Our first port was Messina (Sicily), Italy. We decided to skip the offered excursions and explored the city on our own. We strolled for a few hours, snapping photos along the way, then ducked into a nice Italian man’s cafe for cappuccinos. I love the sidewalk cafes of Europe–the people watching, the slow leisurely pace. There is something very serene about sipping a coffee in a faraway place.
Next stop Athens, Greece and the Parthenon!