“Don’t forget to take photos of boats!” H tells me over the phone.
So, far from the weddings, food, people, flowers, etc etc that I have been posting lately, dear readers, our subject for today is boats. Boats of all sizes and forms, dedicated to my loyal follower -blogwise and heartwise – my husband, which I identify in this blog simply as as the letter “H”.
I must admit, we have been to many parts of Sicily in search for the ideal place to call home but it was not easy for us to meet halfway, what with two different personalities with different preferences. H, the sea and all the things around it, and I, a bigger town with its museums, old architecture and vibrant life. And with Siracusa, we found both and so, we declared the search over!
So, let’s get down to the business of boats, in Ortygia:
What are these? Well, if you look underneath, they are the fishing nets “hidden” on the quay by the fishermen.
Fishing net getting straightened by its owners
Cantier-Naval or Boat Yard where boats are built, repaired and maintained
The colourful fishing boats of Siracusa.
They sport the colour of their venerated Saints , such as this green for Santa Lucia
…White for Santa Sofia.
Notice the drawing of a wide eye on the bow. The other side would have one, too. They symbolize Prudence….
Prudence in the sea is never too much
… Blue for the Immaculate Mary.
At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much…..- Robin Lee Graham
After a hard day of fishing, these fishermen try to relax and enjoy each other’s company…..(but they look so serious, though)
While these two brothers prepare their fishing net for this afternoon’s trip, I approached them and did an on-the-spot interview. Here’s an excerpt of the Q&A:
Mariadams: (Watching the elder brother straightens and untangle the net) Whoah! That’s a very long net! How many meters is it?
Fisherman: duecento metri.. (two hundred meters..).
Mariadams: Blow me down!!!
The harbour in Ortygia
Even the boats’ names are those of the Saints!
This South African ship, Endurance, carrying construction heavy equipment onboard has been moored here for several days now.
The Italian flag flying on the Endurance.
It’s a Boat Flag Etiquette to hoist the host country’s flag alongside that of the boat’s country of registration.
Cruise ships like this one bring in hundreds of tourists each time. Great for the Siracusan economy!
This red topped boat belongs to the cruise ship. It is ferrying the passengers from the ship into Ortygia harbour where they will spend few hours of sightseeing, shopping and whatever they want to do.
A wooden yacht
The cruise ship “Seabourn Sojourn”