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Apr 29, 2017 - Turkish bathing in Palermo

I am BLISSED out! Have spent three hours this afternoon in a hammam or Turkish bath. Fortunately for you all, there are no photos, so my words will have to paint the picture. Wearing my swimsuit (this was a mixed bathing experience), I was guided through a series of steps. First, lying on a hot marble slab, an attendant threw hot water over my front and my back (the latter prompted much giggling from me as it was quite ticklish). Then into a 45 degrees sauna for no more than 2 minutes several times, a salt scrub down by another attendant, a...

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Sep 19, 2016 - Sicily - Palermo

SICILY. 17-28 September 2016 Early flight with Lufthansa from Munich to Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Palermo delivers a heady, heavily spiced mix of Byzantine mosaics, Arabesque domes and frescoed cupolas. It's noted for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy, playing an important role throughout much of its existence; it is over 2,700 years old. Palermo is located in the northwest of the island of Sicily, right by the Gulf of Palermo in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The city was founded in 734 BC by the Phoenicians and since then has...

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Pam's Europe 2016

Sep 8, 2015 - Refugees, traveling in the wrong direction

September 8, 2015 Oh yes, we've arrived in Palermo, same mess to disembark the ferry, but now in the opposite direction. After we left the port area, the navigation guided us somewhere in the slums of Palermo, with strange looking, dark Italian (I would say north African) people, wondering what a German car is doing in their neighborhood. Definitely not the kind of neighborhood I would book a night to stay. Than I found out, since I couldn't find the exact address before we left on holidays, I just pinpointed a position somewhere in...

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CLOET Industries™

Jun 10, 2015 - Palermo

You can tell we are touristed out. We slept late and had a late breakfast and headed to town. We thought we were going to the Cathedral but ended up at the Norman Palace where there is a beautiful church inside. As I said, parking is incomprehensible here: people are parked where it says no parking and there are places where people say not to park that have no signs. So we parked where there was no sign and someone told us we couldn't park there so we followed him to a parking place. Of course, he was a "tour guide" and wanted us to pay him...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Palermo

After breakfast we heade to the archeological museum in Agrigento, an extensive museum with artifacts from all the different ages in ancient history collected from the temples and elsewhere. Many vases and urns, sarcophagi, sculptures and examples of how the temples were brightly painted. They had a display of the Temple of Zeus, the largest of the temples. The figure I took a picture of yesterday, which I called a Karotyd, was a copy of one in the museum, and is actually called a telemone. They were 7.6 meters high and their purpose was to...

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May 12, 2015 - Palaces in Palermo and mines better than yours in Monreale

A Norman palace started the day with the king building the most astonishing church inside it. The paintings and the mosaics were breathtakingly beautiful. Every surface is covered in gold of some description. There are photos but they are limited. You need to google it. Look up Norman Palatine chapel Palermo. The chapel of the palace. From there to the church of St. John of the lepers. It was a plain building having been previously a mosque... Like many buildings in Europe as the conquerors moved in they renovated the sacred spaces and...

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The Italian Job

May 2, 2015 - Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Well Palermo certainly turned it on for us - blew an absolute gale and it wasn't definite that we would even dock. The captain managed to get the ship into the port and we all disembarked ready for our tours. We were booked on the city sights tour with a stop at the Plazzo Conte Frederico - translated the Palermo Palace. Tour started with us jumping on another bus, seems we do it every other day, then off on a drive to see the "old city" sights. The bus took us through the port and then down the expensive road, Palermo's version of Rodeo...

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Jan 25, 2015 - Palermo, Sicily

With only three days before our return ferry trip to the mainland we need to decide where to go & where to stay for the next two nights. We were well along the North coast & the City of Palermo seemed to be an obvious place to head for. I started off along the winding coast road but we had a couple of challenges with Ethel, our SatNav & had to make a very tricky turn about in one small town where a couple of guys stopped us on the narrow street & advised us, in French, that we would not get through because of the balconies hanging out from...

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Oct 27, 2014 - Palermo Markets

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Sicily has to say about Palermo: “The intersection known as the Quattro Canti (Four Corners) divides the historic centre into four traditional quarters that contain the majority of Palermo’s sights. The Mercato del Capo, which extends through the tangle of lanes and alleyways of the Albergheria and Capo quarters respectively, is the most atmospheric of all. Here, meat carcasses sway from huge metal hooks, glistening tuna and swordfish are expertly dismembered and...

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Oct 26, 2014 - Capella Palatina

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Sicily has to say about Palermo: “The austere fortified palace of Palazzo dei Normanni was once the centre of a magnificent medieval court. On the middle level of the three-tiered loggia is Palermo’s premier tourist attrac¬tion, the Cappella Palatina designed by Roger II in 1130. Restoration work completed in July 2008 (after a small earthquake in 2002 damaged the structure) has returned the chapel to its original splendour, and the walls once again swarm with...

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Oct 25, 2014 - Palermo

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Sicily has to say about Palermo: “Palermo is a city of decay and of splendour and – provided you can handle its raw energy, deranged driving and chaos – has plenty of appeal. Unlike Florence or Rome, many of the city’s treasures are hidden, rather than scrubbed up for endless streams of tourists. Be prepared to explore: this giant treasure trove of palaces, castles and churches has a unique architectural fusion of Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Renaissance and baroque...

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May 12, 2014 - Palermo

We had planned to visit Palermo today, however, positive comments on Palermo from both visitors and Sicilians were like finding needles in a haystack. As a consequence, we decided to stay in Cefalu and drive direct to our accommodation at Cinisi, close to the airport While waiting for Kaye for breakfast, I met a very impressive American woman who was part of a tour group undertaking a course in sketch drawing - a half day art, half day tourist trip. We chatted briefly until other members of her party arrived. I was disappointed to excuse...

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