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Travel Blogs from Syracuse
... old streets. A maze of narrow back streets connected the piazzas and larger streets. In many of the hillside towns and cities we have visited in Italy these would have been steep stairs or alleyways. In Orytigia the were a pleasant stroll through the private corners of local people's lives. With the sun setting and a date (long overdue) with a washer and dryer, we said goodbye to Siracusa/Ortygia and went back to the ...
... site on the island of Ortigia which we visited later).There we saw the great altar to Zeus dedicated by King Hiero II, dating back to the 3rd Century BC. Only the foundations remain from the huge structure upon which hundreds of bulls could be sacrificed at the same time. Such a large altar was evidence of great wealth and huge sacrifices with subsequent ritual banquets served to consolidate power and unify the community.
Nearby we saw ...
... lost codex of Archimedes in an enticing and fascinating Ted lecture? http://www.ted.com/talks/william_noel_r evealing_the_lost_codex_of_archimedes.h tml
Thank goodness Harvey read a bit about the Greek tragedy Atigone and gave us the Cliff Notes version during the taxi ride over to the ancient Greek Ampitheatre. The play, written by Sophicles, may have been produced and seen in this same ampitheatre thousands of years ago. I’ll want ...
... a garbage collectors strike. It's relatively small, which makes it hard to get lost even though there are lots of narrow windy streets going off in all directions. It has many restaurants, hotels, B&Bs, etc. Busloads of tourists visit every day - quite annoying to we 'locals'! It is separated from the rest of Siracusa by a small waterway. Access is via one of three bridges.
One evening we went to a traditional puppet show. While we didn't understand what the characters we ...
... at one time, larger even than Athens or Corinth. It was - Eureka - where Archimedes lived and worked. The entire city is an UNESCO site.
We arrived at 9:30 am and had to fly out the next morning at 4:45 am. So we decided to make the most of the day by seeing as many sites as we could. In no particular order, we saw: The Temple of Appollo, the Greek Theatre, the "Ear of Dionysus", the Cathedral, the Caravaggio in the Church of St. Lucy, ...
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