A Quest in Search of Indiana Jones

With its beautiful natural scenery, breath taking landscapes and architectural marvels Sicily has set the scene for many Hollywood movies including The Godfather, Oceans Twelve, Star Wars Revenge of the Sith, Aquaman and most recently the musical Cyrano plus the Oscar winning Italian movie Cinema Paradiso. Last year I was super excited to hear that Indiana Jones 5 was due to be shot on the island. I have absolutely adored the Indiana Jones movies since I was at school so much so that at one point I wanted to be an archaeologist just like "Indy". The fact that I am scared of snakes, scorpions and creepy crawlies veered me to not pursue my dream. When other girls were gushing over 80's pop bands such as Duran Duran and Wham with posters covering their bedrooms walls, mine was adorned with Harrison Ford. Sadly the closest I have ever got to Indy was at Disneyland in California on the Indiana Jones Ride.  The movies certainly did infuse me with a love for archaeology and myth

Operation Ash Clearance

Buy a house in Sicily we thought, it will be fun we thought ... This year Mount Etna has erupted over fifty times. Satellite images have revealed that she has erupted so much in 2021 that she had grown about 100 feet (30 meters) in height in just six months. Mount Etna is the highest volcano in Europe. She covers an area of approximately 1250 square km and her usual height reaches approximately 3350 metres. For repeated eruptions over many years Etna can be considered as one of the most active volcanoes in the world. From her height Mount Etna dominates Sicily, its three surrounding seas and the tip of the Italian mainland. When we first viewed our Sicilian house in November 2007 our Sicilian big brother Gianfranco told us that the view of Etna from the roof terrace was so spectacular that if she erupted we would be able to make toast and indeed we do have a jaw dropping view of our beloved volcano. Having Etna is like having a living painting and we could spend all day watching her. N