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Jul 16, 2006 - Palermo sights

Today we grab our free map and head out for some sightseeing. It is hot already and we have to keep on changing to the shady side of the streets to get out of the sun. We make our way down to the historical area of town - Palermo has a very strong Arab influence in all it's shops and architecture as that's part of it's background. We see the Teatro Massimo (Massimo Theatre) which is a grand old building that has been totally restored. They filmed part of Godfather 3 in this theatre. We then head down to the main cathedral which is massive...

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Jul 15, 2006 - Onwards to Palermo

Up early this morning to catch the train for the 5 hour journey to Palermo. The cab driver that takes us to the station informs us that the bus only takes 3 hours, but the bus had already left by this time - so the train it is! We first catch one train to Catania which is about 1 hour north and then we switch trains to another one which will take us through to Palermo. When this train turns up at the platform we think it must be a joke cause it's only one carriage - including the driver's section!! We ask someone and they assure us this is...

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Jun 12, 2006 - Ciao

Greetings from Palermo. I hope that everyone is ok. I'm fine, but I have had two days of complete contrasts so far; and also a blast from the past, but all in good time. I had an interesting journey down to London yesterday, because my bus from home didn't show I ended up with a 15 minute walk down to Wednesfield to catch another bus; although that meant that I missed the coach in Wolverhampton. A quick walk down to the train station saw me catch up with the coach and get on in Birmingham. Only my relief proved to be short lived when the...

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Dave in Italia 2006

Apr 8, 2006 - Agrigento, Corleone, Palermo, Segesta, Erice, Cefalu Castlebuono & Lettojanni

Ciao Ciao Firstly, thanks Arnie for informing me that I put the wrong country code with my ph number - so here it is again - Italy is 39, then my number is 3497480449. It is SO nice to get text and messages on this site so please please keep writing to me everyone ! Well, am back in Taormina today as tomorrow is the last day of the tour and I will be back on my own. Feel sad about leaving all of my new friends, and have a challenging day of travel and working things out, especially as it is Sunday and not so many bus/train/ferry services as...

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Nov 30, 2005 - M: Palermo and musings about Italian cuisine

The guidebook says that you eat like royalty in Palermo. Even if we didn't necessarily feel like royalty, the food was much closer to what I had expected to get in Italy. Months before arriving in Italy I was licking my chops at the thought of huge plates of mama-made pasta, and delicious pizza, including the traditional Margherita, my favorite. Much to my disappointment, pasta in Italy is considered "primo piatto" or first course, so you essentially get a half portion for which you pay anywhere between 8 and 15 euros plus the cover charge...

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Skipping Stones

Nov 26, 2005 - Sicily

Today, in Palermo, we hired a taxi ofr a tour of the city. After a brief stop at the opera house to snap some pictures, he took us to the catacombs outside Palermo. There the dead bodies of thousands are interred, but not buried. They are simply mummified and laid about until bone and rotted flesh covered by the tattered rags that were once their finery. All of the bodies were placed here in the Nineteenth Century; I really don't know why. This place is a stern warning that we cannot hold onto this life. Our life is fading and almost gone....

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Aug 13, 2005 - Palermo

One of my must see places this summer was Sicily. And apart from arrivind on a Sunday (everything closed) followed by a local public holiday Monday (everything closed) it didn't disappoint. We spent four days in Palermo but would love to go back and see the rest. Heaps of history here with everybody from the Romans to the Turks and Arabs having settled at some point. Highlights included all of Palermo, Tony our cafe guy (he had to be called Tony eh?), meeting a nice Canadian couple in Rob and Vicky who drove us around (an experience...

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WorldWideWarren

May 25, 2005 - Day 45 - Sicily

Palermo to be exact. My last entry said I was going to be in Cagliari for a couple of days - but that all changed when I arrived there at around 5.30pm and went straight to the Ferry Terminal to suss out times to Corsica - they didn't sail to Palermo until the Friday (it was Monday) - so ended up on a Ferry that night at 7pm going to somehwere in Sicily (Trapani). Arrived the next morning at 8am (13 hours on the ferry - yay) and as had met a nice man (no gossip there) he dropped me off at the Bus station and within 3 minutes of arriving...

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May 22, 2005 - Boating & hiking Lo Zingarro; To Monreale/ Palermo

Yesterday we took a boat tour from Castellammare to the Upper end of the Zingaro Reserve with Cetaria diving excursions. We were in a little rubber boat with two Italian guides and two other tourists, Walter and Annette from Brussels, an older couple on their honeymoon. It was so pleasant, and just gorgeous- turquoise and azure water, white and orange cliffs spotted with shrubby little palms, cacti, and flowering bushes. We could see people hiking on the dusty trail along the cliffs and on the little beaches, but we had the sea to...

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K & R's travels

May 11, 2005 - Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Palermo has canolies and we ate canolies and Dan ate two canolies and Ben ate no canolies. If Amit ate one canolies, how many canolies are left? Amit got olives stuffed with peppers from the market and Ben got cheese and bread from the same place. Getting to Palermo took so long because the train tracks were broken so the bus took us to almost Palermo and then we took a train to Palermo but it got in at midnight which is a very late time for a train to get in when you have to find a hotel. But not to worry, because we found one and it was...

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Apr 12, 2005 - Simmering in Sicily!

Hey Yall... I think I've left yall twisting in the air waiting to find out where we are right now long enough. so here goes "Gimme S"...I didn't see anyone spelling out the "S" letter! Come on...let's play for old man's sake! "Gimme I...gimme C...gimme I...gimme L...gimme Y!!!!" Yes...Sicily it is. We changed our course once again and went for the southernmost part of Italy and that happened to be Sicily! We also found a reasonable apartment to rent for a week via Internet. Took us 11 long hours by train to get here from Orvieto and the...

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Nov 16, 2004 - Palermo, Sicily

I arrived at the port town of Milazzo on Sicily to catch the bus to the train station for the ride to Palermo. At the tabacchi (tobacco shop) where you buy bus tickets I met Tom from Australia. We caught the bus and bought tickets to Palermo. We talked on the train and he clamped his digital camera to a shelf at his seat and made short video clips of the passing landscape which he downloaded to his iPod. At the station in Palermo we got a bite (Mcdonald's for me) and checked out a hotel out of the guidebook. On our second try we checked...

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