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... and vegetables for dinner.
With mixed feelings we left Erice and headed toward Palermo for the last two nights of our stay. We stopped at the Palermo "suburb" of Monreale to have lunch and visit the amazing 11th century Norman basilica there. Then after checking in to our B&B we went out to join with the local residents on the Sunday night passagietta, where the main street is closed to vehicles, the chestnut roasters set up ...
We didn't have a set time to start today, and had the morning to explore on our own, so we joined our new friends Sandra and Frank for a walk. We saw the 12th century church, Chiesa di S. Maria, which was originally planned as a mosque, so it contains stunning Byzantine mosaics. Next door there was a much smaller and very simply decorated church, ...
Our first stop was after winding up a large hill to view the 5th century Temple and Theatre. Next was another set of hairpin bends expertly negotiated by our bus driver, while we enjoyed spectacular views down towards the coastline. The picturesque medieval village of Erice was expertly built at the top. We wandered the cobblestone streets and in one of the piazzas a film crew ...
We left Trapani at 10 AM on Friday by bus retracing the route back to Palermo arriving about noon. After checking into the hotel and having lunch we attacked the city by Hop on Hop off bus! Palermo has done a pretty good job of mixing the old with the new. Much of the historical area remains intact while a new modern city has expanded outside. It's pretty chaotic in the narrow old streets, many now of which have been closed to traffic. ...
... With this mixture came a time in the middle Ages (1131), when the 1st parliament in Europe commenced, with the best of architecture & the centre of trade resulted in the 'Citta'di Monreale', a Norman cathedral, being constructed in 1174, took 15 years to build the church, longer to complete all the 50,000 square feet of beautiful mosaics. "Nothing finished can be made by man, only God". The church reflects all the cultures of the day
Arabic - ...