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    • Day405


      August 20, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      This blog is written by Colm

      As we approach Isla Vulcano in the early evening we are greeted by an amazing view of the sea stacks in the channel between the island and its neighbour Limpari. When we look up at Vulcano’s crater we see the fumarole vents on the semi-active volcano constantly puffing out smoke.
      We round the corner into the bay and a sulphurous rotten egg smell hits us. This is from the bubbling mud baths and underwater vents nearby. We drop anchor and get used to the smell during dinner.
      The next day we walk to the mud baths but they are closed because the mud is too hot. So we head for the crater instead but soon find out that it is also closed. The pathway is blocked with tape and there are warning signs. The reason for the closure is because there is more toxic gas than usual coming from the fumaroles.
      Here we meet an equally disappointed Canadian man called Steve. He took the fast foiling ferry from Sicily here today, specifically to climb to the crater.
      We throw caution to the wind and all duck under the barrier and start our illegal walk.
      After a few twists and turns, Ruby and Dad decide to turn around while Steve, Mom and I continue . We meet other people coming back down the path and they say it’s safe enough so we climb for forty minutes all the way to the summit. There is a very nice vista of the other islands and in the bay way down below, we see Régal. . We can also see down to the bottom of the huge crater and some of the rock is turned green from the volcanic vents. Luckily the wind is blowing the gas away from us.
      We then walk back the scorched mountainside with Steve and meet Dad and Ruby in town. After hearing all about our adventure, Dad and Ruby decide to return to climb to the crater.
      Meanwhile Mom and I go exploring again. We swim from the boat to find the underwater bubbling fumaroles. They are very cool and very stinky.
      The next day Dad, Mom and I go to the under water vents again to see the amazing bubbles. The are lots of fish around and we watch a moray eel feeding around the rocks.
      We’re sad to leave this magnificent volcanic island but happy to leave the rotten egg smell.
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      Cuntas maith eile uait, a Choilm. Maith thu. Joan



    • Day176

      Volcano Porto Di Ponente

      September 19, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Messina Marina to Volcano Porto Di Ponente. What an exciting sailing experience. 11.1 knots max speed - reefed. What was supposed to be a windless journey turned into a good sailing day out. The Messina Strait journey was without a hitch. Arriving in sunset to the Island Volcano was a unbelievable gift. A hike a bike to the top of the volcano was hard but such a special thing to be able to do. This life is wonderful 😊. The ups definitely beat the downs - certainly it does today.

      45.11nm 10:22:33
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    • Oct27

      (Wirbel) Sturm Flucht

      October 27, 2021 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      Da braut sich was zusammen und wir sichern und gegen einen mediterranen Wirbelsturm indem wir anstatt nur mal fix „um die Ecke“ zu segeln, 3/4 Sizilien gegen den Uhrzeigersinn runden. Äolische Inseln Vulcano Porto di Ponente ist ein willkommener Nacht Ruhestop. Vielleicht für diese Saison das letzte mal baden, an Deck pennen und Bier bunkern. Weiter gehts nonstop Kurs West Palermo.Read more

    • Day26


      September 29, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      The island of Vulcano is a 15min hydrofoil away so daytrips do not get any easier. The hike up to the crater was great. A bit of steam and sulphur smell but fairly tame. 10km roundtrip and 800metre elevation.
      The black sand beach had the clearest unsalty water so I had a dip off the rocks. Back for another late arvo swim at the local beach at Lipari.
      Dinner was very ordinary tinned tuna, olives, capers, tomato pasta.
      Chestnuts on the way home were tasty.
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    • Day34


      October 25, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Vulcano geformt durch 7 Vulkane ist eine sehr farbenprächtige Insel mit schwefelhaltigen Bädern und einem rauchenden, Schwefel ausgasenden Vulkan. Hier riecht es wie verfaulte Eier, das Wasser ist schwefelhaltig und hellblau bis türkis.Read more

    • Day5


      March 29, 2005 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

      Vulcano - Die Heiße:

      Brodelnder Schlamm, kochendes Meer, Schwefeldampf auf dem Vulkan.

      Der Vulkan gilt als der gefährlichste der Inselgruppe. Er ruht nur und kann jederzeit wieder ausbrechen. Der letzte Ausbruch liegt zwar schon über ein Jahrhundert zurück, mancher Vulkanologe erwartet aber gerade deshalb bald einen neuen und dann sicher verheerenden…

      Aber auch was „die Heiße“ heutzutage so zu bieten hat, ist sehenswert...
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    • Day375

      Day 376: Visiting the Islands

      February 25, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

      Woke up early and decided to give the islands another shot. The weather was pretty miserable - overcast and raining, but we hurried down to the dock around 8am and lucky for us, the boat was running! Grabbed our tickets and boarded, then waited out the 20 minutes or so across to Vulcano.

      To our surprise only a couple of people got off, though this isn't actually the main island (Lipari is home to the largest settlement). The town was quite small and obviously a holiday spot - lots of closed ice-cream stores and boat rental places fronting a beach. It would be quite nice, but it was raining steadily and not super warm either. But we were here, and committed.

      Had a quick coffee at literally the only place in town, then walked about 20 minutes along a road to where the crater rim hike starts. It's normally not too arduous, but carrying a dog and an umbrella each certainly upped the difficulty! After about an hour of climbing we made it to the crater rim.

      Sulfur clouds and rain clouds drifted past fairly constantly, meaning that we only had intermittent views down into the crater and back across the islands. The town was well below us, but still quite close by. I guess farming the fertile volcanic soil must be worth the risk of living on an active volcano!

      Fairly quick trip back down as it's obviously much easier going, and by 11:30 we were already back in town and waiting for the boat. Still raining! Thankfully we'd managed to line up our return with a hydrofoil, so we weren't waiting more than about 15 minutes, and then with the 20 minute trip back it wasn't long after 12pm and we were back on Sicily proper.

      Not feeling inclined to find another restaurant or cafe and just wanting to get out of the rain and somewhere warm, we walked back to the car and drove out of town. Lunch was at McDonalds which is honestly just the easiest option sometimes. Italian food culture is great, but a quick lunch on the road isn't a strong point!

      Spent the next couple of hours driving around the north-eastern coast to the town of Taormina, one of the more famous tourist spots on Sicily. Parked in a garage and took a shuttle bus up to the old town, where a famous landmark stands - the Greek Theatre. Dating in large part from the Greek period on Sicily, ie ~500 BC, and it's mostly still there. It's also in a super dramatic spot, perched on cliffs high about the ocean and the rest of the town - very impressive. To the Greeks, the panorama behind the stage was almost as important as the stage action itself.

      It had stopped raining as well by now, though still quite cloudy, and we didn't hang around for long in Taormina once we'd had a good look around. Back to the car where we continued southwards to the town of Trecastagni on the south-eastern slopes of Mount Etna. Found our Airbnb with no problems, a lovely rooftop loft. Everything was newly renovated, the heating worked, we had a nice balcony with views of the ocean in one direction and Etna in the other direction. The host was very nice, and had left us a bunch of supplies for the next two nights, including fruits, sweets, pasta and local pistachio pesto.

      It had been a very long day, so we stayed in and chilled out - had the pistachio pesto for dinner!
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      Trish Forrester

      wow, what a location. Do they hold performances there?

      Trish Forrester

      Oh what a day, and how courageous to do that climb in the rain with a dog! Well done! You must have been so pleased with the Airbnb and your host when you arrived there after that long day!


      Yeah I think they do actually!

    • Day6


      September 8, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

      Zum ersten Mal in dieser traumhaften Woche zeigte sich der Wettergott von seiner mürrischen Seite und so mussten wir unser Vorhaben, dass Schwefelschlammbad zu nutzen, zu Gunsten eines leckeren Mittagessens verschieben. Bettina brachte uns in ein romantisches Restaurant, in dem es fantastische Pizzen, frisch zubereitet aus dem Steinofen, tolle Salate und noch bessere Pasta gab. Der Wettergott beruhigte sich wieder und so ging es zum Schlammbad. Vor den heißen Quellen, welche man von der Oberfläche aus nicht sieht, vorgewarnt, tasteten wir uns in die Mitte des Schlammloches. 🙈 Der Schwefel stinkt wie der Teufel persönlich und wer etwas schwach auf dem Magen ist, sollte nur durch den Mund atmen. Da saßen wir nun wie die Schweinchen im Schlamm und rieben uns auch großzügig damit ein- schließlich wurde uns dadurch eine Verjüngung von MINDESTENS 20 Jahren versprochen . 😆 Nach ca. 30 Minuten gingen wir stinkend, aber mit Babypopo weicher Haut zum Duschen. Ein halbes Stündchen blieb noch für den mittlerweile obligaten Espresso und schon mussten wir leider zurück aufs Boot...Read more

    • Day3


      May 14, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Mit seinen ca. 140.000 Jahren gehört Vulcano zu den jüngeren Inseln unseres Planeten. Vulcano ist dünn besiedelt (ca. 900 Personen leben hier) was sicher nicht zuletzt daran liegt, dass der gleichnamige Vulkan noch aktiv ist. Zuletzt ausgebrochen ist er Ende des 19. Jh. Ein Aufstieg empfiehlt sich auf jeden Fall - der Ausblick und die Risse aus denen Schwefeldampf aufsteigt, sind beeindruckend. Vulcano bietet auch einige (schwarze) Sandstrände die in der Nebensaison fast menschenleer sind.Read more

    • Day6


      September 24, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Meinen Aufstieg auf den Gran Cratere von Vulcano verschiebe ich auf den Abend. Als ich gegen 11 Uhr zum Anfangspunkt des Aufsteigsweges auflaufe, habe ich schon keine Lust mehr. Allerdings habe ich endlich mal das passende Objektiv zum passenden Zeitpunkt auf der Kamera, um die Eidechsen/Lucertole zu fotografieren, die hier überall herumzischen.Read more

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