What, you want to pay to use the toilet?
Trip Start Oct 18, 2007
24Trip End Nov 20, 2007
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We woke earlyish to watch the entry into the harbour before daylight. Quick early breakfast before our Taormina excursion. No queue for shorex like we saw on first day, get our stickers and straight out on to bus and take off (no waiting).
We thought Taormina was along the northern coast, but instead it was south. We drive though Messina (lovely city - 90% destroyed in an earthquake in 1908, 10th strongest in history. Out onto the motorway and wind along the coast through tunnel after tunnel. Lots of people on the bus who shouldn't be on this trip - it was labelled very strenuous (I guess people don't read). Turns out to be ok for most people anyway and very easy for us (especially after our training in Venice and Dubrovnik).
Scenery is quite spectacular with lots of cliffs and buildings build in precarious places. Roadways spiral up hillsides on pillars.
Wife: "I need to use the bathroom."
Husband: "But they're free at the theatre."
Wife: "I need to go now."
I look around and catch their cabin number on the luggage tag they have attached to their day bag - 703X - a deluxe suite. Maybe bitching over 1 euro to use a toilet is how they can afford the suite!
The theatre is interesting -
We leave the tour group that we've reluctantly stayed with all morning (we're both fast walkers and they are realllllly slow),
Then it's back on the bus and back to Valetta. The guide is an amazing fountain of information.
We've already got a bar friend - don't need to use our card to buy drinks anymore - he already knows our name and room number - Lawrence (of Arabia) apparently.
Stromboli appears through the haze.
Go to show after dinner. Something about hats. Pretty ordinary. Good singing, good dancing but a bit pale compared to the Celebrity extravaganzas. We leave before it finishes. Huge day tomorrow.