Excelsior Grand Hotel
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... back to 500 BC, the Christians simply filled in the spaces to create a wall in the early eighteenth century. Therefore, there is a unique baroque facade on this archaic Greek temple. Ateneo writes of this temple's magnificence, referring to the temple’s gold and ivory doors. He even mentions a bronze shield on the pediment. Embedded in the walls of the church today is an inscription: Ecclesia Syracusana prima divi Petri filia prima ...
... and chocolatey Sicilian pastries and washed it down with delicious Nero D'Avola wine.
We're still amazed how easy it is to jaunt from culture to culture. In two short flights and a ten-minute taxi, we pulled back into our casa in Mas Camarena, trying to decide if it felt like home. In a sense, yes -- this little community, with the school down the street, the small local grocery store, and sunshine that could be Californian, ...
Looking over the sea, seats would have hosted crowds to watch comedy's and tragedies on the floor below them. These performances were the genesis to the theatre culture we have today. Greeks performed in a full circle called the orchestra where dancers would act out the play. It wasn't until the Romans when stages began to be formed like we have today in our theatre culture. The arts ...
Today we travelled from Taormina (left about 10.30am) to Palermo with Carmelo who was a great driver. He brought us safely to excelsior palace after about 3 hours. We had a bit of a walk around Palermo before heading out for dinner. It is sometimes an interesting experience with the ...
Today we had a fairly leisurely morning before heading out for lunch to a nice ristorante "Grandula" with a nice view. We then caught a taxi and checked out the harbour down the hill which we have been viewing all week. We also viewed the first Greek colony of Sicily founded in 734BC by ...