Mazzara del Vallo to Selinunte & Marsala

May 22, 2019 - Sea Cloud

Seeing both Selinunte and Marsala meant a long but eventful day off the ship. Leaving early in the morning, we first visited a vast, wonderfully green site covered with colorful spring wildflowers and gigantic columned temple ruins at the Archaeological Park of Selinunte. After a typical Italian lunch of two types of pasta, we drove to Marsala, the landing site of Giuseppe Garibaldi before his quest for Italian Unification in 1860. In the Archaeological Museum, we saw the Punic warship and the Roman cargo ship recovered from the water near Marsala. The town is also famous for its Marsala wine that we tried during the short tour of Cantine Florio, the local winery founded in 1833 that produced the entire range of Marsala fortified wines. In the meantime, Sea Cloud sailed to Trapani to meet us there shortly before dinner. Afterward, some of us took a short evening walk through the narrow streets of the port, which has been an important one since Norman times.

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Patrycja O'Brien

Assistant Expedition Leader

Patrycja O’Brien was born and raised in Poland, when the borders during the communist time where still closed and travelling was only a dream that could never come true. So following her interests in biology and biochemistry she earned a Master’s degree in biotechnology and also studied languages, fitness and dance. As soon as the times had changed, she completely changed her life, leaving an established carrier in logistics management of a big international company to pursue her travel inspirations, which found her working for a few different travel companies. She lived in Egypt, Cuba and finally southern Spain. It was there that she joined Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic as assistant expedition leader on Mediterranean and Caribbean sailing voyages in 2008. She likes scuba diving and her biggest interests are whales and dolphins so in her free time between contracts she used to work as a whale-watching guide in Baja California in Mexico.

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Massimo Bassano

National Geographic Photographer

Massimo Bassano has worked as a freelance photojournalist since 1990. His work appears in National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic online edition, as well as many publications throughout Europe. Massimo's photographic subjects know no bounds—his recent assignments have covered social issues, international travel, fitness and health, fashion, and portraiture. In 2004, he was awarded a Ph.D. in journalism from the Italian Association of Journalism.

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