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(S) After my extremely cold shower, I was pretty ready to get out of Tropea. We found Villa San Giovanni and the ferry ticket office and drove our car onto the ferry with very little problem. Success! Sometimes traveling is easy. Hello, Sicily! The crossing at the Straits of Messina was absolutely stunning. It really felt like we were going into a …
... anyway, Palermo is quite a big town, and very touristy, not really a place I wanted to spend loads of time in overall.
On my first night I found a local pizzeria and got the guy to make up pizza for me with the ingredients he thought would be best... It was tasty tasty. Similarly the next day at lunch i went to a stall for street food and asked what was good, one of the other customers recommended I had a bread roll filled with panella, ...
... the town. We were taken to see an old (medieval?) laundry that is feed by a natural spring.
This was a pretty town but very touristy - foreigners and Italians alike. I would not want to be here in the height of their summer. We spent 3 hours in Cefalu just wandering around on our own.
Free afternoon. As I didn't want to venture into any part of Palermo (other than the hotel), I spent the afternoon catching up ...
... of hours in Palermo's city centre. Visited the Royal Palace with it incredible mosaics in the Palatine Chapel. I think these were even better than those of Monreale Duomo.
What can I say about Palermo? It's a city; the 5th largest in Italy - and that's the most pleasant thing I can say about Palermo. It is an ugly, dirty, unloved city. I would never come here again and would advise others to avoid it at all costs. It's a shame you need to be ...
... the situation.,... But there comes a point after you have been told you cant use loo roll, soap, running water or find any electrical points to keep the phone with power, eating only home made (overly crunchy) bread with lemon and oil for every meal, and getting drawn into very serious conversations where they seem to be siding with nazism ideals, where you realise enough is enough!!
So telling them I needed to leave earlier than planned, ...
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