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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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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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Who knew...

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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