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Sep 26, 2018 - Messina, Sicily

We woke up Wednesday morning to pretty iffy weather – no rain, just iffy – and while Dave and Kathy met up with a friend of theirs that lives in Messina, the 4 of us shared a cab with a couple from Ireland and headed to Taormina, about 45 minutes south. All of the cruise ships offer an excursion to Taormina for a couple reasons. First, there ain’t much to see in Messina, secondly it’s near where the Godfather movies were filmed and lastly, because it is just awesome. It is exactly what you would expect to see in Sicily...little shops along...

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Sep 25, 2018 - At sea enroute to Sicily

Tuesday was our first sea day – I love me some sea days – as we cruised east between Sardinia and Tunisia and on to Messina, Sicily. If you remember back to high school geography class, you might recall that mainland Italy is shaped like a boot and right at the toe of the boot is the island of Sicily and if the boot were to kick Sicily, that is where Messina is. There will be a test later so remember that. Ken, Lisa and Michele took advantage of their sea day to attend a glass blowing class on board...conducted by a company from...

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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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Oct 3, 2017 - Messina, Italy

This morning we cruised by the Island of Stromboli and its village. Stromboli is an active Volcano so no sure why anyone would want to live on this tiny island, but they do. Then we made Port in Messina, Sicily and took a tour with three other couples that covered places the Godfather movies were filmed. Throughout the tour it rained on and off. We first went to the Village of Savoca (known as Corleone in the movie) and apparently bears no resemblance to the real village of Corleone. Visited Vitelli's Bar where Michael Corleone asks to...

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Adriatic Cruise

Nov 3, 2016 - Messina Sicily - Jewel of the Seas

Took a shore tour on Sicily and it was enjoyable. Our first stop was Mount Etna. Mount Etna is an active volcano on the east coast Sicily between the cities of Messina and Catania. It is the tallest active volcano in Europe at 10,922 feet high, though this varies with summit eruptions. Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. Luckily, it wasn’t very active while we were there because we were out walking around on top of it. It reminded me a lot of the lava from the volcanoes...

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Retired at Last!

Sep 20, 2015 - Sicily - September 16th

After leaving the Port of Civitavecchia(Roma), we sailed overnight to Sicily and the city of Messina. We decided to take a wine tasting tour to the St. Michelle winery which lies at the base of Mt. Etna, one of the 3 most active volcanos in the world. Our tour guide Mauritzio, said you can ski the mountain and swim in the sea all within the same 12 hour time period. The range of temperatures and variety of soil types results in a large variety of plant life. Within the same garden we saw lemon and lime trees, prickley pears and walnut and...

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Sep 15, 2015 - refugees, traveling in the right direction

Our last day on the Aeolian islands, we had to wait until 14:30 for the ferry to depart, so we thought, it's a good plan to drive a few times around the island, for sight-seeing....and shopping..... The south-coast revealed a beautiful view on the island Volcano, with its peninsular Porto Volcano. As a general rule, before arriving at the osservattorio, I had to drive the wrong way first, squeezing my car between stones, houses and cars. Why do wrong roads always narrow? Anyway, back at the port, we queued-up for the ferry, as the first...

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CLOET Industries™

Dec 6, 2014 - Messina, Sicily

Sat. 6 Dec.r2014 Weather:- 19Degrees/Sunny Messina, Sicily 8:00 18:00h 10 h Another bad night for me resulted in the decision to ABANDON SHIP I again had not one wink of sleep all night my coughing had come back with a vengeance. I had checked out on the Internet that you can catch a train from ‘Messina Centrale’ Station straight to ‘Roma Termini’ (yes, I know there is some ocean in between the two). In order to break our journey due to medical reasons I had to see the Dr. first. I think the lady Dr. was about to put her arms around me...

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Med. Melodies Encore

Sep 19, 2014 - Messina,Sicily

What a day! New best day ever. We had planned a private tour with about 13 other people. Turns out the guy who planned the tour booked with 2 companies. 7 went with Mario of www.sicilywithmario.com and the other 8 went with the other company. So our day started out a bit later and with a bit of stress. Mario was great, we went to Castlemonte first. Way up high in the hills an incredible little village that has been there for hundreds of years, literally carved out of rock with walls that have been repaired with bits and pieces of brick and...

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Europe 2014

Nov 9, 2013 - Messina and Mount Etna

November 9, Messina, Sicily, Italy We had a sea day between Crete and Messina and Grammar can remember very little about it! She does know that it was such a short run that they only ran the ship on one of its four engines so that we did not go too fast. We also did some extra distance up the east coast of Italy because you cannot run below a certain speed. Who knew that!! Once in Messina, we had very clear views – unusual so we were told – of Calabria, the southern province of Italy. Messina did not appear to be hugely interesting. It has...

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Oct 25, 2013 - Messina, Sicily

This entry and all of the following entries were written at home since WIFI access was not availale and the ships WIFI was $0.75 per minute and it was extremely slow, taking some people up to six to ten minutes just to log on. In addition the author had a nasty cold for over a week and simply didn't feel like writing. We arrived in Messina at 0800 and we took a bus tour and the tour description follows: "Your tour begins with a visit of Taormina, a village full of medieval charm and character. You'll have approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes...

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Oct 24, 2013 - At Sea Heading for Messina, Italy

Today is an “At Sea Day” as we move from Koto to the island of Sicily and the town of Messina, Italy. At 1000 we walked to the ships theatre where we listened to the ships excursions director as he described the various onshore excursions available in the remaining ports of call for this portion of our cruise. These ports include Naples, Italy; Civitavecchia, Italy (Port used for access to Rome); Florence, Italy; Provence, France; and Barcelona, Spain where this portion of the cruise ends and the second portion begins. After the lecture we...

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