LOCATION: Giardini Naxos, on the island of Sicily, Italy
WEATHER: We have been lucky with the weather. Sunny. High mid-70s
We got up early so that we could watch the ship sail through the Strait of Messina, the narrow waterway that is between mainland Italy and Sicily. A large school of playful dolphins did some surfing next to us, and it was such a cool experience to watch them, with the sun rising and the full moon still up over Sicily. We could see a bit of Mount Etna.
Today, we decided not to take one of the ship’s tours, but to visit this Sicilian beach town on our own. We had anchored again (versus docking) so needed to take the ship’s tender to get to shore. As we got ready to board the tender, some of the ship’s crew arrived on another tender carrying a 5-foot, 50-pound swordfish. I guess the “fish of the day” tonight in the restaurant will be fresh swordfish!
In town, we walked along the beachfront. Yesterday, Amalfi and Positano were quite posh, obviously popular beach resorts for the wealthy. Here, however, is where the locals come. The street was lined with seaside restaurants and booths for tour sign-ups. Lots of Italians were strolling along.
You can see our ship (with sails down) along with another cruise ship out at sea.
We found a bar/gelaterria/coffee shop/deli with good wifi, and got caught up with the blog and facebook. The Italians like to wear very skimpy swimsuits – including this guy with the little yellow thing.
Back at the ship, we checked out the marina on the back. You can swim from there, and use their equipment. I dipped my feet in the Tyrrhenian Sea, but the water was too cold for me to swim.
These other women, however, gave it a try.
Then, to the ship’s pool where the water was a bit warmer.
As we set sail at 5:00, we could see Mount Etna (in the photo below) spewing a bit of steam.
DINNER: We sat with a couple from North Carolina in the ship’s main restaurant. They were fun to talk with. I had a brie tart with asparagus; George the sole.
After dinner, we went to the main lounge to listen to the band play Beatles music. The band was quite good, but it was a little incongruous watching Indonesians singing Beatles music.