Blogs from Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy, Europe


Europe » Italy » Sicily » Giardini Naxos April 6th 2013

Todays gelato flavour - GMB and GLB :Amarano(Cherry)Delicious with real pieces of cherries in it What an absolute cracker of a day dawned this morning and although our room faces east the sun took a while to rise enough to shine brightly into the room. There was still a haze out to sea so the islands off the coast which include Vulcano,an active volcanoe on which people live and you can also stay at various hotels.However overhead was a beautifully fine sky,and it looks like today will be the best one weather wise that we have had since arriving last week in Italy. Showering looked like it was going to be a challenge this morning so Gretchen went first to suss how best to handle it.She emerged suggesting I would have fun in there but not ... read more
Cindy on the Blue Ferry ready to head to Sicily
Opposition ferry in the Strait of Messina
Mt Etna from our B&B

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Giardini Naxos May 30th 2012

I woke up early! I was warned that several rooms would be leaving at 6 am, and they were noisy but it was ok, just part of a B & B! I got up and walked along the waterfront. Mt. Etna was postcard perfect, so I have some nice shots. What a surprise to see a huge cruise ship pulling up to the pier!!! Ugh. Buses lined up, tour boats ready, all the restaurants and bars open, and a very friendly talkative guy cleaning up the street messes from the night before. He pointed out Etna, Castelmola, Taormina, etc. etc. in Italian, but I understood perfectly! I returned to my "villa." Breakfast this morning was the same as yesterday except fresh mozzerella was substituted for the spinach. I decided I would picnic on the beach today, ... read more
Isola Bella
Beach Club

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Giardini Naxos May 28th 2012

5 am: awoke to catch the 6:45 am ferry to Sicily. My internet contact Kyle said I was to be at the port promptly at 5:45, so I WAS! I got a primo seat at the front of the observation deck, with a round table and 2 club chairs, 5 feet from the glass windows. What a beautiful boat, only 15 months old, felt like a cruise ship… 2 decks, one a club section with a center staircase worthy of a bride, the other full of regular passengers like me, 2 deli bars, and a deck for cars. I got a ham and cheese baguette, grilled, and a diet coke for breakfast. 70 euro for the trip from Malta to Catania. We arrived on time, at 8:30 am. I continued the trip on the (ferry) bus ... read more
Catania Train Station
Beer at Naxos

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Giardini Naxos April 4th 2010

For Easter, Allison and I had planned a relaxing day lounging on the beach. Our Italian-only speaking inn keeper had told us that breakfast was served until 10, so we woke up about 9:30 to take advantage of the free food. However, Allison woke up not feeling great/wanting to sleep more, so I went down to brave the breakfast room on my own. I walked downstairs and into the room where he indicated we should come for breakfast, and found a cute little dining area, nicely decorated with lots of paintings of beautiful nature scenery. There were about 15 tables, all set, and a buffet with plates, glasses, butter, and jam displayed, but the lights were off and there was no food (or people) in sight. I walked into the little kitchen off the dining room ... read more
Our balcony
The beach!
Everything We Needed...

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