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  • Day244


    February 25, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Several people had recommended that we visit Syracuse, a coastal town with Greek, Roman, medieval and Baroque influences. We arrived before midday at the campervan stopover in the heart of town. It was €22 for 24 hours which was more than we'd usually pay but because the main sights were so close we didn't need to leave Poppy for too long, so we thought it was worth it.

    Grabbing some lunch before heading out, we looked through the window and saw a German couple and their dog who had stayed at the Giardini Naxos site with us! We chatted in broken English and German awhile before donning our sunhats and strolling downhill through the straight grid pattern streets to the old town, situated on a small island.

    Across the stone bridge, we saw small wooden fishing boats moored in the harbour, their blues, reds, whites and greens shining proudly in the bright light. There was a gathering of market stalls in front of the railed off remains of the Temple of Apollo. Huge cylindrical pillars now lay horizontally but we got a striking impression of past grandeur.

    Vicky needed new sunglasses and there was a good range over several stalls. However, for anyone who knows Vicky, you know how picky she can be and for all but one of the pairs proffered by the stallholders 'mi non piace la' (I don't lile that) was one of the phrases they received back. Eventually, a good enough pair was found and we moved on to the food market. Here we got cheese, artichokes, garlic, some red mullet and prawns from an adjacent fish shop and one of the large Amalfi lemons we'd seen growing. The stallholder, as others had done before him, checked we knew how to prepare it (which we didn't). Apparently it is best eaten thinly sliced, pith and all, with salt in salad. When we tried it, it had the consistency of an unripe avocado but tasted very nice.

    Moving away from the market, we treated ourselves to some yummy icecream and sat in the sunshine in the Baroque Piazza del Duomo, on the steps of the cathedral to eat it. Many of the market stall holders had been African and a seller now appraoched us, trying to persuade us to buy some African wooden items. We said no thank you and he sat beside us, beating his drum and enquiring where we were from. After a while he got up to leave but wanted to 'give' us each 'presents' of carved soap stone frogs. We'd both been caught out by 'presents' before and politely declined. When pressed further, we politely declined more forcefully and were left alone.

    On the way back we dropped in to the Santuario della Madonna dello Lacrime, a modern church constructed out of concrete to symbolise a teardop. We could see the building from our pitch and whilst it wasn't the most beautiful of structures it was certainly interesting, with a ground floor cript displaying the life of Christ in a journey of mosaics and paintings in alcoves that radiated around the circumference of the building. Upstairs, the huge basilica was basically an empty space under the conical spire of the teardrop structure.

    Back at the van, our pitch was grassy and the area surrounded by the yellow wildflowers that seem to coat the ground out here, so we sat out in the late sunshine with Poppy and caught up with family back in the UK. The next morning, we paid up did what we needed to with the van. The €22 definitely went towards the location because the services were in a poor state, with the water hose duct taped together and leaking through the join!
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  • Day4

    Arheoloogia muuseum

    October 7, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Käisime Siracusa linnas hiiglaslikus arheoloogia muuseumis. Saime teada, et suuri vaase kasutati matmiseks. Terve surnud inimene mahtus sinna sisse.
    Samuti lõvipeade skulptuurid olid arhitektuuris kaunistamise revolutsioon. Ning teatrimaskid olid väga creepyd.

    PS!Tuleb välja, et Eesti pole Euroopa liidus, sest kui sissepääsu piletit ostsime siis tädike ei uskunud, et me euroopa liidus asume isegi kuigi meie passide peal oli kirjas suurelt see. Helistas enda kolleegile ning uuris järgi.Read more

  • Day4

    Archimedese muuseum

    October 7, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Kuna Siracusa linn on ka Archimedese poolest kuulus siis käisime ka tema nn muuseumis, mis tegelikult oli väljas asuvad eksponaadid. Kui ilm ei oleks olnud nii tappev siis oleks saanud seal ka pikemalt asju uurida. Aga muidu sellised "muuseumid" mulle meeldivad, saad tabletist juttu kuulata ja ise kätega katsuda.
    See koht asus kuskil maha jäetud majadest mööda nurgataga. Leidsime teepealt ka sidrunit või laimi, täpselt ei ole kindel kumb see oli aga korjasime mõned ning kodus uurime järgi.
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  • Day4


    October 7, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Kuna päeval oli nii kuum ning me jalutasime päev otsa siis hotelli tagasi jõudes läksime otsejoones basseini ennast jahutama. Megamõnus. Peale seda tegime hilise siesta kuni Tea ja Jaanus uksetaha tulid ning teatasid, et lähevad enne õhtusööki hotelli baari. Alguses ei võtnud me vedu kuid pärastpoole liitusime nendega ja otsustasime mojitod võtta, kange kraam.Read more

  • Day4

    Õhtusöök vaatega

    October 7, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Kuna hotelli restoran oli täna suletud läksime mereäärde restorani, kus oli päris äge vaade otse kaljult alla. Taivoga tellisime salatit ja pitsat, ülejäänud tellisid kala ja muid veeelukaid. Taivo sai lõpuks õige Itaalia pitsa proovitud.

  • Day7

    Sicilija dan 7 Noto - Siracusa

    September 12, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    ...po zajtrku v nasem luksuznem domovanju in po veselju, da smo spet vsi zdravi :) rečemo ciao Noto in se odpeljemo proti Siracusi. Pot je hitra in v cca 30 km oddaljeno Siracuso pridemo v cca 30 minutah. Potem pa se je malo začelo :), prvo s težavami z navigacijo, potem pa z prometom znotraj Sirakuze. Parkirati je domala nemogoče, saj je prostora malo. Končno smo uspeli najti prostor cca 350 m stran od našega malega stanovanja, ter se pešake sprehodili. Prispeli, fino, celo oprali smo si že umazano perilo, kuhali nismo, smo ob prvem sprehodu našli eno fino gostilnico, moderno, zdravo.

    Vse povedano :), res vrhunsko, relativno poceni ( 2 wrapa s piščancem, velika Cesar solata s pišekom, sadna solata, pir, voda - 22 eur). Verjetno bo danes večerja spet na istem mestu :)

    Siracusa, predvsem stari del Ortigia je res lepa. Krasno obmorsko mesto in ko se po prvem piru pomiriš zaradi prometa je svet lepši.

    Popoldanski počitek, malica "doma", pršut, parmezan v stilu pač in popoldne ob obali, kopanje, danes samo ženski del ekipe. Potem pa še zvečer na potep, večerjo, poskusili smo,tud mandarinino lučko z čokolado, isuse kak je to dobro....skratka, poskušamo se držati načela "dolce far niente"....

    Jutri naprej....Giardini Naxos, Etna, Taormina....
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  • Day101

    Latomie du Paradis

    February 5 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    Greek LITOS means stone and TEMNO, cut leading to the name of this ancient quarry.
    The mine, dug underground from solid rock, provided the best stone from the deepest levels. Unfortunately for the miners who were prisoners working day and night on bread and water and never leaving the site. The Vth C Greek historian Tucidide records that after the Athenian defeat in the Port of Syracuse (413 BCE) 7000 prisoners were entombed in the mines. Of course, they probably had been prisoners chained to oars of the triremmes and welcomed their new fate which avoided drowning. In fact Plutarch reminds us of the Syracusan kindness in offering freedom to each man who could recite a verse of Euripides.
    Only one pillar remains after the earthquake of 1693. Perched delicately on top are the remains of a mediaevil house. The outline elevations of more can still be seen on the rim of the quarry.
    A squared off cavern in the base of the cliff was used until about 1900 as a workshop for rope making, as it provided the shade and humidity required. Next to it is this marvellous acoustic chamber which Caravaggio called the ear of Dionysius, supposedly after a tyrant who built it to house prisoners and keep tabs of their conversation. The marks of picks and chisels on its walls give the game away though: it was really dug from the back and top of the quarry following a vein of 'good' rock. It snakes in 65m, with a height of 23m at the front and 30m at the rear. Standing in the doorway the sounds inside appear to be amplified rather than echoed and I was very lucky that a couple of ladies in front of me decided to sing Schuberts Ave Maria to test it. Rotel better watch out.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Siracusa, Syrakus, Syracuse, سرقوسة, Sirakuz, Горад Сіракуза, Сиракуза, Sirakuza, Syrakusy, Συρακούσες, Sirakuzo, Sirakusa, سیراکوز, Syrakusa, Sioracús, סירקוזה, Սիրակուզա, QIC, シラクサ, სირაკუზა, Сиракузы, 시라쿠사, Syracusae, Siracüsa, Sirakūzai, Sirakūzas, Сиракузæ, Syrakuzy, سائراکوز, Siracuza, Sarausa, Syrakúzy, Sirakuze, ซีรากูซา, Lungsod ng Siracusa, Siraküza, Сіракуза, سرقوسہ، صقلیہ, Siracuxa, 锡拉库扎

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