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Jun 3, 2018 - continuing on.....

Wednesday 23 May Left mid morning and headed for Trapani where we hope to get some good provisioning in and access to chandlers and most importantly have the outboard looked at. Took up a morning near the boat services and the proceeded to investigate what is available. There was a Mercury service centre which we got directed to. We had problems finding it at first but then a kind mechanic drove us to the place, which we would never have found on our own. Gen described the problem (and in the process learned a few more technical terms in...

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our 2018 adventure

May 12, 2018 - Palermo

Saturday 12th May: Back to Palermo. Today we had the long trip back to Palermo so another early start. However, as we drove inland we detoured south past Piazza Armerina to visit the famous Roman Villa del Casale, another UNESCO site. This very large villa was completely covered by a landslide and lay hidden for 700 years before being rediscovered in 19th century. The mosaics are extraordinarily vivid and deal with many subjects from mythological scenes to portrayals of daily life. Near Piazza Armerina, we stopped for lunch at a lovely...

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May 7, 2018 - Palermo

Sunday 6th May: The hotel ran a shuttle to the airport every half hour so again it was a short ride back for our flight to Palermo at 10am. There we had to wait a short while for the airport bus into town and we bought our return ticket for next Sunday. The stop nearest our hotel, the Mecure, was Piazza Politeama, a very large and attractive square with a big theatre at one end. We trundled our way the few blocks to the hotel (thank goodness for traveling light!) and found our room. As we were not meeting our tour group until 6.30pm, we...

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Mar 13, 2018 - Palermo:Sicily

Our overnight ferry ride was perfect and the relatively easy boarding process was quite humorous. For something a little different all cars for this one had to reverse up the ramp and into position. For some that didn't go well. The expected double-bunk cabin turned into a spacious suite with all the facilities. We were ecstatic. To celebrate, we opted for the full bit and dined out with fillet steaks and mushrooms plus the necessary red vino. It was like we were on a real five star cruise liner. :-) :-) Once berthed at Palermo we set out...

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the islands

Nov 2, 2017 - Arrival in Palermo, Sicily

(written by Lois) We were all up at 3:15 to meet our driver 1/2 hour later, and then were dropped off at the Naples airport. Security was kind of slow, but at least we still had plenty of time to hang out by the gate area for our 6:40 plane. They even had couches in the waiting area, so we managed to nap a bit, since the plane was only about 1/3 full. The 30 minute flight took off just at dawn, and I managed to get in a small nap as we flew over the water of the Tyrrhenian Sea. All four of us were running a bit low on Euros, but the...

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May 8, 2017 - Palermo - La Famiglia

Palermo - La Famiglia Victor was a little apprehensive about meeting up with all of his family in Palermo. Two sides of his family live in the area and it has always presented a challenge to visit with them all without offending anyone. Fortunately this time, Joanne booked an apartment that had plenty of room to host a number of relatives at one time. We set aside Saturday for Victor's mother's family and Sunday for other side of the family. Messages went out to the respective sides of the family with instructions on how to find us. We...

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May 5, 2017 - Palermo - Part 1

Palermo Part One - Before La Famiglia Our tour with Trafalgar ended in Palermo where we had an opportunity to see some sights before meeting with Victor's extended family. In Palermo, Victor has over 60 relatives from both his father's and his mother's sides of the family. Needless to say, it's going to be a challenging juggling act to see everyone and not offend anyone (something we always manage to do regardless of how hard we try not to!!). So, it was lovely to have a bit of time to explore the city. Most importantly, we took the...

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Apr 29, 2017 - Turkish bathing in Palermo

I am BLISSED out! Have spent three hours this afternoon in a hammam or Turkish bath. Fortunately for you all, there are no photos, so my words will have to paint the picture. Wearing my swimsuit (this was a mixed bathing experience), I was guided through a series of steps. First, lying on a hot marble slab, an attendant threw hot water over my front and my back (the latter prompted much giggling from me as it was quite ticklish). Then into a 45 degrees sauna for no more than 2 minutes several times, a salt scrub down by another attendant, a...

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Sep 19, 2016 - Sicily - Palermo

SICILY. 17-28 September 2016 Early flight with Lufthansa from Munich to Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Palermo delivers a heady, heavily spiced mix of Byzantine mosaics, Arabesque domes and frescoed cupolas. It's noted for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy, playing an important role throughout much of its existence; it is over 2,700 years old. Palermo is located in the northwest of the island of Sicily, right by the Gulf of Palermo in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The city was founded in 734 BC by the Phoenicians and since then has...

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Pam's Europe 2016

Sep 8, 2015 - Refugees, traveling in the wrong direction

September 8, 2015 Oh yes, we've arrived in Palermo, same mess to disembark the ferry, but now in the opposite direction. After we left the port area, the navigation guided us somewhere in the slums of Palermo, with strange looking, dark Italian (I would say north African) people, wondering what a German car is doing in their neighborhood. Definitely not the kind of neighborhood I would book a night to stay. Than I found out, since I couldn't find the exact address before we left on holidays, I just pinpointed a position somewhere in...

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Jun 10, 2015 - Palermo

You can tell we are touristed out. We slept late and had a late breakfast and headed to town. We thought we were going to the Cathedral but ended up at the Norman Palace where there is a beautiful church inside. As I said, parking is incomprehensible here: people are parked where it says no parking and there are places where people say not to park that have no signs. So we parked where there was no sign and someone told us we couldn't park there so we followed him to a parking place. Of course, he was a "tour guide" and wanted us to pay him...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Palermo

After breakfast we heade to the archeological museum in Agrigento, an extensive museum with artifacts from all the different ages in ancient history collected from the temples and elsewhere. Many vases and urns, sarcophagi, sculptures and examples of how the temples were brightly painted. They had a display of the Temple of Zeus, the largest of the temples. The figure I took a picture of yesterday, which I called a Karotyd, was a copy of one in the museum, and is actually called a telemone. They were 7.6 meters high and their purpose was to...

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