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Oct 26, 2012 - Monreale & Cefalu'

After breakfast we braved our way thru Palermo traffic to get to Monreale, where there is an amazing Duomo with the interior made up of mosaics. There was the entire story of Noah's ark, Adam & Eve and so much more completely displayed in mosaics, built in the 1100, taking 20 years to build. The driving wasn't white knuckled this time but can plainly see no driving rules or courtesies exist here. Stop signs, speed limits, lane lines, etc are clearly suggestions magnified more than in Umbria. Sophia, my GPS messed up once leading us down the...

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Oct 25, 2012 - Kissing mirrors on the streets of Palermo

We arrived via Easyjet in Palermo. Jacquita agreed to drive while I navigated along with the GPS. Louise ( aka Jacquita) has driven in Naples . Allora, it is true and I am witness to screeching stops, whiplash, nearly kissing mirrors and walls. No flies on her. She kindly told me to shut the ********* up as I was gripping the dashboard. So we finally found the hotel just outside the city and quite pleasant. We are tired after all day travel so catching up on email,planning the next few days and killing a bottle of wine before dinner....

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Oct 24, 2012 - Louise has arrived

Jacquita (aka Louise) had just arrived in Rome airport ..needs to sleep before our takeoff tomorrow at 12:50 to Palermo. I am about to unpack my suitcase for the 3rd time to take out what I can live without. Less is more!! I hope I sleep tonight. My friend is picking me up at 7:30 am to drive me to the airport, rather than negotiate 2 trains to the airport. Butterflies in my stomach..so strange since I never feel like this before a trip..a really new adventure for 3 weeks, without a tour guide, cattle group, pullman bus, ..just us in our...

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Oct 22, 2012 - COUNTDOWN 2 days

We will be landing in Palermo. oct 25th.for 3 nights to see all the surrounding areas , then on to Agrigento, Ragusa, Syracusa, and finishing in Catania before we fly to Brindisi, Puglia. We decided to book some hotels and wing it the rest of the time depending on where we want to stay and how long. Being off season, it is wide open.Our ETA home will be on or about Nov 20

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Jul 9, 2012 - Palermo, Sicily- It's only a twelve-hour train ride away

After an overnight train ride in a cramped, too hot closet sized room with bunk beds, we arrived in Palermo, Sicily to our accommodations which consisted of a cramped, too hot closet size room with bunk beds. Anyone ever hear of AC and or a matrimonial size bed (good vocab word we learned that one in Pucon). For anyone who is counting that's 7 days straight with bunk beds. Anyway, for our brief time here, we managed to set up only one wine tasting (of a dozen we contacted), rent a car, get horribly lost in the maze of alleyways that are the...

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Jun 3, 2012 - Sparkling mosaics and food

I am going to put all the rest of Palermo bar one day into this blog, that is two days. And I will make it brief partly because we have just now almost finished at Paceco near Trapani so need to catch up, and partly because the owner of this B & B has just given me some absolutely delicious and lethal home made limoncello so my brain is somewhat scrambled. I will start with the third day because that is the day I remember best. On that day we caught a local, painfully slow, hot and crowded bus, which stopped at every stop seemingly to let...

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Jun 2, 2012 - Palermo - not at all what we expected

We have finished our time in Palermo. This blog was written partly while there so excuse confusion in tenses if they appear. I wasn't able to do much in the way of blogging a) because I was so exhausted every night and b) because we had no wifi which was a total pain. Palermo is wonderful. It's an exciting city. And there is so much to do that four days is way too little and we have been racing around somewhat. The first day stepping out into that street that had seemed so abandoned and crumbling the night before, we find things so alive...

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May 30, 2012 - Quite an arrival in Palermo

He seemed kindly enough. We had watched him on the bus from Palermo airport take about 50 incoming text messages, several phone calls and play a game on his iPhone in between. He had leapt into guide mode when John had lurched to the front seeking the bus driver's advice in his impeccable Italian about where we needed to alight. Having worked out the number in the street but not knowing the hotel, the iPhone  man told us that we should get off with him and he would show us the way. Meanwhile he wrote down a new museum we should see and...

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Mar 25, 2012 - Palermo

Two days in Palermo, and I'm still suffering from jetlag. It was the longest flight I've ever taken - 5 hours to Atlanta, 9.5 hours to Rome, 1 hour to Palermo. Note to self: Take the polar route whenever possible. Even if it costs more, it's worth it. Those of you who are also on Facebook will notice some repetition of photos here. The difference is the pics on Facebook were taken with my iPhone and the photos in this journal were taken with my camera. Let me know what you think. I think the iPhone takes pictures of equal or better quality....

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Dec 14, 2011 - Palermo, Sicily

We were at sea on December 13th and Lane was sick. I think Lane got food poising the night before. I finally got him to go to the ship's doctor in the afternoon . A couple of hours after taking the medicine, he felt much better. However, he had to go back and see the doctor at noon on the 14th, so we only had a short time in Sicily. Of course we had to try the food and took a short walk around the town to mail postcards. We waited over 45 minutes to mail 6 postcards! In addition she weighed each postcard and charged us 1.60 Euro to mail...

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Jun 6, 2011 - Agrigento,Valley of the Temples, Segesta & Archeological Site, Palermo - Taveling Home

Entry #19 June 6, 2011 Our last day was extremely long and we had a lot of ground to cover before we returned to Palermo for our last night before a very early morning alarm clock and our departure to the airport for our flight to Rome, then back to Atlanta and then home. Our bus rolled at 7:05AM from the "Bishop's" hotel and we arrived about 3 hours later at Agrigento for our tour of the Temples in the "Valley of the Temples" (it's not really a valley but a ridge). Agrigento is aptly named for there is lots of farming done in this region....

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Jun 2, 2011 - Italy again

After getting out of bed at 5.45 am in Malta, we took a 90 minute ferry ride to Sicily. As is often the case, the port was nowhere near public transport connections and we were given a “tour” by a taxi driver before finally insisting on being left at the bus stop, as per our initial request. Emily texted at this point and we sent some bus station vocabulary for her to translate. Clearly fluent in Italian, Em promptly informed us that it was a public holiday and that our “blast off” was 6 hours away.When the bus finally arrived we were...

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