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Paul W. Smith: Sightseeing in the Mediterranean

Paul W. Smith

“Outta’ my mind on a Monday moanin’”

At the moment I am looking out my stateroom window at Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Its location and size made it a target for the Greeks, Normans, Byzantines and Arabs, who thankfully left behind good amounts of their varied cultures, which you will happily experience to this day if you visit.

Our WJR Travel Club group sailed into the port town of Messina, well known to students of Greek mythology. Some of us ventured to the seaside chic town of Taormina to shop and eat while surrounded by medieval history. Taormina is one of our friend Stewart Chiron's (The "Cruise Guy" from Good Morning America, my radio show and a lot of other places) favorite, must-see places if you are ever in this part of the world. One bonus, on the drive to Taormina, was to see Mount Etna, Italy's largest active volcano.

Mount Etna is Italy's largest active volcano.

We started our adventure four days ago, boarding The Celebrity Reflection in Barcelona, (pronounced Bar-tha-lone-a, I’m told out of deference to a past king with a lisp.)

By the way, having visited Barcelona before, and now after their Olympics, I would say they benefited in many ways from hosting the games. Or so it seems.

Our first port of call was Palma De Mallorca, Spain. Here, the icon of the city, the towering Gothic cathedral claims some of the world’s largest stained glass windows. Peggy and Dennis Crull, the founders of our host company, Cruise and Tour, continue to do an outstanding job for our WJR Travel Club.Com travelers we have all come to expect and enjoy.

Still to come: Mykonos, Athens, Santorini and Rhodes, Greece.

Followed by Valletta, Malta and back to a night in Barcelona.

Paul W. Smith is the host of "The Paul W. Smith Show" on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday.