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

We Found A Lovely Apartment In This Brand-New Building On The Outskirts...

The Furnishing Were All New And Very Modern - Probably From IKEA...

I Liked The Rather Industrial Looking Kitchen, Though I Wouldn't Have This...

The Bathroom Had A Great Shower, And An Even Greater View Of...

It Was Set Up To Accommodate Active Travellers, With Lockers For Storing...

Just Across The Front Street There Were Waves Beckoning The Sports Enthusiasts

However, This Was Not The Time Of Year For Surfers Or Sunbathers

This Must Be A Popular Destination During The Summer Months, Plenty Of...

We Chose To Just Walk Along The Beach And Admire The Views...

Further Along The Coast You Can See The Crescent-Shaped Arc Of Land...

We Drove Into The City Despite The Ominous-Looking Clouds Because There Weren't...

We Needn't Have Worried Because The Winds Carried The Clouds Away Quickly

We Strolled Over To The Pedestrianized Via Garibaldi To Admire The 18th-Century...

High Up I Spotted Not Only A Clock But An Adjacent Dial...

The Turquoise Tiles On The Top Of This Church Dome Caught My...

I Especially Wanted To See The Life-Sized Wooden Effigies That Are Carried...

They Are Mounted On Large Wooden Platforms With Carved Handles For Resting...

They Were Incredibly Life-Like, Sometimes Too Real For Words

After Viewing All The Statues, We Returned To The Streets To Find...

Here And There I Poked My Nose Into A Courtyard And Admired...

There Were Few People Out And About, But This Restaurant Looked The...

We Were Too Hungry To Wait The Few Hours Till The Locals...

Anil Looked So Comfortable Sitting Facing The Street That I Asked Him...

While We Were Relaxing Afterwards, A Young Man Walked By With A...

Before Leaving On Our Last Morning, We Decided To Explore The Old...

There Was A Lovely Harbour With A Variety Of Boats, And An...

We Drove Past A Gelato Shop, But Anil Claimed It Was Much,...


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BACKGROUND

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

“The lively port city of Trapani makes a wonderful base for exploring Sicily’s western tip. Its historic centre is filled with atmospheric pedestrian streets and some lovely churches and baroque buildings. The surrounding countryside is beautiful, ranging from the watery vastness of the coastal salt ponds to the rugged mountainous shoreline north of town.

Once situated at the heart of a powerful trading network that stretched from Carthage to Venice, Trapani’s sickle-shaped spit of land hugs the precious harbour, nowadays busy with a steady stream of tourists and traffic to and from Tunisia, Pantelleria and the Egadi Islands.

The narrow network of streets in Trapani’s historic centre remains a Moorish labyrinth, although it takes much of its character from the fabulous 18th-century baroque of the Spanish period – a catalogue of examples can be found down the pedestrianized Via Garibaldi. The best time to walk down here is in the early evening (around 7pm) when the passeggiata is in full swing.

Trapani’s other main street is Corso Vittorio Emanuele, punctuated by the huge Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, with its baroque facade and stuccoed interior.

Just off the corso, south along Via Generale Dom Giglio, is the Chiesa del Purgatorio, which houses the impressive 18th-century Misteri, twenty life-sized wooden effigies depicting the story of Christ’s Passion.

I Misteri (Easter Holy Week), Sicily’s most venerated Easter procession, is a four-day festival of extraordinary religious fervour. Nightly processions, bearing the life-sized wooden effigies, make their way through the old quarter to a specially erected chapel in Piazza Lucatelli. The high point is on Good Friday when the celebrations reach fever pitch.”

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