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Taormina is Sicily's best known resort. Hill village charm with vistas of two bays. Our arrival in February was off season so no crowds of tourists. Driving was still a challenge with typical narrow streets and an over abundance of cars. the winding mountain roads added another challenge both for driver and passengers. Our apartment gave us an opportunity to experience Italian cuisine Koran style. Great cooks and wine made for enjoyable meals. Breakfast on ...
... walking on a glass pathway that is up off the actual ground (in order to preserve it). On nearly every inch of the walls are semi-preseved bodies. Some are hanging up like a picture frame, some lying down on an elevated sort-of bed. There was a section of monks, wives, and so on. It's pretty easy to desensitize something like that if you just think of it like a movie. Nothing smelled dead and it didn't look like anything would jump out at you so I was ...
... gross. Plus traveling in another country, not having a phone or navigation to help, gets a bit overwhelming. The only thing I wanted to do was call my mom and shower. Which is exactly what I did.
After regrouping, I walked down the street Via Porta di Castro (the street my B&B is on) and eventually ran into a market. Now when I say market I don't mean a cute little farmers market we find in the states. No, this ran for blocks and blocks. You can ...
... hungry. The week in Hungary taught me many lessons, firstly, I learnt how to make eggnog so alcoholic it was borderline flammable ( = great success!). Secondly, that European Christmas markets are places of festive wonder and pure calorific deliciousness. Finally, I learnt that wading around in steaming hot pools, overflowing with large Hungarians is both fun and cosy.
After returning to Italy, I headed to Milan to meet up with ...
... on either side of the road at once. I don't know if x-mas is the excuse for it but it certainly livens up the car horns. I also noticed that pedestrian crossings are green at the same time as for cars, that gets interesting too at times. On Piazza Castelnuove is the Politeama a theatre that was inaugurated in 1874 unfinished and without a roof.
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