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Centro - S. Cristoforo

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  • Day17

    Etna - Sizilien

    April 19 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Heute sind wir auf Sizilien und ich fange erst um 13 Uhr an. Ich war mit zwei Kolleginnen gerade auf dem Etna oben. Das ist auf jeden Fall beeindruckend aber es war leider sehr diesig und wolkig, sodass man nicht sehr weit sehen konnte.

  • Day3

    Catania

    September 21, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Ich ziehe um nach Catania, Sizilien, wo mein Flug leider mit über einer Stunde Verspätung landet und es dann ziemlich regnet. Abends ist es aber wieder schön und ich gucke mir noch ein bisschen die Sehenswürdigkeiten an. Auch wenn ich schon wieder vergessen habe, was die können. (Side fact, ich bin mit einem anderen Objektiv unterwegs, deshalb ist diesmal alles näher dran.)

    Catania liegt neben dem Etna und wurde insgesamt sieben Mal durch Erdbeben oder Lavaströme zerstört. Das letzte Mal ist Catania 1669 nach einem großen Ausbruch des Etna wieder komplett aufgebaut worden. Entsprechend wirkt hier alles sehr stimmig, durchdacht und geordnet - als hätte man vorher schon sechsmal geübt, wie man eine Stadt baut.
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  • Day4

    Ich glaub das kann weg...

    September 22, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Ich schätze meine Gliedmaßen wird man nach dem Urlaub einfach amputieren können. Ich bin so unglaublich zerstochen, dass ich die Nacht vor Jucken kaum geschlafen hab ... und dann summen mir noch ständig weiter Mücken um die Ohren.

  • Day31

    Back on the bike

    September 19, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    After yet another wonderful breakfast at the B&B, I ventured down to reception to inquire about using one of their bicycles for the day – with a bit of banging around in a large cupboard a helmet and the key for the lock were unearthed. This was followed shortly by a bicycle (a vintage, step through with no gears and a seat like a rock – but it worked). The seat was duly adjusted to something approaching the required height and with some elaborate pantomime I indicated that I needed a pump as the tires were flat. More banging and one was found – I was about to set to with it when a laborer from the adjacent construction site stepped in and insisted on attending to the problem (I must look frail or something). Tires fixed and I was ready to set off in the direction of Aci Castello as recommended by Manuel yesterday as having a lovely castle and a good place to swim a little further on at Tezza.
    We had also discussed the interesting Italian, and more specifically Sicilian, approach to driving. This being that traffic lights, street signs and indeed most road rules were “suggestive”. Manuel further explained that if one approached a pedestrian crossing with a red light it was merely a “suggestion” that you might like to stop, if you were in a good mood, the crossing wasn’t in use and so on. With this in mind I ventured out into the traffic and it turned out to be good advice. Staying alert was important but also relaxed, cars were going everywhere and it was clear that road rules and even which side of the road to drive on were pretty notional, however there was NO aggression, people just kind of wafted about, let each other in and I certainly felt more comfortable than I have on several occasions road riding in Melbourne. I WAS beeped twice, however it was clear on both occasions that this was a “I’m coming past” warning, not a “bloody bike I wish to squash you” type of encounter.
    I had a fair idea how to get to Aci Castello (keep the sea on your right and ride for about 8.5km) and was pleased to locate the town and castle after about 40 minutes – the ride was really pleasant with gentle undulations along the coast. I paused to enjoy the view and take photo’s but decided not to visit the castle and then pressed on. Passing Tezza I couldn’t really see anywhere to swim so I decided to keep going – again I knew that if I kept the sea on my right I would be ok, I also recalled that road SS114 was one that I needed to keep track of. Unfortunately this plan didn’t quite work as I got a bit turned around and seemed to be heading towards the Autostrada (turns out I wasn’t but never mind) and to avoid this, I took a left turn and ended up diverting through a village with lovely views of Mt Etna and a long hill – never mind it was a lovely day.
    Eventually I found my way back to the coast at a lookout overlooking a nature reserve. I could see a small village and a swimming spot so I followed the cobbled lane down (1km, and very steep) to the water. By this point I had ridden 19kms so I decided to stop for a drink and a swim. Again no “beach” as we would know it but all the locals were swimming from the rocks so I did too (the water was warm and clear) and then sat on the rocks for a while to dry off. Deciding that climbing back up the lane was not going to be ideal I headed through the village which was really rather pretty and I zig zagged my way up through the terraces to the main road (good old SS114) again and turned back towards Catania.
    The trip back was certainly quicker, first because I avoided the previously mentioned village detour and second because I was able to enjoy the benefit of all that climbing with some long steady downhills where I found myself whizzing along at almost 50km/hour (perhaps not entirely sensible given the dodgy bike)! Returning to Aci Castello I got a bit turned around in the village but once I found the castle and coast again I was able to orientate myself (keep the sea on the left this time) and head back into Catania. At one stage I stumbled across a beautiful bike path which seemed to start in the middle on nowhere in particular, run for about 4km and then just as suddenly stop – very nice while it lasted.
    Back in Catania after a 40km round trip (very pleasant) I visited café Spinella opposite the Giodano Bellini – this had been recommended by 2 people as the place to go to try the local speciality Pistachio Anrancino and I had decided that I couldn’t leave Sicily without tasting. I duly took a seat and ordered a anrancino and a beer and took my time enjoying both immensely.
    Back at the B&B I returned the bike, thanked the kind gentleman who had assisted with the tires and then having showered and refreshed headed out for a final walk around the city centre, just wandering and enjoying the warmth and sunshine for a few hours.
    Kirstin meanwhile had had a more relaxing day visiting the herbarium museum and Sicilian tea rooms where she enjoyed an informed discussion about herbs and tea plus tea and biscuits afterwards. She also visited the beautiful and historic library which not only houses historic books but also had art on display and a lovely palm and cactus filled garden.
    At about 7.45 we ventured out for dinner. The restaurant Il Sale (the Salt) had been highly recommended and hence I was highly disappointed when my meal turned out to be under-cooked, bland and overpriced… really it would have to be the worst, most boring food I have eaten in Sicily – I was so disappointed with my black tagliatelle. Kirstin had the Cod Ravioli and reported it was ok but really, I wasn’t impressed and was happy to leave and go and have a Gelati from the place on the corner (pistachio and chocolate… not bad) rather than add insult to injury with a second-rate dessert! What a bummer ending to our stay in Catania – oh well Rome tomorrow!
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  • Day8

    Catania from above

    May 19, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Mittlerweile sind wir im trubeligen, chaotischen, abgerockten Catania angekommen. Der Flair einer Stadt erschliesst sich einem ja oftmals erst von oben. Also nix wie hoch auf die Kirche am Piazza Dante und Blick schweifen lassen. Und während ich das schreibe, hat sich blöderweise der Ätna hinter Wolken verzogen.Read more

  • Day9

    Chiesa di Sant' Agata alla Badia

    May 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌬 23 °C

    Heute liegt uns Catania erneut zu Füßen. Die Kuppel der Chiesa di Sant' Agata alla Badia bietet dafür einen perfekten 360 Grad Blick. Aufgrund seiner Lage ist der Ausblick noch etwas spannender als gestern. Begleitet von Techno-Beats aus einem benachbarten Gundstück warten wir darauf, ob der Ätna noch seine Spitze preis gibtRead more

  • Day9

    Catania from above Pt.2

    May 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌬 23 °C

    Neuer Tag, neues Glück. Diesmal der Blick von der Chiesa St. Agata neben der Kathedrale ins weite Rund am Fusse des Ätna. Strahlender Sonnenschein, von weit unten tönt die Strassenband mit gute Laune Reggaeton, auf der anderen Seite dröhnt feinster elektronischer Beat nach oben. So kann der Tag beginnen.Read more

  • Day9

    Castello Ursino: Museo Civico

    May 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌬 24 °C

    Heute mal einen auf kulturell gemacht. Die aktuelle Ausstellung von italienischen Künstlern, die bisher nur privat, nicht aber der breiten Öffentlichkeit gezeigt wurden, kann sich aber auch sehen lassen. Zur Stärkung davor und/oder danach können wir den Kiosk direkt davor empfehlen - es gibt günstige Drinks und gute Paninis.Read more

  • Day100

    Pumicient elephant

    February 4 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Most popular sight appears to be the elephant in Piazza del Duomo carved from lava and impaled on a granite shaft.
    The Piazza is another Unesco World Heritage site.
    Inside the cathedral I discovered the tomb of Vincenzo Bellini.
    During this festival, to thank S.Agata for her help, people buy these candles, long in proportion with the amount of thanks due. After their devotions before her statue, the remains of the candles are thrown to the ground in the customary Italian fashion.Read more

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Centro - S. Cristoforo, Prima Circoscrizione

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