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    • Day 74

      Kurz vor Crotone

      January 15 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Ein Platz aus Kies. Viel Platz, wenige Camper. Duschen, Strom - alles im Preis inbegriffen. Wäsche könnte ich waschen… wenn es heute nicht immer wieder mal regnen würde. Trockner gibt es nämlich keinen. Also warten wir entspannt auf den morgigen Tag, der die Sonne bringen soll.Read more

    • Day 29

      Alfieri Camping

      October 20, 2023 in Italy ⋅ 🌬 26 °C

      Die Elemente der Natur wie der Luft das Wasser die Erde das Feuer zeigt uns verschiedene Facette von sich . Auf einer Seite das Traumhaft schönes Meer der Wind die Sonne die Pflanzen, schönen alten Olivenbaum…und anderseit das Feuer… statt weiter zu gehen haben wir nur der Platz gewächselt.. habe nicht ganz ruhig geschlafen 🙈🤷‍♀️übrigens noch zwei lustige Tips . 1 …. für draussen zu schlafen und 2 …. wenn man sein Wohnwagen nicht mehr braucht… kann man ihn auch als Garage nützen 🤣Read more

    • Day 12

      Tag 12

      July 6, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Heute war es sehr heiss zeitweise 34 Grad😅😅😅!
      Trotzdem fuhren wir nach le Castello auf der Isola Rizzuto. War wunderschön🥰!
      Dann noch Capo di Colonna...
      Relaxen am Pool+im Pool als Abschluss war herrlich:🤩😎...Read more

    • Day 10

      Tag 10

      July 4, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Letzter halber Tag in Fuscaldo.
      Dann Weiterfahrt nach Crotone. Die Fahrt durch sehr grüne Berge war wunderschön😊.
      Crotone selbst hat zwar viele gepflanzte Palmen, ist aber ansonsten völlig kahl.
      Da unse App.keinen Balkon hatte, sondern nur 3 Terrassen (=kann man mit Schuhgrösse 38 knapp draufstehen) half uns die sehr hilfsbereite Seniora via booking ein Neues zu buchen. Dies klappte nach ca.1 1/2 Std.und nur Dank dem, dass die Seniora auf ihre Miete voll verzichtete.)
      Sind jetzt in 1kl.Studio mit kl.Balkon+fanthastischer Meersicht😍.
      Abends gab's eine feine Pizza😋
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    • Day 11

      Tag 11

      July 5, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Früh aufstehen, da die -schon heisse Morgensonne-uns weckt🙈.
      Kurzer Besuch der Altstadt Crotone. (Schloss war heute geschlossen).
      Diese Stadt hat für uns nicht denselben Charakter wie im Norden. Die Leute sind auch nicht wirklich aufgestellt+freundlich. Abends wurden wir ca.45 Min.von einem Polizisten angehalten, der uns nicht glauben wollte, dass bei uns ein Führerschein nicht abläuft🙊🤪. ...Read more

    • Day 11

      Crotone Rolls Out Red Carpet

      April 19, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 50 °F

      We arrived in the beautiful little port of Crotone on Italy’s eastern coast this morning. This charming town was the home of the Greek mathematician Pythagoras. There must be something in the water here that produces great mathematicians. The town’s modern claim to fame is that it is the gateway to a large natural area of Italy, something like a national park.

      We are only the second cruise ship to arrive here in recent months, so the town rolled out the red carpet for us. Schools remained closed for an extra day (Easter Monday is a civil holiday here) so that Italian students of English could operate hospitality tents and thereby practice their language skills. They gave us free samples of the products of Calabria—delicious orange juice, sticky pastries and other delights. Other students were posted at the gate of the local castle. My heart melted as one precious high school girl gave us the history of “King Charles the FIVE-th, the king of Ess-Spain” who used to rule here. As she struggled with English, my heart cursed the Anglo-Saxons for producing such a barbaric language. Citizens took the day off to serve as re-enactors of Pythagoras, the Greek goddess Hera or medieval residents of their town.

      We took time for a thorough investigation of the local archaeological museum. There was a long line of my shipmates waiting to purchase tickets, but after a few minutes the ticket-taker just raised the barrier and waved us in free of charge. Although the exhibits’ descriptions are in Italian, I was able to get the gist of most of them. I learned that there is evidence of human habitation here going back to around 6000 years BC, though documented settlement began with the Phoenicians. Crotone was part of Magna Graecia and participated fully in Greece’s Olypiads and in her wars. Among the photos I took were pictures of an utterly beautiful Greek urn, and an incomparable diadem found at the nearby excavation of the Roman Temple of Hera Lacinia. I was surprised that the little museum here really is quite good.

      Crotone’s most notable Greek son was the philosopher-mathematician Pythagoras, who contended that all of reality could be explained using numbers. He also came up with the notion of reincarnation several centuries before Gautama Buddha was born. I am not aware of any connection between the two thinkers, but it’s hard not to wonder whether Pythagorean ideas about the afterlife ever made it to the east as far as India.

      For the first time in a foreign city I used Apple Maps to direct us, today to the the Museum of Pythagoras. The app worked perfectly. At the end of a fascinating thirty-minute walk through the new part of downtown, we found lovely Pythagoras Park overlooking the city. Some of the children’s playground equipment incorporated cubes, triangles or hexagons in silent tribute to Pythagoras. We finally found the museum itself, which charges an admission fee of five euros per person. The two lower floors display modern art from the region with no clear connection to the Greek mathematician. The top floor, however, displays a few exhibits and long line of wall posters giving the history of mathematics, highlighting not only Pythagoras, but also thinkers such as Newton, Paschal, Leibniz and Euler. While we are daily walkers who didn’t mind the half-hour jaunt just to see what the museum offers, I doubt that the trip would be worthwhile for most visitors.

      So now we are back in a comfortable stateroom waiting for the ship to delight us with an Italian feast tonight. While the service Viking provides is impeccable, and we’re grateful for it, I must say that the overwhelming hospitality of all of the citizens of Crotone today won our hearts.
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    • Day 2

      Arrivati a Crotone

      October 1, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Dopo una breve fermata nel porto di S. Maria di Leuca per rifornirci di carburante il nostro viaggio è proseguito in direzione di Roccella Ionica con la traversata del Golfo di Taranto direttamente su Crotone e poi proseguire verso la destinazione. Partiti a vela con un buon vento fino ad arrivare ad una velocita di 7 kt che purtroppo però verso mezzanotte è calata a 4. Cambio turno, Marja al timone "et voilà" vento di traverso e di nuovo a 6.5 con una bella onda di lasco che ci aiutava nel tenere una buona andatura. Purtroppo poco più tardi l'onda e il vento (punte fino a 23 kt) sono diventati impegnativi per cui siamo passati al motore che abbiamo tenuto fino a Crotone, dove abbiamo deciso di fermarci perché eravamo troppo stanchi.
      Durante la traversata a vela del Golfo di Taranto abbiamo sentito per ben due volte e a lungo il rumore dei motori elettrici di un sottomarino senza purtroppo vederlo; ma loro sicuramente han visto noi perché sembrava proprio che il rumore ci accompagnasse. Infatti nel Golfo di Taranto c'è un'area di allenamento dei sottomarini militari italiani.
      Rimarremo quì almeno fino a lunedì sera per riposarci e goderci la spiaggia e i ristoranti locali
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    • Day 47

      Über Catanzaro nach Crotone

      November 17, 2020 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      Über Catanzaro fahren wir zum Cabo Rizutto wo wir einen kleinen Spaziergang machen, von dort geht es direkt nach Crotone wo wir im Hafen parken und auch übernachten.
      Abends laufen wir über den Hügel am Castello vorbei in die tolle Altstadt hinab zum Dom und in die Fußgängerzone, Die Stadt gefällt uns ganz gut, in nicht Corona Zeiten ist hier bestimmt viel los, im Moment ist es aufgrund der strengen Bestimmungen, ziemlich ruhig, die Hälfte der Geschäfte hat geschlossen und man sieht nur wenige Menschen auf den Straßen.Read more

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