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7 Days of Landscapes Photo Challenge – Day 3: Teatro Greco, Taormina, Italy

Teatro Greco - The Greek Theater - Taormina, Italy 2014
Teatro Greco – The Greek Theater – Taormina, Italy 2014

The Teatro Greco is a Greek Amphitheater built on a hill in Taormina, Sicily Italy, not far from Catania.  The portion of the ruins you see in the photo were probably built by the Romans on top of a more ancient Greek structure of the amphitheater.

In the distance is Mt. Etna, which was at the time of my visit, an actively erupting volcano.

The town of Taormina is just a short walk away, and is chock full of historic architecture, shops, restaurants, and night clubs.  Since the town is built on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea, the views are breathtaking.

I wasn’t in the area long – I had taken the bus from Catania to spend the day in Taormina.  I was alone initially, but as I got off the bus in Taormina, I started talking with a Chinese family who were just starting a vacation, and a Korean woman traveling alone, who was just finishing up her world travels before returning to Korea.

There were language barriers, but it was nice for all of us to share our first experience of a new town.  There is just something magical about sharing a new place with someone, even if it is a stranger.  In that moment you have forged a connection with another soul, and you are no longer alone in your experience.


Catania, Italy to Valetta, Malta

Mt Etna in the distance, and Catania Italy below
Mt Etna in the distance, and Catania Italy below

What a vew! I’ve always loved the view from airplane windows, but this one really did take my breath away.  We just took off from Catania, Sicily, for a 30-minute flight to Malta.

This next photo captures something you don’t see often – almost an entire country outside your plane window:

Gozo, Comino, Malta
Gozo, Comino, Malta

Next we were decending to land – and see that all of the buildings are made from yellow limestone.  All of them.

IMG_5236IMG_5238Limestone constructionI can’t wait to see them up close!