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Provincia di Reggio Calabria

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  • Day264

    Bagnara Calabra, Goodbye Sicily!

    March 17, 2017 in Italy ⋅

    We set off at 10am, picked up some replacement parts for our ageing tandem, some groceries and drove for several hours to get to Porto di Tremestieri, from where we would catch the ferry back to the Italian mainland.

    Arriving at the port we were separated from the lorries and told to wait in a corner with some other smaller vehicles. Three ferries departed, but we were still told to wait. We sat there frustrated while others that had been told to stay back sneeked on against the remonstrations of the official. Vicky eventually asked when we'd go on the ship and was told there were different companies operating. The fourth (Blu Line) ferry was ours, but when asked for our ticket we were told we should have had it stamped. Almost before we had time to think 'oh no', the officer whistled another employee over and instructed him to 'take this lady's ticket to the office and get it stamped!'. The employee zipped off on hos moped, beeping his horn to cries of 'veloce, veloce!' (fast, fast!). Sure enough, they got it sorted and we were juddering accross the Straits of Messina within 10 minutes, the boat hull flexing with the strain.

    Church bells rang out a tune as the sun set over the Sicilian mountains, including the still smouldering Mount Etna. We felt sad to be leaving this amazing island. It isn't perfect by a long way, but we'd been lucky enough to see so many amazing natural sights and meet some wonderfully warm and generous people, that it will be remembered fondly!

    As a final farewell, Sicily delivered a sensational treat, Will spotted some water exploding in the distance. We knew it was a tumultuous stretch of sea, so we thought it was waves crashing together until we looked closer and saw dolphins leaping high out of the sea before smashing back in with a splash! They played for a good ten minutes and may have continued for longer, but the ferry put distance between the group and us until we lost sight of them.

    There was still an hour's difficult drive to do when we got off the ferry and we were both tired when we pulled up at the Bagnara Calabra free stopover, a car park beside a seafront artifical football field. We were beginning to relax after tea when there was a knock on the door. The person knocking asked if we were planning to stay the night, then told us it would be €15! We showed him the book that said it was a free stopover, but he insisted it was €15. There was water and an emptying point that the book hadn't mentioned so we suppose the charge may have come about when they installed these facilities. We handed over the money and he promised that the boat currently blocking access to the emptying point would be moved by the morning, but surprise surprise it wasn't.

    Driving out of town the following morning, the route took us up the hill into a narrow grid of streets. A car was parked very awkwardly at the entrance to the crossroads at the end of one street. Vicky was able to squeeze past it, but the road ahead was a 'no entry' and when she started to turn, she caught the front wing of the car with the side of the van! Will managed to get the van out of the street by doing a three point turn while Vicky passed her details to some residents who had seen it happen and were sympathetic. Suffice to say we were happy to get out of this particular town and on the road!
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  • Day104

    Hohoho und das Monster von Scilla

    December 23, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Da wir uns abends mitten auf die Dünen gestellt hatten, wachten wir morgens mit ein bisschen Sorge auf, denn es hatte begonnen zu regnen. Aber wir konnten glücklicherweise ohne Probleme aus dem Sand heraus fahren ohne stecken zu bleiben. Aufgrund des trüben Wetters entschieden wir bis zu unserem Campingplatz in Scilla die Autobahn zu nutzen statt am Strand entlang zu fahren.

    Als wir den Ort bereits vormittags erreichten, waren wir ganz glücklich diesen für unser Weihnachtslager auserkoren zu haben, denn die Stadt war wirklich hübsch. Wir konnten uns den perfekten Platz aussuchen von dem aus man einen fantastischen Blick auf die tiefer gelegene Stadt Scilla mit ihrer Burg und den bunten Häusern hatte. Auf der anderen Seite konnte wir schon unser nächstes Ziel, Sizilien, sehen. Nach der Nutzung der zu dem Platz gehörenden kalten Outdoordusche ohne Tür oder Vorhang, machten wir uns auf den Weg um die Stadt zu erkunden.

    Am Strand erkannte man, dass auch dieser Ort vor den Unwettern vor ein paar Wochen nicht verschont blieb. Wir stiegen durch die kleinen verwinkelten Gassen hinauf zur Burg Ruffo.
    Um die auf einem Felsen gelegene Burg rankt sich der Mythos des schrecklichen Monsters Skylla, das dort gelebt haben soll. Aus Eifersucht hatte die Zauberin Kirke das Meer vergiftet in dem die wunderschöne Skylla gerne badete. Als sie hinaus stieg wuchsen ihr aus dem Unterleib sechs Hundeköpfe und zwölf Hundebeine. Seid dem wütet sie dort. Wir bekamen sogar eine private Führung durch ein deutsches DIN A4 Blatt.

    Wir schlenderten noch etwas durch den Ort und bewunderten die Weihnachtsdeko und die Vielzahl an Krippen die sowohl an Kirchen als auch in Fenstern angebracht waren. Und wie bei uns war das Christkind noch nicht in die Krippe gelegt worden.

    Zurück am Campingplatz platzieren wir unseren Esstisch direkt an den Klippen und fragten uns wie der morgige Tag wohl aussehen wird :)
    Nach und nach fühlte sich der Camperstop, so dass wir über Nacht sechs Camper waren, die ihren Weg dort hin gefunden hatten.

    Tag 105: Heilig Abend
    Gaaanz gemütlich starteten wir in den Tag. Tobi las noch ein bisschen im Bus und Leni legte eine Yogaeinheit ein um sich auf den besinnlichen aber diesmal ganz anderen Weihnachtstag einzustimmen.
    Während wir unserer Gemütlichkeit nachgingen, uns weihnachtlich schick machten und den Frühstückstisch mit Leckerein deckten, verabschiedeten sich nach und nach immer mehr Camper, so dass wir nach dem Frühstück tatsächlich alleine auf dem Platz standen.

    Wir verbrachten den Tag komplett entspannt in dem wir mit daheim skypten, unser kleines Bäumchen dekorierten und ca. drei Stunden Monopoly spielten. Dann war es auch schon Zeit sich dem wichtigen 3-Gänge-Menü zu widmen. Trotz des begrenzten Raums und lediglich einem Gaskocher waren wir mit unserem Mahl durchaus zufrieden. Als Vorspeise gab es Feldsalat und Bruschetta und zum Hauptgang Spätzle (oder sowas ähnliches :D) und Champignonrahmsoße. Natürlich waren wir (wie immer an Weihnachten) so voll gegessen, dass wir zunächst auf die Nachspeise verzichteten.
    Wir sahen noch einen Weihnachtsfilm und entschieden uns während dessen das Tiramisu und die Windbeutel in Schokosoße (nein, nicht selbst gemacht) zu essen.

    Wir waren wirklich zufrieden mit unserem Weihnachtsfest, dass dieses Jahr einfach mal so ganz anders war und haben gemerkt, dass weniger auch toll sein kann. Dennoch freuen wir uns natürlich riesig darauf dieses besinnliche Familienfest im nächsten Jahr auch wieder mit dieser feiern zu können :-* Denn so richtig fühlt es sich, so weit weg nicht nach Weihnachten an.
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  • Day119

    Überfahrt zurück aufs Festland

    January 7 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Da wir die Runde in Sizilien nun beinahe beendet hatten stand heute die Fährüberfahrt zurück aufs Festland Italiens bevor.

    Nach einem kleinen Zwischenstopp in Ganzirri von wo aus wir einen tollen Blick auf den Kanal zwischen Sizilien und dem Festland hatten fuhren wir direkt weiter nach Messina.
    Da wir das Ticket für die Rückfahrt bereits hatten, konnten wir uns direkt in die Schlange stellen und mussten nur wenige Minuten warten bis wir auf die Fähre auffahren konnten. Diesmal hatten wir wohl die Luxusvariante bekommen, denn es gab sogar Rolltreppen in den nächsten Stock!
    Nach einer 20 minütigen Show von einer lustigen italienischen Familie, die die Zeit gerne zum posen nutzte, waren wir auch schon da.

    Die Weiterfahrt erfolgte direkt zu unserem Stellplatz an einem kleinen Fluss, der dort ins Meer mündet. Wir erkundeten noch ein klein wenig die Umgebung bevor es dann auch leider schon wieder zu kalt wurde um sich länger draußen aufzuhalten.
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  • Day18

    On the train - ferry to Sicilia!

    September 12, 2014 in Italy ⋅

    There was all this racket on the train and we were stopped for a while my assumption being changing out cars or some kind of delay /mechanical problems. I have learned to accept that in Italy you will be late and they won't tell you what is going on so I just places when I get there. Then all the sudden someone in my cabin was like hey let's go upstairs for food and drinks. I had no idea what they were talking about assuming we were at a train stop. I didn't realize they pulled the entire train in to the bottom of a ferry to get us to Sicily. They had over 20 train cars on the ferry and room for many more. Simply amazing. See pics for details. Have to say it's the first time I have been on a train and a boat at the same time.Read more

  • Day10

    Marina......

    September 17, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Sind heute zu unserem nächsten Ziel unterwegs, nach Marina di Giosa Lonicera. Dazwischen am südlichsten Punkt vom Stiefel Italia am Meer gerastet. Für mich richtig heiß, für Bene zum wohlfühlen. Am Hotel angekommen, direkt am Wasser jedoch merkt man dass die Hauptsaison vorbei ist. Trotzdem alle Menschen die wir kennen lernen sind super nettRead more

  • Day67

    Another ferry

    January 2 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    After an interesting couple of hours in the ports commercial parking area, where a steady stream of cars with single people inside cruised past inquisitively but only one wound down her window to offer me take-aways or something, (my Italian is not too fluent,) I found a pleasant spot in a quiet lane beside the hospital to spend the night before catching a ferry from Villa San Giovanni Caronte to Messina. 60 Euros for an half hour crossing makes it nearly 4 times more expensive than crossing the channel!
    Crossing the terrain would be like sitting on a merry-go-round horse were it not for the many viaducts built everywhere.
    My hopes for warm temperatures were raised by the latitude, about the same as Andalucia, and by the smouldering Mount Etna which had been farting for a few days (and still is). Alas, no sooner did I arrive at my destination, Caltagirone, than it snowed heavily. Watching the cars in town sliding around in nearly 50 cm of white stuff was mildly amusing but luckily it all melted within 24 hrs.
    Incidentally, Stromboli has just erupted unexpectedly but since it is not linked to Etna, that doesn't signify much to me, though I suppose the people evacuated from their homes were not too happy.
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  • Day51

    Reggio Di Calabrio

    October 19, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Wow, what a long day already and we have only completed the first step of our travel day. We left Maratea at 9am for what should have been a three and a half hour drive that turned into a four and a half hour drive.

    We saw a few accidents today, not surprising because Italians all drive like they have a death wish, lots of police doing radar, first time we had seen that, and ridiculous speed limits in odd places. And some of the roads we drove on were very scary, so high up and sticking out the side of mountains. It was a very stressful drive.

    We then arrived at the car hire place to drop the car off and while most place had been relatively easy to park the car, we drove into a major traffic area. There were cars everywhere. We have never seen traffic like it and there was no way we could find a park. I jumped out to find out if the car to find out from the car hire company where to go. The lady came out, just stuck her hand up to cross the busy road, (and the cars just stopped for her), and thankfully she then took over the driving. She did a u-turn in the middle of all the traffic and parked the car outside her office across the driveway. She then told us it was school pick up time which was why it was so hectic. Ten minutes later and it was as quiet as anything.

    It amazes me how the Italians just drive wherever they want, park any which way and everyone seems quite calm about it. We have heard very few horns blasting (except the odd one at us for obeying the speed limit) and haven’t witnessed any road rage. Us Aussie drivers need to learn a thing or two about patience when driving.

    I think Brad was extremely relieved to be able to hand over the keys and call it a day. Due to the stress of driving today, we changed our future travel plans to exclude anymore driving adventures. Brad breathed a big sigh of relief. He has done an amazing job driving and we have seen so many more places because he was brave enough to give it a go. ❤️
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Provincia di Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria

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