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Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo August 31st 2018

Long day Checked out 7:45 Walked to bus station Bus to airport at 8:10 Check in - then wait for flight at 11:10 Arrive Stansted 12:30 Get bags and exit airport. Come back into airport and get some lunch 2:15 - check in for flight to Palermo Kill more time in airport waiting for 5:10pm flight. Stand in the "Priority" queue until 5:10pm Pass boarding check point only to stand in tunnel leading to plane for a ridiculous amount of time. Flight departs 45 minutes late Arrive in Palermo just before 10pm (should have been 9:10) Finally get bags then buy ticket for airport bus and wait for next bus at 10:30 I thought I would sit in the front seat so I can see the way to the city - bad idea. Driver was a ... read more
Ireland - every shade of green

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 27th 2018

Palermo – what do you say about this city? It is a vibrant, energetic place with magnificent places to see, plenty to learn about and an abundance of choices of foods to try. What is not to like?? We have heard that this is a place that people seem to love or hate. Obviously we are on the love side as we wound up staying here for 12 days. In actual fact though we could have probably left a couple of days earlier but the weather thought otherwise and we still found things to fill the days with. We were off to a great start with the marina that we picked to stay at while here. There are a few options, but fortunately for us friends of ours were in Palermo earlier and gave us great ... read more
Last View of Cefalu
Interesting Hillsides
Notice the ZigZag Paths on the Hillside

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo February 21st 2018

Today we had arranged for guided tours of Palermo and Cefalù, cities that are the repositories of many Sicilian architectural and artistic treasures, including several of the most celebrated examples of Byzantine and Arab mosaics scattered throughout the island of Sicily. Both of these cities lie on the western side of the island, so the distances to be traveled from our base in Taormina required more than 6 hours in a tour bus; and a long, 13-hour-day from start to finish. We made it to the pick-up point at the Taormina bus terminal by 7 AM, where our 12-seat-capacity tour bus, driver and guide met us in short order. After a couple of stops on the way out of town to pick-up a few more passengers, we drove south toward Catania via Sicily’s superhighway system, where ... read more
On the way to Palermo
Palermo Opera
Quattro Canti facade

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo October 1st 2017

That week went really quick! Caught the city circut bus to the port & walked around the waters edge & then cut back through to find some antique markets. Many stall holders and a fantastic assortment of goods for sale....hundreds of people. We jumped on the city circut bus again & got off at the Cattedrale. Being Sunday the whole town was out...I'm sure of it.....more streets were blocked off to traffic and pedestrians only allowed...oh and some handbag dogs. I can't get over how proud the Italians are about their appearance! We enjoyed strolling with the locals for the morning as it was easy underfoot today. Home to pack up ready for the next move....supposed to be thunderstorms... read more
Obviously not a problem to bang a few nails in an old wall..
In action...can't help it...
Banyan tree?

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo September 30th 2017

Around the house and out... A stroll round the area we stayed in last time...Indepenzia... read more

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo September 27th 2017

To the Cattedrale a magnificant building.....last time we just stayed around the corner. Enjoyed walking the pedestrian streets...Vitttorio Emanuele in particular. Ballaro markets was the aim & we hit it just before midday so it was in full swing & the produce was fresh...... read more
Cattedrale Palermo
Cattedrale Palermo
Cattedrale Palermo

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo September 26th 2017

Love our has five rooms...we could actually lose sight of each other... A lovely bottle of Sicilian wine & biscotti welcomed us last night. Today we headed into the Teatro Massimo centre for info gathering & a wander. Their info centres here are just great for anything you need to Sicilian lady & maps & timetables later we left with a nice experience of being very welcome.. Viap Maqueda area has some quite fascinating architecture dating from 1140. Love the faces in the advertising photo! A little more grocery shopping & home for the afternoon.. 6.15pm we headed out before dark & made our way to Teatro Massimo to catch the City Circut bus, all the street lights coming on & most monumental places lit up. Complete circut was 50mins & there was often ... read more
Our cute kitchen
Teatre Massimo
Teatre Massimo - Verdi

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo September 25th 2017

For some reason....for which I can't remember...we had to arrange our flight from Napoli to Catania and that is, not to Palermo which was our destination. We have stopped in Catania before today and taken the fantastic train trip between Palermo and Catania & thought this would be easy done to get us to our dedtination. The train trip was fabulous (3hours €13 ea) the scenery was beautiful & on up through Enna. Very dry & many crops just finished so the land being tilled...the dark tilled soil fields in total colour contrast to the dry hay fields. Our trip entailed 1 walk, 1 train, 1 bus, 1 plane, 1 bus,1 train, 1 bus, 1 walk...we knew exactly what we were doing....we really did! Home on the 4th floor (with lift) in the business centre part ... read more
Our srteet in Castellammare
Train to Palermo
Teatre Politema Garibaldi

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo May 17th 2017

Geo: 38.1157, 13.3612Late night arrival in Palermo. Unique and quirky accommodation in the old city. Every room decorated differently. Obscure art pieces adorning each room. Old motorbikes, scooters and sculptures feature prominently, as do highly carved doors from India. Allesandro a great host - clearly he has a penchant for collecting unusual artifacts.Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremiti, an interesting mix of Arab Norman architecture, built on top of a mosque. Really beautiful columned Norman cloisters surrounded by a garden of citrus trees, palms, cacti, rosemary bushes and ruined walls.The Capella Palatina, the royal chapel of the Norman kings of Sicily in the Palazzo Reale is jaw dropping. Built around 1140 it is has glittering gold mosaics over all the walls, exquisite marble floors and a wooden carved ceiling. It is so ornate it's actually difficult ... read more
Amphithéâtre At Segesta
At Segesta

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo May 1st 2017

Our last train journey together to Palermo where we said good bye to Colleen and Peter and off they went on the next leg of their journey to Sardinia. Judi, Adrian and I had booked into Xenia BnB not far from the station and it proved to be a gem of a place.. just off the main street down a little alley. It was in a very old building but had been very well restored and modernised and we had a wonderful welcome from Guisy who plied us with juice and cannoli and sat down with the map to explain where we were and what we should see. Not long after we were out on the streets and exploring ...there is so much to see there and one day would not do it justice but we ... read more
Along the streets in Palermo
Palatino Capella
Palatino Capella

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