A day off in Taormina.
|Cruise ships visit the harbor in Taormina, an upscale resort town on the east coast of Sicily where our group had a much-appreciated day of relaxation. The town was taken by the British in 1943 on their march to Messina and hosted Field Marshall Albert Kesselring's headquarters during the Sicily Campaign.|
|A now quiet Mount Etna dominates the scenery south of the town.|
|The town of Castlemola towers above Taormina.|
|Looking southward along the east coast of Sicily - the route of the British march to Messina.|
|Field Marshall Albert Kesselring's headquarters in Taormina, now the San Domenico Palace hotel.|
|Patton's HQ in Palermo was clearly more luxurious, but German soldiers are used to getting along with the barest of creature comforts. I'm sure that "Smiling Albert" was not unhappy with the location or the view. Later that evening, Tony made another excellent choice for an ala-carte restaurant and I had the best pizza I ever tasted.|
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