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Europe » Italy » Sicily » Messina May 20th 2017

Geo: 38.1922, 15.5566As we awake Reflection is situated about 5 miles off the sea east coast of the volcanic island of Stromboli. After Etna and Vesuvius she is the third of Italy's three active volcanoes. Today she is shrouded in cloud and so we cannot see much of her. Reflection continues southward towards the straits of Messina. As we approach we see two small boats with some men shouting very loudly. Someone is swimming the straits from Sicily to mainland Italy. It's only three miles so hardly compares with the English Channel but am sure it's a challenge nonetheless. We dock in the busy port shortly after 10am and not longer after guests are pouring out from Reflection to meet their tours guides. We know that many of the most popular tours to Taormina have been ... read more
Click Tower
Deserted street
Basilica

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Messina May 20th 2017

Geo: 38.1922, 15.5566As we awake Reflection is situated about 5 miles off the sea east coast of the volcanic island of Stromboli. After Etna and Vesuvius she is the third of Italy's three active volcanoes. Today she is shrouded in cloud and so we cannot see much of her. Reflection continues southward towards the straits of Messina. As we approach we see two small boats with some men shouting very loudly. Someone is swimming the straits from Sicily to mainland Italy. It's only three miles so hardly compares with the English Channel but am sure it's a challenge nonetheless. We dock in the busy port shortly after 10am and not longer after guests are pouring out from Reflection to meet their tours guides. We know that many of the most popular tours to Taormina have been ... read more
Click Tower
Deserted street
Basilica

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Messina May 9th 2016

With our usual luck, we found our way to every place we wanted to go, starting with buying a map, which we didn't need to use since the kiosk person directed us to the cathedral and told us when the clock tower was scheduled to do its mechanical show. On the way, we found a store to buy most of the items on our shopping list, all except a pen, a watch, and a scarf. We stumbled upon those a little later, still without the use of the map. After the cathedral we went to the train station to buy tickest for tomorrow for Palermo. Next to the train station, we found a bus office and bought bus tickets since that was our preference anyway. ... read more
Port from our terrace
 Cathedral piazza
Cathedral

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Messina May 8th 2016

It looked like a clear day and a calm ferry ride fro Calabria to Messina, but the ferry was small and bobbed enough that I got a bit queasy, never happened to me before. Not pleasant! The place we're staying has a balcony looking out on the port and is only a few blocks from the Duomo. Orange trees growing everywhere. Stopping for a little rest before going out to dinner this evening. I added a car photo from yesterday. J Hello All, Now that we have WiFi and I figured out how to post photos from my camera, I am adding photos of some of the starts Julia and I climbed several times a day in Reggio. we did not hesitate partaking in the wonderful foods Reggio had to offer.... read more
Walk light and orange tree
Steering wheel lock device.
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Europe » Italy » Sicily » Messina May 3rd 2015

MESSINA Saturday 2nd May 2015 Another glorious day as we sailed into the city of Messina which is the third largest of Sicily. Most of our cruisers were departing for tours towards Taormina and Mount Etna, so a leisurely breakfast was order of the day. We were just going to walk the city. Messina was flattened by an earthquake in 1908 and whilst it has little industry the harbour is always busy with up to 60 ferries a day crossing to mainland Italy. One of its major attractions which survived and has been enhanced is the Duomo, a 12th century church and campanile. We headed here for 12 noon because the campanile holds one of the largest clocks in the world with an astronomical side and a series of figures hitch perform tricks every day much ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Sicily » Messina October 12th 2013

Friday 11th October 2013 So we finally got to leave Venice. I thought I was doomed to write about Venice until eternity which is for a very long time!! Much as I like the place and every trip we discover so many new things to explore time waits for no man and neither do Princess cruises, it was time to move on. It was our first full day at sea. We found a nice quiet spot on the aft deck to enjoy our breakfast when, blow me down, as if by magic our friendly neighbourhood head waiter popped up to have a chat. He was starting to remind me of the shop assistant from the children's cartoon 'Mr Benn'!! Always appearing and no one knows from whence he came. Davide explained to us that in Barcelona, ... read more
Preparing for a champagne waterfall.
Chris, Roisin and our pal Davide
Roisin in Taormina main piazza

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Messina September 4th 2013

Geo: 38.1922, 15.5566This morning we docked by Messina, on the island of Sicily. Today was to be our last organized tour with Carnival cruises. It was to be the cheapest and simplest of tours, but a worthwhile and enjoyable one to Mount Edna, the tallest active volcano in Europe. We set off at around 8.30am, on a good two hour drive. We first were pointed out some sights of Messina before getting out on the freeway. After the disappointment of yesterday, I enjoyed todays pretty drive, touring the scenic Sicilian countryside. It was at least as pretty as Tuscany, if not more so. The drive took us along the coastline, through tunnels and small villages to the base of Mount Edna. Our experience here was far superior to yesterdays Mount Vesuvius. There was plenty of volcanic ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Sicily » Messina May 11th 2013

Geo: 38.1922, 15.5566We had a beautiful day today! I was awake around 4am and ready to get off the boat before 8am. Kamie wasn't quite as bright-eyed as myself but we still got off the boat around 8am. Today we walked, and walked, and walked…. all over the town of Messina on this island of Sicily. There is history at every corner. The buildings are amazing. The cars on this island are the teeniest, tiniest cars I've seen anywhere…Fiats and Mini Coopers… we even saw what I think was a Mini, Mini. It said "Mini" across the front and it was a tiny version of my car – no kidding! They don't drive too crazy here (thank goodness) as pedestrians are everywhere and well respected. We walked from one side of the town (graffiti, old barbershops, ... read more
Details of the famous clocktower
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This was part of a banco (bank).

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Messina May 8th 2013

Geo: 38.1922, 15.5566May 7th was an at sea day as we cruised from Piraeus to Messina. I caught up with mundane chores like undie washing. However, at 2pm we attended a Premium Wine Tasting in the Pinnacle bar. We started with a Moet and Chandon sparkling which was very nice and then were given a French Chablis and a Californian Chardonnay. Surprisingly, the Chardonnay was far superior with more flavour and freshness. We then had two Reds, a French Pinot Noir and a Californian Cab Sav. Both were excellent. Fernando, the Sommelier on board took us through the wines commenting on colour, flavour etc We also had small portions of food to see which went best with each wine. The finish was a 6 grapes Port. A pleasant hour or so spent tasting nice wine.At 6pm ... read more
The crack Quiz team, Tully, Me Fletcher and Linda.
BB King Blues Club Band
The statue of Our Lady of the letter in Messina

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Messina May 6th 2013

Our first port, Messina, Sicily. We had planned a ship tour to The Godfather Mansion. This was cancelled though and we did not find another ship tour we wanted. So, we slept in a bit, enjoyed breakfast in the Windjammer then off to see the city. The ship docks very close in and you don't have far to walk to get out of the area and about a block up to begin seeing the views. As we walked toward the main part of the city, we see horse drawn carriages. These carry several people, have a tour guide and the price is right at E 15. You can take the horse drawn carriage for a 45 minute tour or the train which is sort of like a train at the mall. Our first cruise to Nassau ... read more
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