Lipari -- seafood and more seafood!

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Flag of Italy  , Sicily,
Saturday, June 26, 2010

Lipari (Sicilian: Ĺpari, Latin: Lipara, ancient Greek: Meligunis) is the largest of the Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the north coast of Sicily, and the name of the island's main town. It has a permanent population of 11,000; during the May-September tourist season, its population may reach up to 20,000.

The island was created by a succession of four volcanic movements, the most important of which was the third one, presumably lasting from 20,000 BC to 13,000 BC.    Further important phenomenon should have happened around 9,000 BC.  The last recorded eruptions occurred in the fifth century CE when the airborne pumice covered Roman villages on the island. The volcanoes are considered active.   As a result of the volcanic origins, the island is covered with pumice and obsidian.  Pumice mining has become a large industry on Lipari, and the pale pumice from Lipari is shipped internationally.

We really enjoyed our time on this charming island.  It was so clean and pristine even with the laundry hanging on upstairs balconies.  The shops were immaculate and very welcoming.  We visited the cathedral that sits like a fortress to the sea.  The stairs leading to the church were murder, but we made it!  We were glad we did because we also were able to visit the Roman city that had been buried in a volcano and recently uncovered.  We also saw the coffins of stone that are centuries old and the coliseum which is still used for concerts.  And what a view!

We had a pleasant walk through the village and as is our habit it seems, we stopped for a delightful lunch of stuffed squid and the famous marguerite pizza.  Of course I enjoyed Gilles' company, my wine and the spectacular views.

Back on the ship, it was black and red night so we dressed appropriately.  I could write volumes about the food every day but I don’t want my readers to think that is my only focus.  Ha!  I will mention, however, that I had quail tartlet as my appetizer at dinner.  Oh my!

By popular demand, the band played a second set at the lounge at night.  We are getting to bed so late that it is tough to get up in the mornings.  Such fun!
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Barb Graham on

You are doing an incredible job of a little history and fun by the sea. We are all so jealous of your adventure but feel so good about lliving it vicariously.
Can't wait for the next travelog

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