Mt. Etna - living breathing volcano

Trip Start Oct 03, 2006
Trip End Oct 18, 2006

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

The Gods did NOT want us to see Mt. Etna. Zeus roared with thunder, he threw bolts of lightening at us, the rain poured down the road as Angelo guided that big bus up the mountain. At a couple of points he (Angelo not God) had to stop and wipe off the windscreen so he could see....although there wasn't much to see it was so foggy and rainy. He joked that all the other buses were heading down the mountain and we were the only traffic headed up. For good reason.

Finally, we made it to the place where the tours leave for the top. Only no one was doing tours today. All the other buses had left and we all went into the restaurant to at least have lunch. A couple of brave Explorers took the cable cars up to the next level, but they reported there wasn't much to see.

Deb, Tom and I went to the few shops that were open and bought some lava figurines. The shops were closing as we left them. Not one of us three realized that the Silvestri crater was within walking distance. It was too wet to pull out our books and with the tour office closed well, only Bill in the group went there and looked around. I would have had I known but it was so wet I didn't even get a picture of...well, there wasn't much to take a picture of anyway. The rain was so steady of a downpour I couldn't even take the camera out or it would have been drenched...too bad, this turned out to be our only chance to see Etna.

Soggy and disappointed we headed back down to Letojanni. This was our last night with the group and we had our "Last Supper" to attend.

The Last Supper for our Adventure tour was held at Hotel Ristorante da Peppe. It was fun. Len had written some poems of various impressions of the tour. He and several others read them in turn. Len, Andrew and Steven then treated us to their play of the babes of Villa del Casale. It was hilarious....much like the pantomimes in London. Michael then brought out his bagpipes and played them for the whole ristorante. A kitchen worker came out and photographed it on his cell phone!

After that, there was no stopping the Brits! They pulled back tables and chairs to create a dance floor. While Michael piped they danced! It was fun to watch and hear.

Supper over, Michael then walked us back to the hotel while playing his pipes. It was fun evening, and even though it after 10pm, people came out of buildings and restaurants to watch this mad piper leading his tour home.
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