Southern Italy, Sicily and Malta

The trip is made in late September and completed in early October this year.

I have never visited Italy. So, it was my first trip there.

From where we are based, we flew to Rome via Doha.

We drove through Napoli, then Sorrento before reaching our first destination Pompei.

From there, we headed south visiting the areas below, crossing the Messina Strait to Sicily and from there also to Malta by way of ferries. Our final destination was Malta from where we flew to Doha and home.

There were several detours along the way, so that we were able to visit more places.

We did not visit the Amalfi coast. This is our biggest regret. We were told it is a bit difficult to drive along the scenic coast as it is hilly and narrow.

Below are photos showing some of the visitas in the order of our visits.

Pompei Ruins

Sorrento

Capri

Paestrum

Matera

Sassi & Rupestrian

Alberobello Village

Crossing the Messina Strait

Taormina

Palermo

Agrigento

Siracusa Church of Weeping Madonna

Malta

Gozo Island

Victoria

Flowers of trekking: Sighting of rare Brahma Kamal — Vagabond Images

Had heard a lot about the Brahma Kamal flower earlier. But got to see it blooming for the first time when I went to Valley of flowers and Hemkund trek almost fifteen years back. (But here I will like to remind you that it is not Valley of Flowers, where you will find it normally,…

Flowers of trekking: Sighting of rare Brahma Kamal — Vagabond Images

万博記念公園の花蓮開花2019

As a guy who loves lotus, I can’t keep myself not reblogging this post . . . . . .

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蓮が咲き始めた万博公園のはす池へ出かけました。26品種1200株があるそうですが自分の目では咲いているのは3品種?で開花は2割程度でしょうか?

植え込みの間から覗く太陽の塔は可愛く見えました(^^♪

この黒いトンボがいっぱいいました。飛ぶと言うよりゆっくり舞っていて蝶のようでした?

葉が虫食い状態!その奥に水滴。

当日は早朝の6時から開園されて日本酒を味わう象鼻杯のサービスがあったそうで入場者が多かったです。

象鼻杯とは穴を開けた蓮の葉に酒を注ぎ長い茎を通していただく古代中国の暑気払いの一つとか。

花が終わって見られる蜂の巣のようなものは「果托(かたく)」と言うそうです。

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すっかり深緑のマキノ・メタセコイア並木2019

Wakasa15thfd has always got the style and the type of subject I like. Great post . . . . . . . . . . .

wakasa15thfd

2ヶ月ぶりにメタセコイア並木を訪れたら、すっかり濃い緑に変わっていました(@_@)

田は稲が成長して映り込みが見られ無いので小さな水路で我慢(^^)/

六地蔵も心なしか暗い表情?そんな事ないですよね(^_-)-☆

道路に強い日差しの斜光が入って縞模様が綺麗でした(^_-)-☆

ツバメは殆どが巣立ちして空っぽの巣ばかり。一つの巣に雛が6羽残っていました。もう巣立ち間近のようで親鳥が近くまで来るだけで餌を与えませんでした。雛達は大きく口を開けるも草臥れ損(^^)/1羽は隠れて見えません。

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