. In 1669, Etna erupted and...

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Oct 11, 2017 - Food market

The photos are self explanatory. Just an amazing display of fresh food. I need a kitchen to start cooking now....... The fish mongers, mostly men, stand behind their stalls, cutting, gutting, even gutting and removing the spine of sardines with their fingers - no knife, whilst they talk amongst themselves. As you walk from stall to stall, this friendly market place smells of freshly chopped garlic and crushed herbs. After this mouth watering feast for your eyes, we took a hop on , hop off bus tour to see the sights of Catania. It was...

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May 9, 2017 - Catania - at the foot of Mt Etna

Catania - May 8-14 After three weeks with our kids, grandkids and extended family in Italy, you would think that we would be more prepared for, and relishing, the quiet and solitude. Instead, we find ourselves wishing our kids and grandkids were still with us to experience this part of Sicily as well. After they were whisked off for their flight home from Palermo, we finished our packing and trudged to the train station in Palermo for the 3 hour train ride to Catania. Joanne had "the sads" and had quite a few moments with tears. Catania is...

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Jun 9, 2016 - Catania

Elton cooked up the rest of the back bacon and eggs for breakfast. We ate out on the balcony again, so relaxing. We packed up the car, said goodbye to old dog and headed down the highway. Driving down the highway in the middle of nowhere we see a sign.. Outlet Mall Sicilian..... pull over. So we shop for the afternoon, picked out a couple pairs of shoes and sat and had lunch. As we had lunch a storm came over head.. directly ... we watch the rain fall till it stopped and went back to buy our shoes. The storm had knocked out the internet...

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Jan 26, 2015 - Catania, Socilyi

It rained heavily again during the night accompanied by thunder & lightning but it was nice & sunny by the morning. In fact, too sunny, as we drove East towards Catania the sun was low & directly in our eyes plus reflecting up off the wet roads. We had left early after thanking the boss for our free night stop, he wouldn't accept any payment. We reached the outskirts of Catania & stopped at a massive shopping centre where we had a bit of fun even finding a place to park. They had acres of empty car park areas but all with low barriers that...

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Nov 5, 2014 - Goodbye Sicily

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD What terrific weather we had during our month-long stay in Sicily! Once again the pattern continues; it seems that whenever we are ready to leave a travel destination the rainy weather sets in and hurries us on our way. However, this time there was a twist to our departure. We woke up to cloudy skies and no view of Mt. Etna on our last day in Taormina. Just after making our way onto the major motorway that links the northeast coast with Catania, the skies opened up with torrential downpours and obliterated our...

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Oct 15, 2014 - Catania Cuisine

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Sicily chapter on Food and Drink has to say about Sicilian cuisine: “If food isn’t already one of your prime motivations for visiting Sicily, it should be! Over the centuries, Sicilian chefs have combined culinary influences from mainland Italy, north Africa, and countless other places, with tasty and unexpected indigenous twists to create a unique cuisine, one of the world’s most magnificent. Hit Catania for one of Sicily’s most beloved first courses, pasta alla Norma (pasta topped...

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Oct 10, 2014 - Catania

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Sicily has to say about Catania: “Catania is a true city of the volcano. Much of it is constructed from the lava that poured down the mountain and engulfed the city in the 1669 eruption in which nearly 12,000 people lost their lives. It is also lava-black in colour, as if a fine dusting of soot permanently covers its elegant buildings, most of which are the work of baroque master Giovanni Vaccarini. He almost single-handedly rebuilt the civic centre into an elegant...

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Jul 21, 2014 - Arriving in Catania

It was a long flight but I was happy to see my bike arrive in good shape at Catania airport. It took a while to unwrap and put it together, trying desperately to remember what the bike shop guy had told me, and while doing so a couple of guys came over and curiously started asking me questions in Italian. I wish I could have engaged with them more than smiles and hand gestures. Once together, mapless, I headed east towards the coast and then north into central Catania. Along the way I stopped at one little marina and old guys and kids...

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May 5, 2014 - Malta4/Catania, Sicily

Early start; I took the opportunity for an early morning walk to the Floriana area checking out the Statue of Independence, the Masters Garden, the Grand Harbor and St Publius church (another church well supported by the local community reflecting exceptional wealth). We snacked for breakfast in the hotel before venturing to the Palace Armoury and State Rooms. As the State Rooms are not open until 10am, we viewed the two rooms of the Armoury containing personal armour, weapons and guns from the period of the Turkish siege in 1565. Not a...

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Jun 26, 2013 - Catania, Sicily

The first couple of photos are from our hotel room in Cairo overlooking the Nile. Julieann forgot to give them to me before I closed out the Egypt journal, but here they are for your viewing enjoyment. I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but the European airlines’ baggage rules are harsh. Depending on the airline, in addition to the one-piece-of-baggage-restriction is the size and weight of that one piece. Thinking you can put a bunch of stuff into your carry-on to avoid the weight allowance problem with that one piece of checked...

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Aug 3, 2012 - Sicily - Catania

25th July 2012 (Bed 54) With only a limited time to explore Catania and its surrounds, we thought that Marty & Ray would enjoy Mt Etna and the beautiful town of Taormina. Our journey up the winding roads to Mt Etna took us nearly 2 hours. The many eruptions that had taken place over the years, one as recently as early 2012, left visible signs of the damage that it had inflicted. Once we reached the base of the volcano, a 15 minute chairlift ride took us mid way up the mountain which gave us a spectacular view of the surroundings. Arthur &...

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