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Journey to the Mediterranean Sea

Today we are traveling down the coast of Italy through the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Strait of Messina. We will be at sea all day and will dock in the morning in the small port town of Katakolo, Greece, just an hour’s drive from Olympia. 

In the morning while sailing in the Tyrrhenian Sea, we pass an island with an active volcano: Mount Stromboli, one of 3 active volcanoes in Italy. The island Stromboli is north of Sicily and is considered a subdivision of Messina, Sicily.

Picture: Mt. Stromboli smoking in the distance

The volcano has been active for the past 2,000 years, having recently erupted this summer. There are three small towns on the island but only a total population of around 500 people for the whole island. 

Picture: Stomboli Island with its volcano & small towns

According to some scholars, Mt. Stromboli was the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's evil Mount Doom of Mordor in his The Lord of the Rings books. Across from Stromboli we pass smaller islands and sail boats.

 

Pictures: Other islands near Stromboli and sail boats

Later in the afternoon we see the end of the boot of Italy. We sail through the Strait of Messina with mainland Italy on our port side and the island of Sicily on our starboard side. Next week as we follow St. Paul’s journey from Damascus to Rome (A.D. 57 - 62), we will be able to port and explore Sicily and Italy. 

 

Pictures. The coasts of Sicily (above left) & Italy (above right) on either side of us as we sailed through the Strait of Messina

After a beautiful day on the water, the sun sets as we enter The Mediterranean Sea. What a blessing to be able to see and sail the same waters as St. Paul did on his journeys to spread the Gospel and help non-believers encounter the Person of Jesus Christ. 

Tomorrow we will be in Greece. We are praying for you! May God bless you always and in all ways. 

 

 

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