Mt. Etna and Me How I saw the area in 2016

In the early spring of 2016 it was my pleasure to spend about ten days in Sicily....first in Palermo, then in a downward loop of the country with Mt. Etna as a highlight of one day's journey.....

From sea level the road gently climbs

Yes, it's springtime and who would have thought it could be so cold and so windy so far south in Europe!

Marc Kavanagh, head honcho of Journeys Connect, works on his selfie skills.

I'm not really a first cousin of the Hunchback of Norte Dame! Wind is fierce and frigid....

Inside the hot chocolate is warm, the pizza looks delicious in its case with delightful pastries. A bracelet of small lava beads struck my fancy, and tomorrow I will wear it as I remember the fury of its source.

Within the wall of the roadside leading into the settlement is a religious, icon-filled niche. I wonder how it is faring tonight....

From this view nor can see the building which was in the path of the big lava flow forty or so years ago. Forgive me if I have the date wrong.

The flow raced down the mountain piling up against the wall of the building. From the ladies room one could see the blackened, hardened lava just outside the awesome reckoning of how dangerous the eruption had been.

And we reflect as we head back down the mountain.

Spring will surge forth as the last of the winter snow melts.

And on that peaceful day we meandered back down the mountain road in a series of S-curves until we neared the sea once again. The sea, Nature's only force to stop a flow of lava from Mt. Etna.....

May all the folks of Sicily be safe tonight.

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