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We left our Hotel Bellini in Catania. It looked worse from the outside than it really was. Inside it was clean and staff were terrific, providing helpful guidance for the city and beyond. The guidebook said that the Hotel was located in an area "with a lively bar scene outside." The book wasn't kidding. The noise of music and people went well …
... met up with a few crew members at a cafe where there is good wifi. I was able to have a video chat with my mama before heading back to the ship.
I watched Silhouette the show for the 7th and 8th time and watched the movie Goon. On a side tangent, this movie is hilarious and since parts of it were filmed in Winnipeg it made me very happy to watch while being so far away from home. ...
... lunch). Chiesa di Santa Lucia al Sepolcro has the first Caravaggio painting I've seen outside of a museum, and it's beautiful. Unfortunately, no photos allowed. We visit the Duomo which is built on top of the ancient Temple of Minerva. Finally we see Apollo's Temple, built in 600 BC, which seems oddly out of place in the city center.
I'll miss my Italian family! Hope to see you again soon.
... And we figured out how to convert C to F- not an easy task in a house with no internet, but a beautiful, old set of encyclopedias: F = (C x 9/5) + 32
I've never bragged about my knowledge of history, but how could I have not known how America got its name? Americo Vespuci was a navigator that followed Christopher Columbus to "India." When Columbus arrived in America he had been heading for India- apparently, that's why he called the Native Americans Indians. ...
... We We walk up to the crater and the landscape is so barren, practically nothing grows here. Because of the low cloud, there isn't even a view of Catania below. We don't stay long at all. I had been looking forward to seeing Etna, but now I wonder why. Even Marty is unimpressed and it doesn't take much to please him. We get back in the car and I'm all for heading back and calling it quits, but Paul wants to push onto a small town at the other end of the island, about fifty kms away. I ...
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
- Pets allowed