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... of time it must have taken for the amount of mosaics to be completed. After we had wandered around we walked the tunnels of the cathedral which were very narrow paths and staircases leading to what is now a look out spot over Palermo. An amazing view. We then left the cathedral and walked around the small town which is very quaint and authentic Italian. I suppose this would change in the summer when the tourists ...
Palermo is a very old city, the Muslims conquered it in 831, taking it away from the Byzantine Empire. The name of the town was Panormus from the Greek "all port", and under the Arabs it grew, especially with the introduction of irrigation and new crops, including citruses, rice, sugar cane, pistachios and cotton.
Unfortunately no Muslim era buildings remain due to their destruction during the Norman ...
... what a clot I was in not investigating where it was, relative to the larger town of Palermo. IE: Some 35 Kilometres away.
What this photo of Partinico doesn't show you, is how hectic the peak hour traffic at midday can be and the fact that this road is likely to have parked (abandoned) cars on either side of the road, and yet still have traffic coming or going from either direction. Sheer madness.
Sorry for the language – His word’s not mine! Now all of this wouldn't be the end of the world, if he:
- Knew the local language;
- Had been astute enough as to write down the addresses of the bike shop(s) in Palermo from which he needed to pick up some vital supplies rather than just having their webpage saved in his “favourite’s file”; and
How has this hostel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service