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Aug 7, 2007 - Palermo, Sisily

Realy liked sisily. We walked for miles then decided to walk to the botanical gardens but my personal tour guide who i rely on to have a sense of direction led us completely in the oposite direction. We had walked about 1 1/2 hours ( the streets didn,t tend to have names!) we stopped at a little bar (and i mean little. it had no tables inside and only 2 out) They didn,t speak english but showed us on our map where we were; well they would have if we had been on the map! We shared a big bottle of beer ( E1.50!) and started walking back....

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Europe 2007

Jul 18, 2007 - Palermo Sicily, Italy

Today we docked in Palermo. Most of the people here live in apartment buildings. The only single family homes are on Liberty street, which is the most elegant street in the city, or on the beach. Traffic is absolutely crazy. There are no traffic lights, signs, or police; just round abouts. There are bikes, motorcycles, buses, cars, and people all over the place. Traffic back home will be a piece of cake after this. Our first stop was the Catacombs, which is a private cemetery owned by Catholics. It was started in the 1600's after the...

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May 19, 2007 - An afternoon in Palermo

It was a clear morning as we checked out of our hotel and took a cab back down to the train station. As we turned the corner around the hill, we finally saw Mt. Etna! We have been on the lookout for it but I guess because of the hazy weather, it must have been covered by clouds when we were looking. But there she was, beautifully snowcapped, with steam coming out from the top. We were glad we were able to see the volcano before we said goodbye to Taormina! It was definitely a "wow" moment. Today we were heading to Palermo just for one night...

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May 7, 2007 - South through Corleone and Prizzi to Enna

May 7 - Back to the east coast of Sicily via the interior. From Monreale, we went south on secondary highways to Corleone (fictional home of the "Godfather"). Stunning scenery as we climbed up and up into the mountains south of Palermo, to a high plain with green rolling hills, few villages and large farms. The lake at the top (a water reservoir) was especially beautiful. In Corleone, aiming for the 'mafia' museum, we ended up at a small museum of life in Corleone in the 1950s, with a small house and its contents, agricultural implements,...

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Jul 27, 2006 - Corleone

One of my main motivations for coming to Sicily at all was to visit for a day the small town of Corleone, home town of the fictional Don Corleone in one of my all-time favourite films, The Godfather, which is also partly set here- I wanted to see it for myself. An hour and a half's bus ride south of Palermo through the sun-dried, mountainous Sicilian interior and we (I was joined by Matt one of the guys from the hostel) were there. We walked round the town during siesta time. It is nothing more than a small provincial town and being there...

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Jul 27, 2006 - Palermo- a Sicilian message

Fortunately I did not end up 'sleeping with the fishes' here by I did do a lot of sleeping on the train, utterly exhausted after Rome. The contrast between the capital of Italy and the capital of Sicily is pretty big. The first thing I saw as I walked out of Palermo station was a dead dog lying in the afternoon sunshine. The city is dirty and messy and a fraction of the price of Rome's tourist traps. However it feels infinitely more authentic and I learnt more about Italian life here than it was ever possible to in Rome. I stayed in Palermo...

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Jul 17, 2006 - The Norman Palace

This morning we decide to head back down to the Norman Palace for a look inside. After a bit of shopping and a bit of searching for the entrance we make it there just after midday - and it's shut between Noon and 2. So off to a little tavern for some lunch. After lunch, we head back to the Norman Palace and the first place we enter is the Palatini Capella which is the chapel in the palace. It's currently having restoration works on it however that does not take away from the breathtaking inside of the chapel. The entire inside both walls,...

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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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