CHARTER - SICILY
Favignana, La Tonnara
settles down, our yacht is shaken by the
waves of the small ferries, fast hydrofoil
boats, that are still plying the waves back
and forth. At midnight, calm finally settles.
The next day we experience bustling Lipari
and get to grips with its vibrancy. A lively
coming and going prevails in the colourful
harbour town, with many tourists and a
happy holiday mood. There is less commotion
in the Museo Archeologico Eoliano,
located on the castle hill. Definitely worth
seeing! The abundance of finds, including
many prehistoric ceramics, almost overwhelms
you. And one can but wonder how
lively things here must already have been
in the Neolithic period. Trade flourished,
and bronze weapons and volcanic obsidian
glass (with its sharp edges) were popular
THE CATHEDRAL IN THE DESERT
After some sightseeing around the islands,
we head for Capo Orlando, where a brandnew
marina has been opened. As we make
to enter the harbour, an excited employee
orders us to wait at the "checkpoint" of the
largely empty facility. Then, further inside,
another mariniero appears in a rubber
dinghy, having obviously been awaiting our
approach. What shall we do now? Obey
the command or listen to common sense?
Since the entry procedure seems to be in
need of some coordination, we decide on
the rubber dinghy. We have plenty of room
for the mooring manoeuvre, plenty of free
space, an unfamiliar sight in the Mediterranean.
The mooring lines are red and
green. Who came up with that idea?
The port office smells of fresh paint,
all very modern and bright. The service
column at the berth will be unlocked after
paying the mooring fee in remote mode.
The lady at the counter, Lara, is from Berlin.
Love has brought her to Capo Orlando.
She offers us the free bicycles of the marina
to visit the more distant town.
In the marina itself, not much is happening
now in July, but in various shops and
snack bars people are working feverishly
so that during the peak season in August,
the roubles can roll. Our aperitif visit in
the XXXX with local tapas and wines is
quite promising. "Cattedraleneldeserto"
Italians call the somewhat exaggeratedly
elaborate cathedral, which stands useless
somewhere in no man's land. The many
empty slots of the Euro-Marina will fill up
gradually, because the location is ideal and
the service perfect.