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Saturday 23rd August
Hello from Palermo, Sicily
Made famous by the Godfather movies and as we walked off the ship we were confronted by a smooth talking taxi driver who said "sir I can do you a good deal", how could I say no, I might be sleeping with the fishes if I did.
We actually did get a pretty good deal, for €90 the driver who could speak a bit of English drove us to the major attractions around town. First ...
... scheduled for later in August.
Next we walked down the hillside to try to find the botanical gardens. It seems the Italians aren’t any better at signage than Spaniards but we found it by trailing a guided tour. This serene public garden had lots of welcome shade. It was built in the 19th century with subtropical plants with an English garden layout. There was another stunning view of the sea below.
We made it back up to the main market ...
On Saturday we made a 2 hour trip to visit Sicilia Outlet Village - not very cultural! Most of the clothes were still over-priced but we had a fun day mooching around and getting into the Sicilian way of life.
On Sunday, we rested and cooked and rested...... Paolo made Melanzane Parmeggiana and I made onion marmalade with the Tropea onions we received from Valle Verde. Buonissimo!
Etna Mare doesn't ...
... in the 12thC totally covering the villa and its out buildings ensured that the Villa was preserved virtually intact till excavations began in the early 1900's.
While the magnificence of the estate is obvious, it is the mosiacs that are responsible for its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was estimated that there are over 4200 sq yards of mosiacs. It is as large as it sounds! Each and every room had mosiacs on the ...
I am now in Sicily. We arrived here on the 31/5/14. We took a train from Naples to Sicily, 8 long tedious hours sitting on a train and if it weren't for a kind lady that asked for some water. We expected there would be a food bar on the train but there wasn’t so the lady rang her husband who brought us pizza. The train going on the ferry to Sicily was also exciting. The water was so clear but the weather was proving to be stormy whilst we were in Sicily so we ...