Posted by: travelrat | February 24, 2016

Straits of Messina

Straits of Messina: 7th April 2015.

We had a couple more ‘At Sea’ days in prospect, but we were sailing down the western coast of Italy, and passing through the Straits of Messina, and passing close to the Aeolian Islands.

We’ve been that way before, in 2006, and, on that occasion, the volcano on the island of Stromboli gave a great display. And, even though it was five o’clock in the morning, quite a few people turned out to see it. The crew were even considerate enough to turn the ship’s lights off, so that those who had braved the pre-dawn darkness could see the display better.

But, on that occasion, both my cameras were down in the cabin, being charged.

This time, I’d be ready … camera and camcorder both charged and to hand, and I found a prime position on deck. Alas, Stromboli, sometimes claimed as the most active volcano in Europe, just didn’t oblige. Even though we passed so close to the island that it seemed I could hit it with a cricket ball.

I learned later that was the quietest that Stromboli had been for a long time … maybe, if I’m ever round that way again, it’ll be third time lucky?

So, once more. I’m rather picture-poor in that department. I took the attached one just before I decided to give it best. It’s not very good … but I had to do something!



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