Taormina via Messina

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Taormina 1
There was no problem about travelling as far as Messina by rail. I had expected to have about half an hour to wait there before getting a train to Taormina. Perhaps it was because the train would have come from the mainland that it was affected by a strike when the one from Cefalu was not - anyway it certainly was affected. The official line was that it would arrive but they had no idea when. Within two hours? Most unlikely. There was a bus in two hours so I set out for a quick look at Messina.

The straits of Messina are very narrow and it was pleasant to watch the ferry for a while. Then I managed to be sitting in the main square and looking at the astronomical clock as it performed at midday - a bit underwhelming compared with Prague! The bus ride was pleasant as far as Taormina station and magnificent for the last part winding up to the village.
Taormina 2
What a village it is! The greenery was lush, even in February and the whole place shone with flowers. There was a superb view of Etna and its range, sadly in mist for much of the time - and another in each direction along the coast.

I had quite a problem for once finding somewhere to stay at an acceptable price. In the end a pretty unpleasant haggle saw me paying only a bit too much for mediocre accommodation. Then I went to see the main sight of Taormina. This is the so-called Greek Theatre, although most of what remains is Roman. This is one of the great sights of Sicily. In how many places can you sit outside and see a volcano in the not too distant distance? The stage is just sufficiently intact to entice small groups of (would-be) actors or musicians to perform and provide entertainment for other visitors. It made a fitting almost-end to my trip.
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Taormina 1
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photo by: Vlindeke