June 2013


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The ruins of Pompeii, with the cause of the ruins (Mt. Vesuvius) in the background



An ancient mosaic (instruction manual) in a Pompeii brothel



The town of Minori on the Amalfi Coast



Peter & Lieschen in Amalfi, on the Amalfi Coast



Villa Rufolo in Ravello, high above the Amalfi Coast



The Villa Cimbrone gardens in Ravello, high above the Amalfi Coast



Tropea, on the Southern Tyrrhenian Coast, site of numerous conquests,

e.g., by Arabs, Normans, Swabians, Anjous & Aragonese, as well as numerous attacks by pirates



Formerly the lair of Scylla, that six-headed sea monster who loved to drown sailors,

The Southern Italian town of Scilla is now dedicated to sword fishing (and tourism)



The swordfish boats of Scilla are piloted from high towers, to spot the swordfish,

which are then harpooned from the long projecting arm at the bow



Our hotel room window in Scilla, at the top towards the right, reflects the sunset



Mt. Etna in Sicily, Europe's largest and most active volcano, blows off some steam


The charming hillside town of Taormina on the East Coast of Sicily



The "Ear of Dionysius" in Syracuse, Sicily, with its perfect acoustics through a small hole at the top;

Dionysius allegedly imprisoned his political dissidents here to eavesdrop on their conversations



We return from Southern Italy by flying over Greenland on the first day of summer



Small parts of Greenland are actually green (sort of)



But Greenland is mostly glaciers flowing slowly through mountain passes



Remember, it's the first day of summer



Another glacier flows incrementally, but relentlessly, towards the sea



Ancient volcanoes buried in the snow


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