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  • Day376

    Day 377: Mount Etna

    February 26, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌬 3 °C

    Up and out early again! Today was our last full day on Sicily and in Italy, and we were going to use it to conquer Mount Etna - the largest active volcano in Europe! Our Airbnb host had recommended a local guide who we'd chosen to go with, so he (Dario) picked us up at 9am out the front along with his assistant Basilico. In a funny coincidence, Basilico was from Bronte, the same village my sister's in-laws hail from, just on the other side of the mountain! Small world, though I don't think he knew them.

    We set off in Dario's 4WD and headed straight up for the base station of the cable car, since this is where most tours start. Unfortunately, there was basically a blizzard up at this altitude - howling winds and driving snow, so we couldn't really see anywhere. We briefly explored a large crater nearby (Etna is actually pock-marked with 2000+ craters and volcanic mounds), but the snow and wind made it too difficult to do anything realistic here. It was the kind of wind where you could comfortably lean into it, well past your balancing point, and feel very confident you weren't going to fall!

    So we hopped back in the car and descended, driving around various parts of the lower slopes. We got to see some lava valleys, forests, a few more craters and other various bits and pieces.

    Dario had OK English and Basilico was pretty fluent, so we had some good chats and a few laughs - they were quite entertaining! Stopped briefly at a store selling "local products" but thankfully no pressure to buy anything which was nice. The wines were quite good but since we were getting a flight the next day we didn't end up buying.

    Did about 45 minutes of hiking up a lava field which was quite interesting, though unfortunately we weren't able to see the summit crater since it was shrouded in heavy clouds - the same ones that had battered us earlier in the day.

    Eventually it was time to head back down, and we were back at our apartment around 3pm. Quite hungry since we hadn't had lunch (only a few snacks and fruit), we walked over to the main piazza 10 minutes away and had some arancini - delicious as always.

    Retreated home and spent the rest of the afternoon and evening there, though I ventured out for a takeaway pizza later in the evening. Not a bad way to complete our two months in Italy!
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  • Day8

    ÄTNA, bis auf 1800m

    June 22, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Aus Taormina kommend haben wir den Ätna besucht, allerdings nur bis zum Parkplatz in ca. 1800m Höhe.
    Die Temperatur fiel von 31° auf 20°, dazu etwas Wind. Schon wurde es fröstelig. Die beiden Krater vom Ausbruch 2001 haben wir dann erkundet, man sieht, die Vegetation ist zurück.
    Sehr interessant war die Änderung der Vegetation beim Hoch- und Runterfahren, von Orangenhainen über Esskastanien und Eichen, später Birken bis zur Vegetationsgrenze alles.Read more

  • Day9

    Etna tour

    July 8, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    A mai napon az Etnat celoztuk meg, hogy megnezzuk. Megneztuk elore, hogy milyen lehetosegek vannak es talaltunk egy nagyon jo kis blogot, ahol leirtak honnan es milyen modon lehet megkozeliteni az Etnat: Ugy dontottunk kocsival felmegyunk 1900 meterre es majd onnan tovabb libegovel 2500-ra. Azbut felfele is nagyon izgi volt ahogy egyre szurkult be a hegy ahogy mentunk fel a kanyargos hegyi utakon es folyamatosan csokkent a homerseklet 33 fokrol. Mire felertunk a parkolohoz 1900 meterre mar csak 20 fok volt, nagyon kellemesen hatott a napsuteses 20 fok neha kisebb felhokkel. MEgneztuk eloszor a Silvestri kratert ami egy 1987-es (asszem) kitores kovetkezteben jott letre. Az egesz olyan volt mintha egy masik bolygon maszkalna az ember. Sotetszurke vagy voroses hamuszeru retegen mentel vegig. Utana elsetaltunk a menedekhazhoz ahonnan indult a felvono. Ezt a hazat mar irtak hogy tobb esetben is veszelyeztette valamely kitores hogy elviszi de eddig meguszta. Egyebkent egy egesz nagy epulet en kisebbre szamitottam sokkal. A kabinos sifelvonoval felmentunk 2500 meterre ahol mar pulcsit kellett venni olyan hideg volt. Sajnos homerot nem talaltunk h megnezzuk hany fok van. Innen feljebb mar nem mentunk mert vagy sokkal jobb turafelszereles kellett volna vagy kifizethettunk volna 100 €-t h jeep-pel felvigyenek bennunket a meg fortyogo kraterhez. Ehelyett inkabb azt valasztottuk h a 2002-2003as kitores nyoman keletkezett lavafolyam mellett visszasetalunk a bazisra. Elotte csekkoltuk meg a sifelvonokat hogy ha legkozelebb erre jonnenk sielni, biztosan jo helyen leszunk-e. 😜 nagyon puha volt az ut a szurke hamutol es sokszor amikor nem talalkoztunk senkivel es csak a lavatormelekkel boritott tajat lattuk mindenhol olyan volt mintha nem is a foldon jarnank. Vegul egy 4,5 kmes, 600 meter szintkulonbseggel megtett ut utan leerkeztunk 1900 meterre. Ott ettem egy jobkis ricottas, pisztacias canollit, hogy potoljam az elvesztett energiat es indultunk haza giardini-be. 😊Read more

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