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    Catania to Reggio Calabria via Messina.
    This inspred me to do a little research on the Kingdom of Sicily. Here's a link to the Wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Sicily.
    If you're at all interested in European history it's well worth the read.
    I now have a much better understanding of the Italian schism between north and south.
    On with the pictures. -- Bob

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    Great shots as usual Bob!! I'm always a little nervous around Sicily! Too many Godfather movies!!

    Michael
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    That strait of Messina was to be fitted with a large bridge, which never occurred due to corruption, etc.

    And in terms of history, yes, southern Italy kept a tradition of being linked to Greece after the Roman empire fall (before the Empire that was land of Greek colonies), as it was also subject to Arabic raids, then Northmen (who founded a kingdom there by 1000 A.D.), then German imperial Hohenstaufen and eventually since about 1300, Spaniard dynasties
    A whole lot of history, and stories

    On the other hand, BTW, cool pics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by flightsimg View Post
    That strait of Messina was to be fitted with a large bridge, which never occurred due to corruption, etc.
    Don't get me started on that topic. If Italians stuck to food and art and let the British run the government it would be an idyllic place.
    Thanks for your compliment and contribution Gérard. A bientot. -- Bob

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    Great flight and shots Bob, enjoyed looking at them.

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    I second John, awesome!

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    Nice looking flight!

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    A nice flight in your Eaglet and beautiful captures of Sicily Bob.

    I saw a program about Sicily on the Food Chanel last year and it mentioned the Mob shakes down businesses including restaurants for cash, or you get bashed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NMLW View Post
    A nice flight in your Eaglet and beautiful captures of Sicily Bob.

    I saw a program about Sicily on the Food Chanel last year and it mentioned the Mob shakes down businesses including restaurants for cash, or you get bashed.
    That's not the Mob, it's government tax collectors. Italy should be bankrupt if you look at the official numbers. Something like 25% of the economy is underground. When you've been governed by every group in Europe you learn to adapt. The leaders at the top change, the middle managers and local bureaucrats go on forever. A big reason why we left Italy. -- Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by azzaro View Post
    Don't get me started on that topic. If Italians stuck to food and art and let the British run the government it would be an idyllic place.
    Thanks for your compliment and contribution Gérard. A bientot. -- Bob
    Hey Bob,

    IMO, sometimes a bridge isn't the best idea. For example, I'm not at all thrilled they built that bridge to the Isle Of Skye!

    Michael

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