Sicily 2001

In June 2001, Frances and I enjoyed three weeks in Sicily (Sicilia). The first week was spent in Santa Flavia (a small town outside of Palermo) for the Asteroids 2001 conference. After that we traveled by train, bus, and hydrofoil around the island: from Agrigento in the southwest to Taormina, Mt Etna, and the Aeolian Islands in the northeast. Here's the pictorial record of our journey. These pictures were taken with our new Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom digital camera. If you haven't used a digital camera before, we can really recommend it! Click on the thumbnails for the full 1600x1200 JPEG images. Enjoy! WARNING: this page may be slow to load...

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View from our Hotel in Santa Flavia

We stayed at the Hotel Zagerella Sea Palace. The mountain in the distance is Solunto.

Flora and Fauna around Sicilia

There were flowers, lizards, and lemons everywhere.

View from Solunto

The panorama was constructed using Olympus CAMEDIA Master. I touched it up with Adobe Photoshop 6.0.

Solunto, Archeological Site

Sunrise from the Hotel

Around Palermo

Duomo... Alley...

Around Cefalù

Segesta, Archeological Site

This excursion was sponsored by the conference. Segesta is in the northwest of Sicily.

Around Termini


On the train to Agrigento

Around Agrigento

Stairs to our hotel... Duomo... Chiesa...

Valley of the Temples

City of the Dead... Concordia...
Hera... Jupiter...
Random arch... Castor & Pollux...

Roman villa near Piazza Armerina (LOTS of mosaics!)

The villa is thought to have been a Roman dignitary's hunting lodge.

On the Bus to Taormina

Mt Etna always dominated the landscape around here.

Around Taormina

Mt Etna...
Mt Etna erupted the day before we arrived in Taormina and the day after we left!

Trip to Mt Etna

Unfortunately we were clouded out at the top.

The Aeolian Islands

Definitely the most relaxing part of the trip.
Mt Etna erupts!

On the Train to Palermo

View from the Last Hotel of our Trip

Expensive, but worth it!

Frances Goes Snorkling!



We caught a 7 am flight back home...

Last modified: Jul 5, 2001 DCR