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Nov 8, 2018 - Siracusa, Sicily, Italy

Since we were at sea this morning sailing to Sicily, we had a lecture on the Mafia. Very interesting how crime syndicates can rule a country. You will see a "Godfather" t-shirt we saw in a shop. It was a beautiful sunny day!! Finally!! We had a walking tour through the city; visiting a beautiful cathedral. Siracusa was part of a Greek colony in the eight century BC. Before the colony settled in what we know as Siracusa today. Europe's oldest ritual baths can be found in the Jewish quarter. And of course, Silvia had a surprise for us again....

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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 be 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 stroll through a lovely park we visited the Museum of Ceramics where ceramics are arranged in rooms according to the...

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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 two 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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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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May 11, 2018 - Siracusa

Friday 11th May: Today was an optional tour to Siracusa which we decided not to miss. So we were on the bus again by 8am. On reaching Siracusa the first stop was the Neapolis Archeological Park where we met our guid, Elisabet. She took us through the park and showed many remains from ancient Greek rule. The Greek Theatre was similar to that in Taormina, although bigger seating 15000, in that it was carved out of the rocky hillside. It is still used today for Greek tragedies and comedies. Further along the path was the remains of the...

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Oct 14, 2017 - Last day in Sicily

Our last day in Sicily. The sun is shining as usual. Can’t believe the weather has been so fabulous. Saturday morning is busy here in Siracusa. Just a short walk over the bridge to Ortigia is the fresh food market. The fish are not as spectacular as Catania, but the fresh produce, dried goods and spices are gorgeous. We have bought 2 litres of water and some fruit, dried figs, almonds and a bit of dark Sicilian chocolate to munch on the 8 hour train journey tomorrow. Hopefully there will be vendors on the train selling coffee shots at steep...

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Oct 13, 2017 - Southern Sicily - Siracusa

After some delay of trains, we finally caught a train to Siracusa. We were entertained by group filming this baby sitting in a remote controlled convertible, looking a lot like a minature Grace Kelly. We passed through extensive gas,and oil storage areas. Floating oil investigation rigs moored at big jetties, along with many naval vessels. This part of the world was most significant in WW2. The Americans did a landing down here, and chased out the Germans and axis forces (Italians) from here. Catania is more old world, and gives a feel of...

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Oct 11, 2017 - Catania

Just A few more foodie pics and others. After our market visit, we found this fab restaurant and they had an incredible array of food. And there were vegetables! Love Giana and Marco. Thanks to every one for the birthday wishes. I did have a splendid birthday in Calabria! Love Giana and Marco x

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May 6, 2017 - Sleepless in Siracusa

Hello, again, finally. I have been somewhat subdued (and sleepless) over my six night stay here in Siracusa as I have had a bad head cold. It hit me in Palermo, after almost three weeks on the road; my body just telling me that I needed to slow down. My Turkish bath experience in Palermo was, in part, an effort to sweat the cold from my body that was not successful. In Siracusa I have had the pleasure of the company for three days of my Melbourne friend, Gloria, and her American cousins (Frank and Teresa), all of whom are travelling around...

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Jul 30, 2012 - Sicily - Siracusa

23rd & 24th July 2012 (Bed 53) Well, where do I start! Our trip to Sicily started off very shaky. It was an early morning drive to the port of Valletta to catch the ferry which departed at 5am. Arthur had booked return tickets online for Marty, Ray & ourselves from Pozzallo to Malta over a month prior. Even though Marty & Ray only required a one way ticket, it was actually cheaper to book a return fare. So needless to say they were not on the ferry with us from Pozzallo to Malta. When we all went to check-in in the Port of Valletta, we...

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May 8, 2012 - Piazza Armenia/ Siracusa, Sicily

We woke up, and decided to try and update my journal while Molly took a walk on the beach! Showered and thought we were headed to Agrigento to meet up with Luccio, a a cousin of Gina Maniscalco. I had been trying to call him for a week, only to find out that I was calling him with the country code! Wrong! Either way, he called when we were eating breakfast, so I put him on the phone with the maitre de that spoke Italian and English- translation- we will see you next time...ciao and kiss kiss! Siracusa!!! Here we come! We walked through the...

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