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Fun Photo Friday — 54 Days at Sea, Stromboli and Katakolon Favorites

Study in Angles and Rule of Thirds

Here are today’s Fun Photo Friday favorites from Stromboli Volcano and colorful Katakolon, Greece (see the note at the end for what awaits you next week):

Katakolon Tug

Stromboli Smoke

Katakolon Fishing Boat

Katakolon Café

Note: Next week I’ll be interrupting 54 Days at Sea for a three-part history of aviation here in El Paso, Texas.


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54 Days at Sea — Exploring Katakolon

Katakolon, Greece

Katakolon is known as the port for Ancient Olympia, which we did not visit this trip, so I’ll save that for an upcoming cruise article.

Katakolon, Greece

Even the fishing boats in this small port are picturesque:

Katakolon Fishing Boat

As I mentioned Monday, this port offers a lot of color. As such, black-and-white conversions really make no sense here.

Katakolon Doors

Katakolon shutters

And if you keep a look out, you may even spot a well-maintained classic car. The Citroën 2CV is one of those universal cars, much like the Ford Model T, original Fiat 500, or original Volkswagen Beetle (not to be confused with an English Beatle), but this car never made it big in the U.S. The 2CV is short for deux chevaux, which is French for ‘Two Tax Horsepower‘, a European system that taxed vehicles based upon cylinder displacement. The displacement of the original Citroën 2CV was a mere 23 cubic inches/375 cc generating 9 hp/6.7 kWh. Production on the 2CV ran an astonishing 42 years, from 1948 until 1990. Had World War II not interrupted development, the 2CV would have launched in 1939.

Citroën 2CV

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54 Days at Sea — April 13/14, Stromboli Volcano and Katakalon, Greece

Stromboli volcano

MS Prinsendam left Civitavecchia (Rome) on April 12 for a two-day journey to our next destination. But before reaching Katakolon, Greece, we would pass by a volcano that has been erupting constantly for the past 2,000 years, and for much of the past 20,000 years. This is the (surprisingly) inhabited island of Stromboli, made famous in the 1864 Jules Verne novel Journey to the Center of the Earth and the 1950 Ingrid Bergman film Stromboli.

Stromboli volcanic crater

About a mile/1.6 kilometers northeast of Stromboli is a very small island upon which is situated a lighthouse and some very distinctive rock formations reminiscent of animals. This is Strombolicchio, which MS Prinsendam sailed past after our closeup view of Stromboli.


MS Prinsendam then continued south through the Strait of Messina separating Sicily from the toe of the Italian boot. We then turned east into the Ionian Sea for Katakalon (Katakalo), Greece, where we docked the following day. Photographically, Katakalon is one of my favorite subjects. There’s a lot of brightly colored images packed into a very small area.

Tug in Katakolon, Greece

MS Prinsendam moored in Katakolon, Greece

And here is the town we will explore on Wednesday:

Katakolon Panaroma


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