Buon giorno (good day)!! Hope you have enough energy today...because we are off to explore Sicily and Mount. Etna!
We arrived at the seaport Messina in Sicily. This was the famous statue at the harbor...This photo was taken by my daughter Stephanie in the early morning.
We did some strolling in the town and discovered this chocolate museum shop! Can you believe that the displays were made with chocolate! I couldn't quite believe it even though I saw these art works (see that chocolate "dress"?) with my own eyes! I was so inspired by these intricate designs and patterns at the time that I missed stamping (LOL)!
The chef/owner proudly smiled for us!
Taormina is very popular with tourists all year around. This little town has inspired photographer such as Wilhem von Gloeden. Taormina's first important tourist was Johann Wolfgang Goethe who dedicated exalting pages to the city in his book entitled Italian Journey. Starting from the 19th century Taormina became a popular tourist resort in the whole of Europe: people who visited Taormina include Oscar Wilde, Nicholas I of Russia, Nietzsche (who here wrote his Also sprach Zarathustra), Richard Wagner and many others.
During the early 20th century the town became a colony of expatriate artists, writers, and intellectuals. I only wish we had more time to explore Taormina ... one and half hour was not enough do do its justice!
And of course, during that short period of time of visit, we had to do some food shopping and sampling...I ended up buying some Oregano, mixed Italian herbs and pasta! The kids were happy to get some Gelato! The chocolate hazelnut treat (see below in the middle) was so yummy!
After this lovely visit, we started our 1/1/2 hour bus ride to Mount. Etna--Europe's largest active volcano. We saw the remnants of the eruptions in 2002.
It got colder as we went higher to the mountain....
After we reached the destination stop, it's time for a small lunch :)
This was our scrumptious lunch-- Italian Rice Ball (Fried Risotto) and pizza!
We arrived at Silvertri Spent Craters, almost 6,400 feet above sea level.I felt so blessed to be able to be on top of Mt. Etna with my family. Life is good!
Thanks so much for stopping by!