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Mar 28, 2012 - Mt. Etna

Today we said goodbye to Cefalu and headed to Taromina, driving through the heart of the island, past rolling green fields of wheat, dotted with abandoned stone houses and farms of citrus and olives. It looks more like Ireland than Italy. Everything is so green. On the way to Taormina we stopped at Mt. Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in Europe. They call it a 'friendly volcano' because its eruptions are effusive rather than explosive, meaning the lava flows very slowly, so even though property can be destroyed, people rarely die from...

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Sep 3, 2009 - 3 sept 09

We were all ready to go, the minivan had arrived to take us up the winding tortuous route to the top of Mt Etna. The road was truly long and winding – weaving through pale wheat coloured where the harsher grasses and deep sage green of the scrub had managed to take a toehold in the more ancient lava flows that folded and crumbled down the side of the mountain. Parts of the rocks strewn across the landscape were vivid rust through to pale salmon pink, which show a larger iron deposit, the blacker radioactive selenium (i think he said) and...

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Mar 19, 2009 - Mt. Etna

Today we went up mt. etna one of the most active volcanos in the world. It was even erupting a little while we were there. At night you could see lava!!! Anyways we took our bus a little ways up and from there we had to get on a gondola like thing to go up further. The gondola thing was a little scary, but the view was beautiful. From there usually you can take jeeps further up, but for some reason they werent working so we had to be content to just climb a little and not go up much further. I was a little bummed, but it was still really...

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Jun 22, 2008 - Mt Etna

Today we drove up to the South side of Mt Etna. It only about 20km from where we are staying and you can drive to an altitude of around 2500m above sea level. From here you take a cable car to around 3000m and then by 4 wheel drive to around 3500m. You are then able to walk with a guide. Up here there is steam rising from a number of minor vents and you are quite close to the lava flows. The ground is quite hot to touch and about 200mm down almost too hot to touch. Stangely enough there was still pockets of snow around. Mt Etna becomes a...

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May 1, 2007 - Up, down and around Mount Etna

May 1 is a national holiday (Labour Day) in Italy. The shops are closed and everywhere we see large groups, families and young people, gathered on the slopes of Etna for picnics. Some of the groups seem to be spending the day at a country house set among the vines and orchards. Others had nosed into the trees on the old lava flows, set up tables and tablecloths and lit fires to barbeque their lunch. It is cool on the mountain, and warm below. We drove up on Etna from the North route, less populated by tour buses and just as spectacular as...

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Mar 14, 2005 - Off to Sicily and Mt. Etna.

Up early this AM. I am again departing from the planned agenda and taking myself off to Sicily for the day. Border hopping is so much fun and I can collect more stamps in my passport! I had the hotel concierge make these arrangements for me. I suspect I'll have to tip him sometime before I leave. I was picked up by a small van at 5:30 AM (and you call this sort of thing a vacation?) from my hotel and taken around to the Grand Harbor where the sea embarkation wharf is located. Got to show my passport to a lot of people (something reserved...

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Trip Journal

Malta in March

Mar 24, 2004 - Mt. Etna

Monday March 22 We climbed Mt. Etna today! We drove up from Taormina through an amazing volcanic landscape. The last eruption, in 2000, left much of the countryside covered with black ash and rocks. We arrived at the base station at Refugio Sapienza around 11 a.m. There was a funicular (cable car) until 2000 which took you close to the summit. It was destroyed in 2000, so now they have jeep-type minibuses. We took about an hour to drive switchback to the top, past mountains of ash and lava, snow and ice walls 10 feet high. Some people were...

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Mar 24, 2004 - da Taormina a Brolo

Tuesday & Wednesday We ate a fabulous dinner last night in Taormina at a restaurant called La Grotta Azzura. The chef brought out clippings of articles about him in the New York Times. We had a fish stew that had a whole fish, prawns and octopus. Pretty cool. Today we drove back to Brolo to see if there was any information about possible Magistro family members. (Pat's mother was born in Brolo but emigrated with her parents when she was 2. We don't know if there are any family left in Brolo). We never were able to find anyone. We had a nice...

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