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Published: September 5th 2017
King Ferdinand's hunting castle
Large but not that fancy inside.
Geo: 38.1157, 13.3612
Our tour was to leave at 8 this morning and we didn't want to be late. Mom had spent what little time we had free visiting the WC which made us the last to board the bus at different stops along the way yesterday. That memory was still fresh in her mind this morning. I set the alarm for 6, we got up and were up at the breakfast just before 7. No one's here. The place is empty. I look at my watch. It's not even 6 yet so we return to the cabin. My iPad somehow reverted to Istanbul time and woke us an hour early. Needless to say, we were there by 8am to board the bus.
This time our trip was to the old town of Corleone, a mafia town made famous in the movie "The Godfather". We first stopped at a hunting lodge used by King Ferdinand of Sicily. Big place but not very fancy. Next was Corleone. I can tell you this, it wasn't the town seen in the movie. An old town without the picturesque beauty of others we have seen. Spending an hour in the town, we next were off to
Like the cops say, "Nothing to see here".
a wine tasting at a winery in the country. We took a tour of the facility learning their process of producing about 1.5 million bottles of wine per year. Then we had wine and a light lunch. If that was a light lunch, I'd hate to see a big one. They brought out 9-10 plates of different things to share. All were delicious but Mom especially liked an eggplant wrap washed down with white wine made from moscato grapes.
On to Montreal, a small town on the way back to the ship. The van dropped us off at the bottom of these steps that led to the town. Mom made it up a couple of flights and that was it so she stayed and visited with some Sicilian sales boys while I went up the rest of the way. When I returned they were discussing Sicilian life, the economy, jobs and Mom was listening to their problems just like at home. One more brief stop in the port town of Palermo and we returned to the ship at 4:30pm.
We went up to the buffet around 6:30 intending to see the show at 8 but ran into Joan and Bret
Not much here, at least not after some of the other places we've been to.
and spent the rest of the evening talking about Obamacare, economy, inflation etc. Jjust like the Sicilians, we have problems too. A sea day tomorrow.
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