Daily Archives: September 24, 2009

Leaving Syracuse and Crossing the Strait of Messina

In Syracuse we visited the Archaeological Park. Here is a photo of the Greek theater which dates back to the 3rd century B.C. We know that it is something that was in existence at the time Paul stopped in the city. It doesn’t seem likely that a prisoner would be allowed to go sightseeing in the city.

The 3rd Century Greek theater at Syracuse. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The 3rd Century Greek theater at Syracuse. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

This morning before leaving I tried to catch a few minutes of sunshine to get some photos at the Grand Harbor. This is a natural harbor that was likely in use at the time of Paul.

The Grand Harbor at Syracuse. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The Grand Harbor at Syracuse. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Here is another shot that I thought conveyed the idea of this being the harbor of the city.

A large anchor at the Grand Harbor of Syracuse. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

A large anchor at the Grand Harbor of Syracuse. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Incidentally, the sun did not shine until we were in the taxi headed from the hotel to the train station. Life is fun.

Crossing the Strait of Messina. Today we left Syracuse by train intending to go as far as Villa San Giovani in Italy. Then we would take a train to Reggio di Calabria (Rhegium of the New Testament). Instead, we left the train at Messina and took the hydrafoil direct to Reggio. This was a real thrill to me to be able to actually cross this body of water at this point. It is sort of like being on the Sea of Galilee. You know it happened somewhere nearby. “It” being either something Jesus did, or something Paul did.

We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days.  From there we cast off and arrived at Rhegium, and after one day a south wind sprang up and on the second day we came to Puteoli. (Acts 28:12-13 NET).

Tonight we are in Reggio. Early tomorrow morning we take the train to Rome. Puteoli is near Naples. I wish we had time to stop there and photograph the Colosseum, but time does not allow that on this trip. I was at Puteoli some years back, but would like to get better photographs.

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In Syracuse, Sicily

We took the ferry from Malta to Sicily yesterday morning. It was a nice 90 minute ride on the Mediterranean. The ferry was very nice, having been put into service in 2006. At Pozzalo, Sicily, we located a taxi driver who offered to take us to Syracuse along with 3 other passengers who wanted to travel north. One was a retired school teacher from Ohio who was traveling without any reservations. We enjoyed visiting with him.

In Syracuse we checked into our hotel and then went to the archaeological park to see Greek and Roman remains. It rained on us some, but I got a few good photos. Hopefully we will be able to make a few more this morning before leaving by train for Italy. We are here studying the places Paul visited on his voyage to Rome. He stayed in Syracuse three days (Acts 28.12). It is dark around this keyboard and I can not locate the colon on the keyboard.

The hotel is either new or newly refurbished. The rooms are great, but the Internet connection for wireless is not yet ready. I am using the computer in the hotel lobby, but do not have the ability to upload any photos.

Just wanted those who are following our journey to know that we are doing well.

More later.