Valletta, Comino, and Syracuse

Bodrum, Turkey to Bridgetown, Barbados

4,679 nautical miles to Barbados

August 11, 2013

Syracuse, Sicily

From Valletta we motored NW to the little island of Comino. The Blue Lagoon was packed with day tripper boats which were entertaining for an hour, then we moved to Santa Marija Bay where we could get ashore to run the rocky Comino circuit to the ancient tower at the south-west corner.

Syracuse Town Quay

Syracuse Town Quay

After a night passage where the forecast westerly failed to materialize, but were replaced by a welcome southerly, we Med-moored to the town quay in Syracuse. The old town of Ortigia includes the very beautiful Duomo Church. There was a wedding taking place – the father of the bride dismissed the driver with a perfectly arrogant mafioso gesture – we are in Sicily!

I am surprised at how much I am enjoying the feeling of Syracuse – the start of a month in Italy, with the time split between Sicily and Sardinia. Maybe the bar behind the boat with free wifi has something to do with it, but I think it is more to do with being somewhere new for the next month. Mary, I did not learn a single word of Greek or Maltese but I think Italian will be different. I want to learn to talk with my hands.


10 km run from the amphitheatre around Ortigia – acqua – Birra Moretti – G & T – antipasto – vino – perfect spaghetti Carbonera – vino – gelatto ice cream – live 60s rock music on the quay – 8 year olds dancing- Birra Moretti – girls in high heels promenading at midnight – 70s rock music – babies in strollers at 0100 – perfect temperature – perfect everything – Sirens of Odysseus – if we do not leave tomorrow we may never leave …