Sometimes everything conspires to make a cruise stop perfect. We found that in Syracusa, a port city that used to rival Athens in importance. It is beautiful, really beautiful, its old town projecting into the blue sea so that there are views everywhere you look. Trees in bloom with colorful flowers. Perfect air, not too hot. A fabulous place for lunch. A fascinating cathedral afterwards, and a leisurely stroll to an open boat ride to the ship.
It was a picture perfect day. I’ll let the pictures tell the story.
Panoramic view of old town, Syracusa, as we get ready to anchor. Taken from our balcony. Taking an open boat (not the tender!) into town Getting closer Arrived! First thing we saw — Greek ruins. This city is layer upon layer of peoples long gone. Brilliant color in a local shop. Cool darkness leading to a sunny courtyard View back toward the grand port Looking back on the Encore at anchor Tourist bustle in the narrow lanes Our lunch destination — il Tempio di Athena The menu. Choices, choices! Happy to be here, sitting in the shade Bruschetta. A little something to start Raising the antipasti bar — all my favorite things Seafood potato salad — Jerry’s first course Pizza Diavolo — Jerry’s Vegetariano — guess whose? Trying to be prudent (could have eaten the whole thing) A little lemon sorbetto to finish Happy, happy guy Steps from the restaurant, the other side of the town Rocky beach, crystal waters Another lovely street scene Lucky find — artisanal jewelry shop with the artisan working at his bench inside Jewelry maker at work More street scenes Cathedral with columns from the Greek temple to Athena, Byzantine and medieval additions Interior Greek columns Home of fabulous gelato and Sicilian almond cookies Incredible almond and pistachio cookies Self explanatory. Just sitting there in the middle of town. Doesn’t everyone have Greek ruins?
If I ever run a B&B, this is what I am calling it Heading home to the ship No dinner for me. Who knew almond cookies would make me sick? Champagne and caviar for Jer Sunsets behind a smoking Mount Etna Pretty content on the second to last night of the cruise A pilot boards to navigate us through the Straits of Messina. He just stepped off the pilot boat on to ours while both were moving. Suddenly teaching Trump to freshmen looks like a pretty good job “Land of fires” in southern Italy