July 2nd

We rented a boat for the day, and with Comos and friends, spent the whole day on or in the water. The coastline is spectacular, the water clear and warm, with many caves along the way. We swam in at least four caves.

9:00pm Soccer match between Italy and Germany. Everyone was out in Castellammare del Golfo, sitting outside restaurants where large temporary screens were set up so everyone could watch the game. It was a tense game, and went into overtime, and then when that did not resolve things, they started aiming the ball, one at a time, at the goal post. Italy slipped up once too many, and the game was over…. instead of singing and jubilation, honking horns, drinking and screaming, it was a rather subdued crowd that got up and left after the game.

I believe our group was exhausted from the long day, and probably did what John and I did soon after – crashed and did not waken until long into the next day.

 

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Fisrt cave
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Beautiful rock formations all along the coast
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There is afresh water spring in this area

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Tuna slaughtering house used until a few years ago
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Fire 20 days ago destroyed this house and burned down the hillside

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John underwater in cave

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Our ride for the day
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Inside a cave
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In another cave
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