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... to the rocking of the ship the day before she had a mid day rehearsal. So we went into Catania which we had already ventured through when I was cruising with my parents. Rosie and I just shopped a bit, go wifi and ate arranchini's (those amazing rice balls that need to come to North America, they are unreal)
I ended up staying in port for awhile after Rochelle went back to the ...
... lunch). Chiesa di Santa Lucia al Sepolcro has the first Caravaggio painting I've seen outside of a museum, and it's beautiful. Unfortunately, no photos allowed. We visit the Duomo which is built on top of the ancient Temple of Minerva. Finally we see Apollo's Temple, built in 600 BC, which seems oddly out of place in the city center.
I'll miss my Italian family! Hope to see you again soon.
... to the UK. It was wonderful to meet Eunice's sister, Kristina, and her family. I especially enjoyed the Monopoly game with Giulia and Deborah.
I beat Nuccio in Scopa*- a great italian card game much like casino but with prettier cards- (he may have let me win), learned to make biscotti, and toured the historic part of Giarratana, including the remains of an old castle and "downtown" Ibla, which was worth an evening in the rain to see its beautiful domed ...
... We eventually agree to it and sign all the necessary paperwork but I balk at signing the damage sheet without first seeing the vehicle and am glad that I hesitated. It, like most Sicilian cars has dings in every panel (not joking) and when you see the way they drive, it's really not surprising. He isn't happy when Paul makes a mark on his bit of paper and screws it up and storms off inside. I think he won't hire to us now, which in hindsight, might have been a good thing. Anyway, ...
... commented that it seems there's a perpetual party in Italy), to feel the human pace of life, to really feel the past as part of your history, to partake of food and wine and festivals and celebrations that are indigenous to your area. My father, probably for the last time, was able to spend time with his his sister, brother-in-law, and a myriad of nephews and nieces and some of their children. For them he is a link back to their past, a custodian ...
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