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Messina

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  • Day51

    Messina

    October 19 in Italy

    Well everything I’ve read about public transport in Sicily is true - nothing runs on time and most services get cancelled. But I thought I could plan my way around that. Unfortunately not to be.

    When researching how to get to Sicily I read we could get a ferry direct from Reggio Calabria so that is where I organised for us to drop our hire car off at. Thankfully the lady at Europcar mentioned that the ferries weren’t operating from Reggio Calabria port so we didn’t waste time and money getting there only to discover that. Instead we had to get a taxi to Villa San Giovanni, a €40 trip. We managed to get straight onto a ferry to Messina but I think that was the only easy part of the day.

    When planning the trip google maps had the distance from the ferry port to the train station as a short walk, when in fact it was going to be about a 40min walk. Luckily for a us a lady took pity on us and offered to drive us to the train station herself. Funny thing was she didn’t speak a word of English, and I mean not a word, but we (meaning I) happily jumped in her car and trusted she would get us there. Brad was a bit more apprehensive, he was thinking along the lines of serial killer. I was even able to use my valuable Italian lessons. Lol. Not really. I barely managed to introduce myself. Anyway my trust in her was fulfilled and she happily dropped us at the train station. She restored my faith in people.

    Next step in getting to Taormina, our destination for today, was to catch a train. Google and the train sites said trains leave every half hour. And how gullible was I to believe that. We had about an hour and a half wait and then had to cross our fingers it wasn’t delayed or cancelled like the earlier two trains. It eventually arrived and we finally made it to Taormina, only to discover a shortage of taxis. Another long wait but finally we made it to our accommodation for the next two days. Very weary and regretting adding Sicily to our trip, we hope our day tomorrow makes this long travel day worthwhile.
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  • Day365

    Day 366: South to Sicily

    February 15 in Italy

    Our one-year anniversary of this trip, and we passed it appropriately enough - on the road! Hard to believe that 12 months ago we stepped off a plane in Madrid, worrying about our dog and wondering what the future held for us! At that point we had basically zero plans for the future other than meeting up with people when they made it to the UK later in the year.

    Side note - I realise this claims to be day 366, while the FindPenguins numbering calls it day 365. The app's numbering is correct, I accidentally doubled-up a day on our second stint through London (the one in July) and fixing it is just way too hard. Oh well!

    We got up quite early, around 7am, shivered our way through breakfast and then hit the road back towards Naples. Fairly long 2.5 hour drive, but mostly on the freeway so not much exciting happened. Made the car rental return place by 11am where we had no problems dropping the car off. It still stunk of cigarettes after a week, but otherwise it's been fine.

    Onto the shuttle bus back into town where we made it in plenty of time for our train south. Here in Italy the long-distance trains come in three varieties: Frecia Rossa (Red), Argent (Silver), and Bianca (white). Ours was a white, indicating the cheapest and least luxurious, but it's still a mile above the typical regional trains we've had through most of Italy. This train had started in Milan and was going all the way to the southern tip of Italy so was quite crowded.

    We'd tried the travel hack of booking diagonally opposite seats, hoping that nobody would take either of the other two in the four, but when we boarded there was already a guy sitting in one of the seats. Oh well. In went the headphones and the train chuntered off south through Campania and then Calabria.

    Four hours later we hopped off the train in Pizzaro San Giovanni, right next to the wharf where ferries run continuously between the mainland and Sicily. Although there was a boat right there being loaded, we were told the next boat was at 5:30pm, an hour from now. Nothing to do but sit and wait in this little outpost of civilisation, watching the trucks roll past onto boats.

    Finally the time rolled around and we were able to board - quite a few people on as well! The journey across the straight was only about 20 minutes and very flat & calm, it's surprising how close Sicily is at this point. No wonder the Roman empire fought so hard for it over the centuries!

    It was nearly dark when we disembarked, but thankfully our accommodation for the night was right nearby - about halfway between the port and the train station where we'll be leaving from in the morning. Headed out for a short wander, where we found a really good burger place. I ordered a burger with double meat, tomatoes, bacon, fried melanzane cheese and a serve of fries on the side - defeated! Couldn't finish a burger for the first time basically ever. Very tasty though.

    Headed home and didn't get much chance to look around the city, but there doesn't seem to be much here anyway. Oh well, onwards!
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  • Day5

    Messina (Sizilien) / Auf See

    December 1, 2017 in Italy

    30.11.2017
    Um 9:20 haben wir verspätet in Messina angelegt. Es ist bewölkt, sehr windig und gefühlte 15 Grad.

    11:00h:
    Gegen 10:00h bin ich von Bord gegangen. Vorher habe ich noch mein "Zwangstrinkgeld" an der Rezeption auf 0 Euro setzen lassen. Ich bevorzuge, das Trinkgeld individuell in Cash zu geben. Miguel aus Honduras - der für meine Innenkabine 1177 zuständig ist- ist ein erster Kandidat. Das einzig Interessante an dieser ziemlich vermüllten Stadt ist die Aussicht auf die Meerenge zwischen Sizilien und dem Festland. Zwei auf einem Hügel liegende Kirchen bieten eine gute Aussicht. Normalerweise sind bei Kreuzfahrten die zu kurzen Landausflüge ärgerlich, aber hier in Messina definitiv nicht. Max. 2 Stunden, um sich die Beine zu vertreten sind für diese Stadt mehr als genug. Nach dem Mittagessen bin ich dann noch einmal etwas gelaufen. Aber etwas wirklich Interessantes habe ich dann immer noch nicht in der Stadt gefunden. Haken dran ....

    01.12.2017
    07:00h:
    Ich habe wieder exzellent geschlafen und setze meine "Wasserkur" konsequent fort. Nur bei den verführerischen Süßwaren kann ich noch nicht konsequent "nein" sagen. Wir kreuzen jetzt südöstlich von Sardinien mit Kurs auf Barcelona. Heute erwarten uns 15 Grad und offensichtlich ein bewölkter Himmel. Nach Barcelona kann es jeden Tag nur noch wärmer werden.

    09:30h:
    Sardinien ist jetzt an der Steuerbordseite zu sehen. Ich habe mittlerweile wieder alles angezogen, was ich dabei habe um draußen an der frischen Luft sitzen zu können - einschließlich langer Unterhose.

    17:15h:
    So ein See Tag kann lang und kalt sein. Sobald die Sonne verschwindet, ist es an Deck auf Dauer zu frisch. Auch eine lange Unterhose hilft dann irgendwann nicht mehr. Aber selbst im Inneren des Schiffs kann es echt kalt werden. Heizungen gibt es offensichtlich auch nicht. Eine Kreuzfahrt ist eben nur was für warme Gefilde. Zum Glück wird es ab morgen täglich etwas weniger kalt und ab Madeira täglich etwas wärmer.

    Editiert am 25.02.2018
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  • Day15

    Beach

    July 24, 2016 in Italy

    The boys insisted on a beach stop after seeing all the old stuff. Neil did his 1 geocache and then we took the tram towards the beach. On the way we met Ashley and Cary, the honeymooners from N. Carolina. A couple of local girls told us to wait for the bus to a nicer beach. After waiting for 40 min in the scorching heat we decided to just go to the closer beach. At the beach, we met up with the rest of our gang.Read more

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