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Dec 7, 2010 - Palermo, Sicily (Victor's hometown)

Palermo – December 7 ... warm balmy 22C The plan was to get off the ship around 9 and wander through Palermo to do some exploring prior to meeting up with Victor’s family at a restaurant across from the port at noon. As we were getting off the ship on the gangway at 9 am, we looked down and saw some members of Victor’s family – Toti Di Blasi, his wife and two of their grandchildren – waiting and waving up at us. They had been waiting since 8am in the hopes that they would see us leave the ship. We were greeted warmly and whisked away in a...

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Oct 1, 2010 - Driving through Sicilia

We set off early to see a Norman Church near Caltanissetta. It was very pretty but not open until 9.00am so we moved on. Next stop was the Valley of the Temples near Agrigento. Progress would have been more rapid if the road which led directly to the temples had not been closed but they were well worth seeing when we got there. The navigation challenges were just part of the day. We drove over the centre of Sicily to Palermo on the small roads. Lunch was taken at a small village on the way. Things that we ordered turned out not to be...

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Rallye Med 2010

Sep 26, 2010 - Taromia

All's I can say is beautiful!!!! This was a beautiful city in the mountains but also right on the water! He water was crystal clear. Jehovah is just so amazing in all his creations! We saw the greek ruins in argenteinia. That was spectacular! ( ya like my big vocabulary? ) haha Ok so I kno y'all wanted to see pictures...I'm working on that...access to a computer is harder than I thought! :( Us girls are having soo much fun! It was a little rough at uncle phils house...( Similia) while we were in peresapazia. But it was a fun experiance!...

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Sep 20, 2010 - Traveling to precipazia*

* don't know if that's spelt right... Opps Today we checked out of the hotel in Palermo and headed down to precipazia. It took us about 2 hours to drive down here but it is as beautiful as ever!!!! Most amazing drive I have ever done. It looks a little deserty but it's because of it being the end of the season. Useally it's as green as can be Dino said. He was here in April about 8 years ago and it was at the peak season I guess. It was cool to see they burn the old crops because burning it makes the soil more rich and is better for...

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Sep 19, 2010 - Lunch at zeo faliches

So we just had dinner at zeo faliches and all's I can say I'm full! 5 course meal... 1st - honey dew and prociuto. 2nd- pasta dish. 3rd- pork and Green beans. 4th- fruit. 5th- cake dessert. Than some expresso! Omg sooooo good but I'm so stankin full! They are all so hospitable it's rediculous! It's good to know there's family all around the world. Love you all!

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Sep 18, 2010 - Another day at the beach/ Dino and sherry arrive!!!!

So I went to the beach...again. Lol it was nice but we went in Early today and passed put. I didn't relieze how much the sun drains your energy!!! The water is beautiful. Clear as can be. As one of my best friends would say..."it's stupid clear" no one will understand besides my bff! Hahaha anyways... It's about 11:51pm here but it's the first time we have free wifi so we are all going crazy trying tonreplyto emails and give updates. I think I said this before but I'll b posting some pictures in a couple days when I have a computer....

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Sep 14, 2010 - Palermo hotel

Since I haven't been on for two days there will be two entires haha So when we first got to this hotel And did not like it but it was because we were jetlegged an tired! Serrina and I slept in the weirdest positions on the plane!!!! Hahaha Anyways back to the hotel it was gross but because we where wicked tired!!!! Everyone here is wicked nice to!! Us girls are trying to learn italino and what's nice is they are very patient while we butcher every word. Lol First thing I asked an Italian....( look it up!) dovia del frutia marketo? Rose u...

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Jul 19, 2010 - Palermo

July 16, 2010 - Still traveling! July 17, 2010 - Arrived in Palermo around 7 PM Italy time. We searched for a place to have dinner and a tobacco store to a phone card. The tobacco store was closed and we ate dinner at Diego's on Albanese. Aunt Camille made friends with the waitress, Santina. We all enjoyed our first glass of wine in Italy. July 18, 2010 - We began our day with breakfast at the hotel. We found out about a city tour and decided to do that for the day. It was a hop on, hop off bus and it took use around the city of Palermo. We...

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Italian Adventure

Sep 22, 2009 - Palermo (Sicily)

Palermo is an easy city to get around as it is a grid of 2 main roads. We loved this beautiful city, it is busy but clean and we wandered across a large market which sold produce like fruit and vegies, fish and meat, etc, another area for clothes and shoes, another selling household goods, then another where small items of furniture were available. In the middle of the town was a nice 'piazza' where we could sit and watch the world go by. Couldn't find a decent cup of coffee, though! Oh well, back to the ship. Information: Palermo is the...

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May 10, 2008 - Palmero

Well we crossed the 3.7km strait between mainland Italy and Sicily by ferry. Apparently there have been plans in the past to build a bridge to join the two; it would be the longest suspension bridge in the world. But due to the high level of seismic activity in the area it has been put on hold for now. Based on that, driving through Sicily that worries me a little the highway is dotted with tunnels and crazy high bridges the whole way round I certainly wouldn’t like to be on this highway during any seismic activity! Sicily is a volcanic...

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Nov 23, 2007 - Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Hello from Palermo, Italy, on the beautiful island of Sicily. Home to the Mafia (which is still alive and well in the city), canelloni, pizza, espresso machiatto and numerous other wonders. Its also home to the worst drivers in Europe (a fact). I presume its also home to the largest number of pedestrian deaths in the free world. It is, by far, the most dynamic city I have been to in Europe. Its noisy....non-stop. The car to motorbike/scooter ratio is about 3:1 so there is a lot of noise simply from the number of bikes. Getting back to the...

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Sep 30, 2007 - At Sea 2

LIFE ON BOARD: Purell and no housework It's a world of anti-bacterials on cruise ships these days. Trying to avoid the mass illness outbreaks, they have posted Purell stations everywhere - outside every eating area, at every door, and all over the fitness areas. They HAND you the wipes at the restaurant entrances. Most of these passengers probably have cleaner hands than they ever have at home! Now the best part of cruising: leaving the room every day knowing someone else will make the bed, change the towels and straighten up. Now THAT'S...

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Paula & David at Sea

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