2015-07-19 Santa Marina, Salina Island to San Pietro, Panarea Island via Stomboli Island (Aeolian Islands) Sicily

 

We pass the most amazing rock formations around these islands
We pass the most amazing rock formations around these islands
The town and villages are quite beautiful too
The town and villages are quite beautiful too
We came here for a lovely dinner last night!!
We came here for a lovely dinner at “Il Gambero” last night!!
We leave Sabrina Island and  go on to the most active volcano in the world on Stromboli Island
We leave Sabrina Island and go on to Stromboli Island which has the most active volcano in the world
The black ash from the volcano on Stomboli covers a great portion of this side of the island
The black ash from the volcano on Stomboli covers a great portion of this side of the island
Smoke constantly pours out of the crater and fortunately while we were here there was not much more activity!!
Smoke constantly pours out of the crater and fortunately while we were here there was not much more activity!!
The vegetation on the mountainside in areas has disappeared
The vegetation on the mountainside in areas has totally disappeared
A  couple of other cruising yachts are also visiting this famous island
A couple of other cruising yachts are also visiting this famous island
The beaches on Stromboli all have coarse black sand
The beaches on Stromboli all have coarse black sand
In contrast the villages along the waters edge are surrounded by lush green vegetation
In contrast the villages along the water’s edge are surrounded by lush green vegetation
Susie busy taking plenty of photos on and off the boat
Susie busy taking plenty of photos on and off the boat
To explore the town we left our dinghy high and dry on the beach
To go and explore the town we left our dinghy high and dry on the black beach
Tangaroa has quite a bit of company in the bay today
Tangaroa has quite a bit of company in the bay today
It was a long walk in the heat from the beach up into the main town square
It was a long walk in the searing heat from the beach up into the main town square

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Lapillogelato is the best icecream shop in the Aoelian islands
Lapillogelato is the best icecream shop in the Aeolian islands
We decide to leave Stromboli and spend the night on one of the other islands
We decide to leave Stromboli and spend the night on one of the other islands
We arrive in Panerea Island and we pick up a mooring which included the services of having someone  taking us ashore and collecting us and taking back to the boat after dinner
We arrive in Panarea Island and we pick up a mooring which included the services of having someone taking us ashore and then collecting us and taking us back to the boat after dinner

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Our friendly chauffeur
Our friendly chauffeur

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We set off to explore the little village
We set off to explore the little village
A little retail therapy is always good !
A little retail therapy is always good !
We come across Raya Hotel which has an open air restaurant on the roof of the hotel
We come across Raya Boutique Hotel which has an open air rooftop restaurant in the hotel

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Although we did not get a table on the edge, the view was still amazing
Although we did not get a table on the edge, the view was still amazing
The food was good in Rava and these were some of the dishes we tried
The food was good in Raya and these were some of the dishes we tried

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The hotel was very modern and contemporary in design
The hotel was very modern and contemporary in design

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