Monday, June 14, 2010
Monday, June 14th, Nicolosi
Today won't feature as many photographs, as we spent the morning driving up to near the southern limit of Mt Etna. It took a while to get there, and then another while to find our way up. Let's say that the word needs to get to Garmin that their maps are a little out of date. First, there are several new fast roads (autostrade) which don't appear in the database. Getting on them, and having Greta believe we're lost in a farm somewhere, is a little confusing. Hooray for Sicily for improving their road systems, and boo hoo for Garmin for falling behind in how advanced the country has become. Second, there have been a few more eruptions on Mt Etna, which have caused detours on the road system of the mountain. We were glad the local signs were well done, and we finally turned Greta off.
After spending a couple of hours in awe of the highest active volcano in Europe, we found our way to our B&B in Nicolosi. What a jewel! The owners are terrific, and arranged a better set of rooms for us at the same price. We hit it off well with them, and spent at least an hour talking about plants, trees, backgrounds, families, and Sicily. They oriented us to the local town, and we decided to walk over to the supermarket to stock up on food for a lunch in the B&B garden. We're now resting at 4pm, and contemplating dinner later on at a local restaurant.
For a look at the few photos for today, go to: Mt Etna & Nicolosi