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May 22, 2004 - Did the Sicilians lose the recipe for a good cappuccino?

On to Nothern Sicily we hit the town of Cefalu, a pleasant coastal town with a towering Duomo, a nice beach, and wandering streets. Then, onto Palermo, the capital of Sicily. We received so much information about the filth, trash and crumbling buildings, we were prepared for the worst but discovered a decently squared-away city. The one thing they both had in common was a major downgrade on our daily pleasure, the cappuccino. It went to weak, milky coffee.

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Mar 24, 2004 - Mt. Etna

Monday March 22 We climbed Mt. Etna today! We drove up from Taormina through an amazing volcanic landscape. The last eruption, in 2000, left much of the countryside covered with black ash and rocks. We arrived at the base station at Refugio Sapienza around 11 a.m. There was a funicular (cable car) until 2000 which took you close to the summit. It was destroyed in 2000, so now they have jeep-type minibuses. We took about an hour to drive switchback to the top, past mountains of ash and lava, snow and ice walls 10 feet high. Some people were...

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Mar 24, 2004 - da Taormina a Brolo

Tuesday & Wednesday We ate a fabulous dinner last night in Taormina at a restaurant called La Grotta Azzura. The chef brought out clippings of articles about him in the New York Times. We had a fish stew that had a whole fish, prawns and octopus. Pretty cool. Today we drove back to Brolo to see if there was any information about possible Magistro family members. (Pat's mother was born in Brolo but emigrated with her parents when she was 2. We don't know if there are any family left in Brolo). We never were able to find anyone. We had a nice...

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Mar 21, 2004 - Greetings from Taormina

We are in the lovely city of Taormina, at the first internet point we have been able to find on our journey. The city is on the ocean, and is absolutely beautiful. To recap our trip: we landed in Palermo on the 18th, and had many problems getting from the airport to town, then more problems finding our way around town. We never did find the B&B where we had reservations, but we happened on the Hotel Joli, parked, went inside and got a room. We walked around Palermo just looking at all the people. The traffic is indescribable. Motos, the...

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