Delphi Greece

Roman Agora 02

While in Athens Greece, we decided to take a day trip to visit the site of the Oracles that were instrumental in helping the ancient Greeks (in fact, those from all Hellenistic kingdoms) in making decisions on everything from whether to marry or buy a home or, for rulers, decisions on whether to make war [Read more …]

Athens Restaurants and Hotel

Athens Restaurants and Greek Food As Athens was our first stop in Greece, we were looking forward to eating some nice Greek food. We had fond memories of the Greek food when we lived in Chicago: gyros, saganaki, grape leaves, spikoza, etc. Little did we realize the the food we though was Greek was not [Read more …]

Mdina and Rabat Malta

Mdina gate

Beyond Valletta Malta While in Malta, we spent most of our time in Valletta. However, we did venture out of the city for day excursions to a few of Malta’s even more historic cities. Mdina Mdina, an ancient walled city in central Malta, served as the country’s capital essentially from its ancient Phoenician founding in [Read more …]

Valletta Restarants and Hotel

meat restaurant -3

Malta Valletta Restaurants While we were staying in Valletta Malta, our hotel made some very good recommendations for eating. And we also discovered a few on our own. Sciassa Grill is an excellent spot for meat. You are welcomed to the restaurant with a personalized discussion of the blackboard that lists daily appetizer options. Then [Read more …]

Mt Etna Italy


Although Taormina is a pretty little town in Italy, we went there primary for its proximity to Mt. Etna. The 11,000 foot volcano not only dominates the northeastern part of Sicily, it also created it. As of the mid-17th century Catania was a large city and the 30-mile coastline between Catania and Taormina was a [Read more …]

Taormina Sicily Italy


Taormina is a resort town perched on a mountainside that is about 660 feet above the rocky beach that draws many of its tourists. The town itself consists primarily of one, long, narrow pedestrian street that is lined with tourist shops, restaurants and gelaterias. It has three premier sites: Teatro Greco, remnants of a 2,300 [Read more …]

Catania Sicily Italy


Catania is largely an industrial and shipping city. Like most of the other southeast Sicilian towns, it has suffered more than its share of devastation; certainly from the huge (7.4) 1693 earthquake that destroyed many cities in the area, but especially from numerous Mount Etna eruptions. Also like its neighbors, it has come back, most [Read more …]

Syracusa Italy

Archeological Park - Greek Theater 01`

Syracuse, Syracusa, Siracusa are just a few of the spellings we have seen of this ancient, 2,800 year-old city that was one of the largest (home to 300,000 people) and most prosperous Greek cities five centuries before the birth of Christ. Home to famous dictators (such as Dionysius), philosophers (including Plato until Dionysius exiled him [Read more …]

Noto Sicily


Noto is another Sicilian town in Italy that was destroyed by the huge (7.4) 1693 earthquake, which was the most powerful in Italian history and destroyed many cities. It is the showcase for Baroque of Val d Noto architecture. For a relatively small city, it has been graced with a number of beautiful buildings, as [Read more …]

Ragusa Italy


Ragusa is an ancient town in Sicily Italy that was leveled by a massive 1693 earthquake (the same earthquake that destroyed hundreds of square miles of Southeastern Sicily). It was one of cities rebuilt in so-called Baroque of Val di Noto style. We made a fast stop in the center of the historic section of [Read more …]