Kapoors Year 9A: Paris/Sicily/Myanmar/Nepal travel blog

SICILY! I've Always Wanted To Visit The 'Soccer Ball At The End...

On Our First Evening Walk, We Discovered This Stunning Fountain Commemorating The...

The Cathedral Dominates The Eastern Side Of The Main Square, The Piazza...

They Say It's Good Luck To Come Upon A Wedding Celebration, These...

Back In The Main Square The Next Day We Noticed All The...

This Particular One Made Me Laugh Because One Figure Appears Up-Side-Down With...

The Fontana Dell'Elefante (1736) Is Best Photographed During The Daytime, Preferably Against...

Much Of The City Is Constructed Of Limestone And Black-Lava Stone From...

Later That Same Day We Visited A Botanical Garden, With Great Views...

We Stayed In An Apartment At The Back Of Where That Red...

Just Out Of The Previous Photo Is The Old Castle That Sits...

We Entered Through This Arched Gateway, And Then Up Stairs To The...

The Local Men Operate A Car Repair Business Under This Arch In...

From Our Balcony We Could Look Across To The Apartments Backing On...

The Best Thing About Our AirBnB Apartment Was The Family Who Lived...

We Loved Exploring The Streets In Our Neighbourhood, Here's An Attempt At...

It's Strange To See A Payphone Any More, Especially In This Day...

A Smart Person Would Take This Advice - Call Your Mother!

This Old-World Shop And Its Display Case Was One Of My Favourites

After Exploring The City, We Set Off To Visit A Museum Dedicated...

The Colours Show The Landing Areas Of The Various Countries And Their...

Each Soldier Was Given A Booklet About The Island, With Maps So...

We Weren't Supposed To Take Photographs Inside, But I Couldn't Resist Just...

The Chiesa Di Nicolò All'Arena Is Probably The Ugliest Church In Sicily

It Was Started In 1687 But Was Damaged By The Earthquake In...

The Impressive Monastery Next Door Is Europe's 2nd Largest And Hosts Sicily's...

The Grand Cloisters Cannot Be Visited, But One Gets A Peek At...

As We Wandered Through The Monastery, We Came Upon This Quiet Spot...

At The Rear Of The Monastery Is A Garden Constructed By Monks...

You Can See How Much Lower The Monastery Sits Compared To The...

Along The Side Of The Ground Level Of The Monastery We Could...

I Poked My Head In And Found The Old Storage Rooms Have...

These Students Have Better Classrooms With Rooms High Above The 'Caves'

As We Left The Monastery/University, I Noticed This Slogan - Don't Know...

Don't Know What This One Means Either, But At Least It Has...

One Of Our Final Excursions Before We Left Catania, Took To Some...

There's Not Much Left Today, But It Once Accommodated Over 16,000 Spectators

A Walk Through The Underground Vaults Gives The Visitor A Better Sense...

On Our Way Back, We Came Upon Shops That Rent Out Costumes,...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Sicily has to say about Catania:

“Catania is a true city of the volcano. Much of it is constructed from the lava that poured down the mountain and engulfed the city in the 1669 eruption in which nearly 12,000 people lost their lives. It is also lava-black in colour, as if a fine dusting of soot permanently covers its elegant buildings, most of which are the work of baroque master Giovanni Vaccarini. He almost single-handedly rebuilt the civic centre into an elegant modern city of spacious boulevards and set-piece piazzas.

Catania is Sicily’s second commercial city – a thriving, entrepreneurial centre with a large university and a tough, resilient local population that adheres strongly to the motto of carpe diem (seize the day). Catania’s central square, Piazza del Duomo, is a Unesco World Heritage site. It’s a set piece of sinuous buildings and a grand cathedral, all built in Catania’s own style of baroque, with its contrasting lava and limestone.

In the centre of the piazza is Catania’s most memorable monument, and a symbol of the city, the smiling Fontana dell’Elefante (built in 1736). The statue is crowned by a naive black-lava elephant, dating from the Roman period, surmounted by an improbable Egyptian obelisk. Legend has it that it belonged to the 8th-century magician Eliodorus, who reputedly made his living by turning men into animals. The obelisk is believed to possess magical powers that help to calm the restless activity of Mt Etna.

The best show in town, however, is the bustling La Pescheria (fish market) and adjoining food market, where carcasses of meat, silvery fish, skinned sheep’s heads, strings of sausages, huge wheels of cheese and piles of luscious vegetables are all rolled together in a few noisy, jam-packed alleyways.

The Fontana dell’Amenano marks the entrance to the market and is Tito Angelini’s commemoration of the Amenano River, which once ran over ground and on whose banks the Greeks first founded the city of Katáne.”

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

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