Sunday, July 3, 2016

Day 8: Messina, Italy

I started the day with a 6 mile run/strength and this view
Since we got stuck on the bus yesterday, we decided to explore the city by foot. Unfortunately, a lot of shops were closed because it was a Sunday. We ran into a group of people that were looking for the train station to take them to Taormina, which is a shopping village overlooking the coast. We helped them find their way and asked if we could join them. We made it to the train station, but they only had afternoon trains, so we found a taxi for 25 euro each and we joined their party. 8 of us headed to Taormina. The funny thing is that all but one person was in the education field. Once we got to Taormina, we kind of split up except for us and Donna and Ronnie. We were on the hunt for wine tasting. We didn't find wine tasting there, but we did find gelato (I had tiramisu) and then we found a little restaurant overlooking the coast and we had pizza. 

The city:
The view:
Narrow alleyway:

The restaurant:
The pizza:
After lunch we headed back to the port, but we really wanted to try some local wine and there happened to be a little shop across from the port. The adorable waiter was extremely helpful and we had a glass of wine, olives, and people watched for a bit. We left with 3 bottles of wine and he even talked me into a white which I don't normally like, but this stuff was amazing.

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