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Jun 20, 2019 - Sicily - Syracuse and Taormina

The 2,700-year-old city of Syracuse played a key role in ancient times, when it was one of the major powers of the Mediterranean world. Described by Cicero as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all", it equaled Athens in size during the fifth century BC. It later became part of the Roman Republic and the Byzantine Empire. It is also mentioned in the Bible in the Acts of the Apostles book at 28:12 as St Paul stayed there. The city was also the birthplace of the mathematician and engineer Archimedes. We crossed the...

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Sep 25, 2018 - We’re heading home!!!

Today we start our epic journey home. Whilst we’ve enjoyed our time in Italy and Sicily and feel we’ve become accustomed to their manic lifestyle, we miss home and our fur babies. The first leg of our home bound trek will consist of two trains and two planes.. hmm reminiscent of the start of our journey when leaving home!! We’ll be taking the regional train from Taormina to Messina, switching at Messina (hopefully with more time for Karen to tackle the stairs with her luggage) then Messina to Palermo. The next bit will be interesting as we...

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Sep 23, 2018 - Last day in Sicily... a recap

As we come to the time to say arrivederci to Taormina Sicilia (Sicily) we thought we’d reflect on our time spent in Italy enjoying the solitude at the beginning, embracing a new culture in the middle and having a few laughs overall. Our (re) introduction to Italy was not what we had expected. We challenged ourselves by getting from Rome to Florence by our own instincts straight after 22 hours of flying but we did it! Our highlight in Florence was walking around the city first thing in the morning with hardly anyone else around. Our...

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Sep 22, 2018 - Photo Time

The Internet in Italy works to its own time. It will upload...when it uploads. Give or take a few minutes 𯘀 Therefore the photos are not in chronological order. The phone is in our current hotel in Taormina. Actually works. The mini prickly pear garden is from the markets in Palermo. The markets are in the same alley as when they originated - centuries ago. Thankfully the food is fresh daily. Seafood stalls were throughout the alley which their smells overwhelmed the fresh fruit and veg. The church from Monreale was magnificent. The scene...

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Sep 22, 2018 - Simpleee..... Hotel Villa Angelo

We have arrived, alive and kicking, after chasing our runaway suitcases down the driveway. We can see the waterfront from our balconies (yes, plural.. we have two balconies!) The glittering prize after our arduous trip was sipping on wine whilst taking in the views. No doubt we’ll join the breakfast club at 8am on the terrace before taking the shuttle into town. We’ve already seen some sights with an amazing guide after our fleeting visit last week. We keep referring to all the things she said about the love story of Bianca. You could...

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Sep 22, 2018 - Simpleeee.... Taormina

We’re getting the knack of train travel in Italy/Sicily. After our Boot and Ball Tour ended yesterday, we treated ourselves to a bit of a sleep in.... about 30mins 𯘕 our train was not due to depart until 10am so extra 30min lie in won’t hurt lol. Their intercity trains are quite snazzy. The one we got today had a full table between the seats which included power points for charging, you won’t find that on any Newcastle to Sydney trains. We had to change trains in Messina, which we were prepared for however as we got closer, the...

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Sep 19, 2018 - Taormina

Departed Siracusa and drove up the side of Mt. Etna to as far as vehicles are allowed and then went a further 15 minutes up the volcano on a cable car. It's an amazing site. There are miles and miles of lava rock laying around from various eruptions. In the winter, there's downhill and cross country skiing. We're now in the beautiful city of Taormina for a couple of days. The city was quite crowded this afternoon with cruisers but the ship has just left so hopefully there aren't any more for a couple of days.

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Italian Islands 2018

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 - 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 - 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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May 10, 2018 - Taormina

Thursday 10th May: On top of Mt Etna. Once again Flavia had us up very early for the drive up Etna as far as 2000m. Along the way she explained the history of the volcano and pointed out the various lava flows. We arrived at the Silvestri Craters which formed with the eruptions of 2001. It was an eerie and awe-inspiring experience to walk around and down into these craters and to see how close the flows came to buildings there. It was cold and bleak on the mountain adding to the atmosphere and Flavia’s early start was brilliant as not only...

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May 14, 2017 - Torturing the Italian language in Taormina

I am at the 'work' end of my trip and have just finished my first week of Italian classes in Taormina (I'm studying here for two weeks). The Babilonia language school is in a lovely setting with its own private garden and restaurant/bistro, only two minutes walk from my AirBnB apartment. In addition to the classes, the school organises social activities including a film night (in Italian with Italian subtitles), seminars (recent topics have included slow food and Sicilian literature), a dinner on the first night and Friday night aperitifs....

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