Day 1-9: Malta and Sicily

Malta

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There were no boat rides that day at Blue Grotto as the sea was too rough, but the view was nevertheless magnificent.

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Valletta, the capital of Malta, as seen from St Julian’s.

Catania

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6:15am: From the balcony of my Airbnb bedroom. I called shotgun on this room for a reason.

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A typical morning at Sapienza, our favourite panetteria in Catania.

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Roman ruins in Catania, the Anfiteatro Romano (Roman Amphitheatre).

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We sought shelter from the sun in this beautiful garden named Giardino Bellini.

Siracusa

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You’d be hard pressed to find an alley in Italy without a scooter parked in it.

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Along the seafront.

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The Teatro Greco (Greek Amphitheatre) of Siracusa, which was cut directly into the rock!

Etna

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The breathtaking sight from halfway to Mt Etna.

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The north-east crater of Mt Etna erupted no fewer than eight times while we were climbing and three more times while we were up there.

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Ladybirds love volcanic rocks.

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The aftermath: My hiking shoes the next morning. I almost wiped that dust but decided to leave it alone. I’d earned it!

Taormina

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The Teatro Greco of Taormina. The background, oh, the background.

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An Italian man talking with his hand.

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I was very drawn to this fabulous doorknob. I mean look at it! And I inadvertently took a selfie. Ciao!

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