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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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Mar 30, 2012 - Day #1

Day #1 We hopped on our flight at 5:00 am to new york and then from new york to Italy. They were both VERY long flights! Here we are getting ready to get on the plane

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My World Adventures

Jun 4, 2011 - Siracusa, Archaeological Park, Paolo Orsi Museum, Puppet Show, 45th Wedding Anniversary

Entry #17 June 4, 2011 Another early start (probably to beat the tourist crowds). We walked from our hotel to the bus and then were driven off to the Archaeological Park. The major structure is another Greek theater that was hewn from the hillside by slave labor in the 5th Century BC. This theater was host to many premiers of Greek tragedies and comedies. Today it still has performances of these timeless plays. Around the back of the theater is the gigantic stone quarry which forms the "Ear of Dionysius" that is a cave in the shape of an...

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Jun 3, 2011 - Mount Etna, WWII Museum, Casabianca, and Siracusa

Entry #16 June 3, 2011 By the title you can see that this is a pack it all in day probably to make up for the leisurely days we have just had. Breakfast was at 7AM and the bus left at 8 for a 2 hour drive to Mt Etna. We did not go to the top which would have taken another 3 hours on a tram lift. Instead, we walked around the Silvestri Crater which is a cinder cone from an 1892 eruption. The weather at this mile high location was a bit brisk and our LL Bean windblock fleece was perfect to keep us warm. The bottom of the crater was filed...

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Mar 19, 2009 - Siracusa

Next i went to siracusa. Siracusa was another city, but it was much nicer. The duomo was beautiful and there was some very pritty coast line as well. It wasnt a beach town like taormina was, but it was a costal town. we only toured the old part of town and i thought it was very nice. Once again we took a boat ride. The old part of town is a seperate little island from the new part of town (which is on mainland sicily) so we took a boat around the old town island. It was cool, we got to see some caves and a couple of castles as well as a...

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Jun 20, 2008 - Siracusa

Today we drove to Siracusa. This town is built on an ancient Greek settlement founded by Corinthians in 734 BC. There is a large archeological park here with Greek and Roman structures, but we decided not to visit it, but went for a walk through the old part of town and along the waterfront. We were going to visit the information centre, but like everything else here they close between 1:30 and 3:30 (sometimes 4:30)pm. It was interesting to see the tourist information is closed Fri afternoon, Saturday and Sunday.

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Apr 29, 2007 - Megara Hyblaia, Greek city in Silicy from 7th century BC

We were silent, both thinking of our much-loved bikers, as we made our way down to the warm sun of the coast and headed south to find the remains of Megara Hyblaia, one of the first Greek cities of Sicily, established in the 8th century BC. Being intrepid and determined 'ruin hounds', we were not deterred by the lack of signposts for Megara. We forged ahead, off the highway, down industrial roads, heading for the spot on the map that indicated the ruins were there, somewhere. The navigator was apprehensive when we continued from the...

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Oct 30, 2006 - Crossing old tracks & encountering magic

Hi again - The past 10 days have been special. Not that the earlier weeks weren't good, but recently it seems my awe reflex is a lot stronger. I've been to some very special places. But first, on the overnight ferry south from Sardinia to Sicily I woke to an old remembered sight - the headlands of western Sicily. I passed these heading north from Tunis just over 36 years ago. Crossing tracks with my past make me reflect on that young man, what he'd just done (hitched across North Africa from Morocco to Tunisia), the adventures he'd had and...

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Jul 14, 2006 - Syracuse

Arrived here yesterday after our journey on the train from Taormina. It's only about a 2 hour trip but we had to wait at Taormina station for a couple of hours for the next train. We are staying in Ortygia which is on a peninsula from Syracuse, it's actually the old part of town. We are in a B&B that faces the water - it's quite lovely. After doing some much needed laundry this morning, we have some lunch and then book into a boat tour that takes us to the ocean caves around the island. This turns out to be a great trip - we are the only...

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Jun 16, 2006 - Days out

Ciao, I hope that everyone is ok and ready for the weekend, me I've got my biggest single day of travelling tomorrow, with a relatively early start on my way up to Naples. Today has been a day out from Taormina down the coast to both Siracusa and Catania. Catania wasn't that impressive, a bit like the poorer areas of Palermo. It does have a really nice cathedral (and why do I only really visit churches in Italy?) with some interesting pieces of religious art; quite why they need to illuminate the insides of an ex-bishop's glass coffin is...

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Dave in Italia 2006

Apr 1, 2006 - Taormina (Mt Etna) to Siracusa

Buongiorno All !! Had a totally brilliant day going up the mountain with my new friends from Maine in USA - really lovely people and our driver was fun and thoughtful too. I got to sit in the front of our mercedes van and the views were incredible. We went right up to the snow line from where you can take the chair lifts further up. We didnt, but walked around one of the more recent scoria cones (yes I have collected the perfect Etna rock !!) Apparently in 1992 a huge lava flow was threatening one lovely little town we went through, so they...

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