Siracusa & Mount Etna
Trip Start Jan 11, 2007
94Trip End Jan 15, 2010
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Since it was Carnevale season, there was a big festival on the waterfront. All the kids were dressed in Carnevale costumes, which look a lot like American Halloween costumes. There was also a marathon race in the streets of the old town. It all combined to create one massive traffic jam near the ruins. So, we essentially never made it to the ruins.
After sitting in traffic for 2 hours, getting lost even with the TomTom and never finding a parking spot, we left Siracusa and drove back towards Taormina, cussing about the Italian civil engineers and road builders all the way
We finally found the Auchan, did a little shopping, and were happy to finally reach our peaceful, quiet hotel. We decided to save Siracusa for another trip.
On Monday, we left Taormina and drove around Mount Etna's snow-covered slopes. It was eerie to see the dried lava from previous eruptions, and the absence of trees and vegetation except for scrubby bushes. In some areas, it looked like the eruption could have happened 2 months ago.