Thursday, April 22, 2010
How ironic that while we were exploring the crest of Mount Etna, the largest volcano in Europe, another volcano in Iceland was about to cause headline havoc!
This first shot is a picture of Mount Etna from our hotel balcony - Villa Angela on the hillside of Taormina - the morning we began our "climb".
The Etna cableway and a bouncy all-terrain vehicle called a Unimog made it possible to get to the top of the volcano. Once there, a guide lead us along the edge for panoramic views extending to the Adriatic Sea, smoking craters, and ancient and recent lava flows characterized by rocky black soil still covered with snow and ice. None of us were prepared for the bitter cold and the wind chill. The effects of the high altitude, 2005 mt. also surprised us ...it felt like someone was sitting on my chest!
Mount Etna dominates the island of Sicily and for its repeated eruptions over the last few years, it was considered to be the most active volcano in the world.......
until last week!