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The Aeolian Islands of Panarea πŸ—»πŸ and Stromboli πŸŒ‹πŸŒž

We heard about the 7 islands off of Sicily and thought it would be a cool day trip from Taormina, so we decided on Panarea and Stromboli as our destinations.
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We boarded the bus and got a glimpse of the Straight of Messina, the water that connects Sicily with mainland Italy. πŸ‡­πŸ‡Ί

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We sailed πŸ›₯ over to Panarea and set off on our tour. The setting reminded me of Greece, with the white houses juxtaposed against the dark blue waters.

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Once again, the kids and the husband were impatient for the destination, missing the point of the journey.

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To wander and discover what life is like for Italians living on a basically deserted island. 🏝This is the epitome of basic easy peaceful and slow living.

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After our traditional lunches of pizza and pasta bianco senza salsaπŸ• 🍝for the unadventurous bambini, caprese salad πŸ…for the picky mother and bruschetta (the largest we’ve ever seen) for the boring father we boarded the ship and headed for our next island!πŸ›₯

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The shtick for Stromboli is the active volcano!

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We headed there eagerly hoping to catch a glimpse of oozing lava and volcanic explosions. What we found are more winding alleys and laid back living with a volcano as a backdrop. πŸπŸŒ‹ Makes for cool pics at least!

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While we did not see any glowing lava πŸŒ‹βœ–οΈ we did see the beautiful juxtaposition of life and death on the active side of the volcano…and we were gifted were rainbow skies and a surreal sunset! πŸŒˆπŸŒ„

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The day was interesting and def a cool excursion but we agreed that we could check the Aeolian Islands off our life’s bucket list πŸ“βœ”οΈ

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