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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 2, 2009 - I see dead people....

I see dead people. Lots of them. I am in the crypt of the Capuchin monks, on the outskirts of Palermo (yes, the same monks after whom the cappuccino was named, but I digress). The crypts are full of skeletons, hung from the walls, dressed in their Sunday best. Skulls loll or leer, some are slumped in resignation, others recline in immortal repose, some are completely dessicated, others retain hair and skin.... All are on display, even to inquiring tourists. These crypts are amazing and chilling at the same time. About 500 years ago, 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

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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