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... stuff too! An orange salad, with fresh onion, olives and a bit of chilli, was a tasty and refreshing accompaniment. Following on from yesterday's archeology, I have looked more closely at Ortigia's Greek past - the Temple of Apollo, near the end of my street, and most spectacularly the Duomo, which is built around the remains of the Temple of Athena. The usual structure of a cathedral has been adapted to incorporate the original 5th Century BC columns into ...
... first and sit in the first row. It was still all economy class though. Baggage took an age to arrive at Catania airport and by the time we took a taxi to our B&B it must have been about 1030pm. No elevator at the B&B so we first carried our hand luggage up about six flights of stairs. What do you know - there is no room available for us! I spent the next 30 minutes or so in a stinking hot reception ...
... salt to dress myself and homemade ravioli with yellow pumpkin, artichokes, stone bass, shrimp and fennel with a very light seafood marinara. Absolutely fabulous and I nearly fell forward, asleep in my pasta. They even comped me warm chocolate cake sprinkled with ground pistachios which I was almost to exhausted to eat, but my rock-solid commitment to chocolate won out.
Tomorrow I meet up with Lucy and will hopefully have the energy to climb Mt ...
... expressed above. Walking to the ship about 3pm we saw Tina and Andrew who happened to be returning from their walk around town and their opinions of Catania were the same. We had lunch on the stern deck and were still there at 5pm as the ship departed, of course with Craig doing the blog and for the first time using the ships slow expensive internet to access emails and upload yesterday's blog - it cost US$22 - given we had no time today to use a cafe with wifi. ...
... and this one could only take us to ANOTHER shuttle, which MIGHT be the right one...
(INTERMISSION: So this is where Mario and I realize that we were incredibly spoiled with the super-efficient, super-fast and super-punctual transit systems of Japan.)
So why visit Ortigia? Well, the city - no, more like a neighborhood - is this pretty little maze of laneways and alleyways all twisted together and put on ...