Syracuse May 16th – 23rd

When we got back to our dinghy after our day in Taormina- much to our dismay- the outboard has been cut off the dinghy and was gone. Damn damn damn. Theiving so and so’s. On our first day in Sicily!

So we had to deal with it. S borrowed an oar to get us back to boat and then went off to report it to the police. He found there was no one there!! So next day we moved to the next town and tried again, successfully in about 2 hours!!

There’s not much chance of getting it back.

We moved on to Syracuse via Catania. Our friends on Sacre Bleu were there so we anchored there and had a very rolly night. There was a swell. Next day we were given permission to come onto the Town quay. Pic above – our boat is there! 1st on right! Lovely wide pedestrian promenade. The anchorage was a bit far to row in!! We’re missing our outboard.

In Greece you just find a space on town quay ‘s, here you have to ask. And it wasn’t busy. And it was free for 5 days.

So now we were comfortable. Simon looked around for dinghy /outboard shops. We were very well positioned , by Ortiga, the old town. Entrance below. We explored. It’s easy to walk around. We found the Temple of Apollo, the brilliant market, the Cathedral, lots of lovely alleyways and sides trees, fountains, proper modern clothes shops. A wigwam cathedral.

We hired a car for 2 days to explore. We had a brilliant trip to and up Etna

It felt warm herebut cold cold cold here!!

which involved a cable car ride, a 4×4 bus ride and a walk with a guide. It was fairly remarkable! And enjoyable.

Trip to a Gorge. Where we waded rather than walked the gorge. And I took walking footwear!! My guidebook let me down there!

The time passed quickly. We watched the Royal Wedding and thoroughly enjoyed it. Such a happy day. It was also our wedding anniversary, same day. 39 years. I was hoping for an invitation!! Instead we had our friends Anne and Peter round for dinner and will go out for a meal together eventually.

We’re having trouble sourcing a dinghy etc. The advice is that we may have more luck in Malta. So , after checking on line and talking to yacht chandlers there, we decided to try our luck there. Plus we get to see a new place!!

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