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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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May 28, 2011 - Palermo, Sicily

Entry #13 May 28, 2011 The Castellammare shipyard workers' protest had settled down and a driver was scheduled to pick us up at 9:45AM for the drive to the Naples airport. The certainty of this arrangement had been a bit scary since on Thursday night we heard talking in the lobby of our B&B around 11PM. A couple had just arrived from Naples and had to take a real "Round Robin-hood's Barn" drive to get from Naples to Sorrento which involved going inland and then back up the Amalfi coast rather than by the direct road (which the workers had...

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May 14, 2011 - 02. Setting off

Arrived in Palermo after an exhausting series of flights and airport lounges. The less said about that the better. In Rome as I queued to clear customs, I finally met up with my first fellow rider. By coincidence he was Andrew, the only person with whom I had made contact before the trip. We were going to catch up for a training ride but didn't manage it. He was on a different flight to Palermo and, as I waited in the departure lounge for my flight, I was approached by Tom, Marek and Libby, all from Maleny in Queensland, who spotted me as a...

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Apr 22, 2011 - A full day at sea

Today was a full day at sea, so we were all pretty lazy. We did watch Sardinia going by. Mom and dad finally got the internet working (slowly) on board. We updated the blogs and got caught up on a few emails. After a nice last dinner, we went back to the room to pack. Disembarkation starts at 8am but the suitcases had to be out in the hall by 2am. Cruising is a neat way to have a family vacation. It is also an outstanding way to see a lot of tourist sights in a very short time. The rapid fire sightseeing is a bit like snacking though, you...

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Apr 21, 2011 - Palermo, Sicily

The boat docks right in the heart of Palermo, Sicily. We took a leisurely walk up the main streets, and had a quick pizza, panini and kebab lunch. The city streets near the harbour are some of the craziest we have seen. When 40-50 scooters and motorbikes take off from a red light all at once, jockeying for position as they rev their engines, one can’t help but think of Italy’s history in Formula 1 racing. The cacophony of sound as they all zoom away across the intersection is amazing. For afternoon desert I enjoyed a cannoli while the rest...

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