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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. Behind the splendours of the Palazzo dei Normanni lies the contrastingly shabby, run¬ down district of Albergheria, once inhabited by Norman court officials and now home to a growing number of immigrants who are attempting to revitalize its dusty backstreets. This is...

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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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Mar 13, 2014 - From Sicily

Dear all From Palermo - Sicily This comes to you from my quiet little room in Luigi's B&B in Palermo, the main city in Sicily. So for a bit of a catch up since my last post from Corsica. I caught the ferry back to mainland Italy and had a few days in a lovely B&B in the port of Livorno. The part I was staying in was called Little Venice due to the canals which originally formed part of the defence system around the old fort. I had a wonderful view from my room down a canal. My host Paola was lovely and with good English we had some great...

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Travels with Comfort

Jan 2, 2014 - Palermo, Sicily

We put another 180 nautical miles behind us and arrived in Palermo around 7 a.m. We were having breakfast as the ship was maneuvered and tied up at the dock. Palermo is the capital city of the island of Sicily. The port area is very busy and hints loudly of a bustling city beyond. The Palatine Chapel was our first stop and is truly an amazing place, adorned with eye-popping mosaics covering every square inch. It's so overwhelming it was difficult to decide where to point the camera first. This is the royal chapel of the Norman Kings of...

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A Wedding & A Cruise

Oct 7, 2013 - Palermo

Palermo, Sicily Today we are in Palermo, Sicily. We walked our feet off as usual for about 5-6 hours; OK we did have a couple of refreshments breaks - coffee and croissant and then a much needed beer break. We were able to just walk ashore from the Port and headed for the Royal palace. We were just a short way down the main street when Viv spotted a dress she couldn’t live without (and on sale of course). After that slight detour we kept walking through this busy city to the Palace. The best part was the Palatine Chapel. The Church...

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May 9, 2013 - Palermo

Palermo, as the capital of Sicily has many monuments and government buildings. We have definitely left the small, quaint towns of Italy here. On our city tour we see the Teatro Massimo, Quarttro Canti Square, the Palermo Cathedral,Santa Christina; the Palentine Chapel in the Palace of the Normans, and learn of the tale of Santa Roselea who saved the town. We also visit the open Air Market--the Vucceria, filled with seafood, produce, flowers and anything else you may want to haggle for. Following that we visit the Capuchin Catacombs, an...

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Oct 27, 2012 - Erice and Trapani salt flats

Today we white knuckled it and out of Palermo to the main highway to Erice and Trapani salt flats where salt has been produced for centuries. First we went to Erice, which is high up on top of the edge of a promontory.the churches , castles and cobblestone streets were amazing. The streets were designed into a square pattern, cobblestones in the squares and longer stones forming the squares. Never saw streets liked this before. We had to go to the top by cablecar rather than drive a very steep and winding road . For lunch , we decided to...

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