I’m going to skip over the day that we spent in Ragusa and other Baroque towns mostly because that is not my area expertise. They were beautiful places, and the one story I will tell is that when we had lunch, I accidentally got a sandwich that wasn’t actually a sandwich but some sort of wrap filled with uncooked meat. Fortunately, I was spared any food poisoning.
We got to Syracuse at the end of a long day visting all those Baroque towns, but the back of the bus where the cool kids sat (the Latin class) suddenly sprung to life when we realized that we were approaching Syracuse. The water that is in the picture above is part of the bay called the Big Harbor in Thucydides where many of the naval battles took place. Around the edge of the bay was where the two sides continuously battled and tried to out-maneuver the other with quickly built walls. Now the area looked just like anywhere else. Unlike a more modern battlefield like Gettysburg, the landscape was not dotted with memorials and statues to those who fell there so long ago.
The next day we went to the archeological park where the old Greek theater and the quarries of Syracuse were. We had yet another awe-inspiring moment when Victoria sang part of an opera in one of the caves created in the quarries. The size of the quarry was surprising to me; the rock walls had to have been 100 feet high meaning that there was some real substantial rock being moved. And the theater, still basically the same besides for some erosion after so long, was an exquisite piece of architecture that made even my barbaric self ready to watch a play.