Mediterranean — 2010

Tenuta San Michele Winery

Thursday, October 7, 2010

We visited Messina, a very pretty city with a population of about 250,000, in 2000 when we cruised the Mediterranean with Anne and Jeff, so we skipped the tour to Mt.  Etna today and toured a winery instead.  On the bus ride there (about 1 hour 15 minutes) we passed the old town of Taormina, which was Winston Churchill’s favorite vacation spot, and saw in the distance the town of Savoca which is where the Godfather movies were filmed, as the town of Corleone was too developed.  The winery is located about half way up the slopes of Mt.  Etna.  The soil is rich, and many grapes, olives and citrus trees are grown here.  Even though we couldn’t see the volcano and it was raining lightly, the views from the winery were beautiful.  We had a tour, then tasted five wines.  They served several great cheeses, sausage, bread and good olive oil with the wine.  We got back to the ship around noon, as the ship was departing about 1:00.  At 4:00 we passed by Stromboli, the most active volcano in Europe.  It’s an island and Jay got some pictures where you can see the steam that is almost continuously escaping.  Our Aussie friend Lynn was playing bingo instead of trivia tonight, but our Grant Park team did pretty well.  We had dinner entertainment by the waiters in the dining room.  The show tonight (Brett Cave, the British singer/pianist and Alfreda) was one of the best.

Messina

Tenuta San Michele Winery

Tenuta San Michele Winery

Tenuta San Michele Winery

Tenuta San Michele Winery

Tenuta San Michele Winery

Messina harbor

Stromboli Volcano

Stromboli Volcano

Baked Alaska

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