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Nov 17, 2017 - A few notes from John

My General Impressions of Italy By John We spent three days in Rome, three days in Naples, and then fourteen days in Sicily (on a Road Scholar trip) – twelve of those days in rural Sicily. In Rome, the major tourist destinations like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and the Roman Colosseum were overrun with tourists without much infrastructure to support them. For example, there were no public toilets in the area. Outside of these areas, Rome was not unpleasant, but the roads had more traffic than they could handle, and there were no...

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Nov 15, 2017 - Arrivederci Sicily

Our final two days on the Sicily tour. Belice, Mt Pispisa, and Segesta Written by John, edited by Lois On Tuesday November 14, the weather forecast was for 50 degrees and rain for most of the day. The original schedule called for an all day hike, so our guides put their heads together and came up with another plan. First we went to a former quarry where they found evidence of a civilization that dug a system of aqueducts several thousand years BC! The problem was the area had been in a grass fire a year ago and the trails had never been...

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Nov 13, 2017 - Lessons learned the hard way

A few short notes for both seasoned and novice travelers: 1. When stowing your stuff in the overhead compartment of an airplane, take the time beforehand to put everything into one bag. Do not throw in your practically new LL Bean fleece separately. John realized several days later that his jacket was left on the plane between Naples and Palermo. We hope that the person who found it enjoys the cozy warmth of the garment. 2. Take a complete change of clothing along in your carry-on luggage. Alitalia lost one guy's suitcase, and it took 6...

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Nov 12, 2017 - Two Days in Palermo

Lois writing: On Sunday November 12 we were driven about an hour to Palermo, where we had a long walking tour of the city, courtesy of our history guide, Viviana. Saw lots of churches, Norman architecture, some old parts of town, Muslim influences, shops, fountains, theaters, families out and about, boats in the harbor and skateboarding kids. Almost everyone wears black. A large lunch in a restaurant. There was a long discussion of the Mafia influence in Sicily; it is still quite prevalent nowadays. This is John writing now..... There are...

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Nov 11, 2017 - Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve- Hiking along the Coast

Saturday Nov.11 - Lois writing - a hiking day in a Nature Reserve that was the first of its kind in Italy. We traversed a trail that always was in view of the seashore, and although the forecast was not promising, it was sunny all day. It was really great to be able to do a point-to-point six mile hike, since the bus had to drive 40 kilometers between our trailheads. The scenery was fabulous, and Eduardo stopped often to tell us about a wide variety of plants and animals, plus some historical notes. For example, the Grotta del'Uzzo served...

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Nov 9, 2017 - Monte Cofano

Monte Cofano by John The first half of our trip is over. We checked out of our hotel in Trapani and moved to a hotel in Castellammare del Golfo, which is about 25 miles east of Trapani, and also on the coast of the Tyrrhanean Sea. For some reason, our first four or five meals with Road Scholar featured octopus, calamari, and sardines. Since then we have had veal, roast beef, and meat balls - and more vegetables, and we have been eating too much. It is very easy to eat more than you can walk off when you are our age. The hike today around...

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