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Mt Etna, Sicily

By Les_Cornwell    
Whilst on holiday in Sicily last summer we decided to visit Mt Etna, hoping to get to the summit of the still active volcano. We drove to the parking area at Rifugio Sapienza at 1909m & then took the cable car to the upper station where you’re driven by an off-road minibus up to 2697m where a guide escorts you up the final 197m. However, no sooner had we got off the bus, then I managed to trip base-over-apex over a large boulder resulting in a broken Lee polariser , skylight filter & dented thread on the lens. I also badly bruised my cheek, chest, leg & dislocated a finger. The bit that hurt the most was my chest so as I got up, moaning in pain and clutching the left side of my chest, my wife & assorted onlookers feared the worst, until I showed them the cuts. Nevertheless, I was pretty shaken up & was told to visit the Doctor at the Rifugio Sapienza but in true-Brit spirit insisted on taking this photo first. Not too bad an effort after dislocating a finger & nearly knocking myself out! Saw the Doctor, a dead ringer for Manuel out of Fawlty Towers who patched me up & suggested I visit the nearest A&E to get my finger checked out. He then proudly showed me the book he was currently reading by Patricia Cornwell – no relative but I was tempted to ask if he wanted it signed Wink I then drove myself 20 miles to the hospital (thankfully we’d hired an automatic) where I spent about 9 hours being seen too. One of the Docs had to cut my wedding ring off with an enormous pair of bolt cutters whilst simultaneously talking to his mate on his mobile. A splendid end to the day – our 28th Wedding anniversary to boot. Moral of the story – by all means look through the viewfinder now & then but also look where you’re going!

Tags: Volcano Etna Landscape and travel

Voters: georgiepoolie, Chinga, BillRookery and 6 more

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Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2017 4:33PM
Impressive... Very good...
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