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Travel Blogs from Ragusa
... bouncing kids in Santa outfits singing along to "So here it is, Merry Christmas Everybody's having fun" and diagonally opposite, speeches demanding action "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your euros!" This juxtaposition sums up this wonderfully interesting, culturally diverse place.
The dreaded Christmas Photo
Signora, I do love her dearly, but she has been priming both Signor e me for what seems like weeks for the "natale fotografia". We have tried it ...
... master Owen had booked a £50 return flight from Stansted to Comiso (One and a quarter hours from Avola). And to cap it all Mistress Angharad is on the same flight. They 'rock up' on Decembre 5th, just a few days after we move in.
The night all my training proved its worth.
It had been another restful day. I'd enjoyed a swim in the Mediterraneo on the local beach, Signor e Signora had jumped into the pool. The local wine, Nero d' Avola, had flowed and the BBQ had ...
... report that I had sent our chief photographer to an erupting Mount Etna. The volcano had indeed erupted, however, the summit was clouded in volcanic mist.
Yesterday, on our way back from Modica - 100 kilometres away - Mount Etna - like a recently expired conical firework, smoke spiralling from the summit. A photo opportunity will no doubt present itself in the near future.
Fino alla prossima volta,
Bruno (Il Cane)
... talking about its history. At one time, it was the most powerful city in the Mediterranean. Today we can see the footprint of Ancient Greece in the amphitheatres and architecture still evident in the reasonably well preserved archaeological sites. The city is about 2700 years old and was the birthplace of Archimedes. At its peak during the Greek period, it aligned itself with the Spartans and Corinthians, and at one point defeated the ...
... in mind, at the morning editorial meeting, I gave instructions to our formerly esteemed chief photographer. "Get out there, I need graphic images of the extent of prostitution, corruption and racketeering". Hours later, she returned with one lousy picture of garbage by the highway, I tell her, this will not get you the Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism.
Away from normality of Calabrian life, the camp sites ...