November 17th–December 2nd, 2016

  • Checking into the Ambasciatori Hotel.
  • Palermo from the rooftop of our hotel.
  • One of the “Four Corners” intersection. Each corner is dedicated to a different king of Sicily.
  • Off on a field trip!
  • Our first lunch in Sicily. Seafood is everywhere. This open air restaurant has been around since 1934.
  • The bounty of the Mediterranean.
  • The bounty of Sicily.
  • Mural celebrating the open air markets.
  • The old Palermo seaport in 1864.
  • The seaport today.
  • Local students show their hospitality.
  • Nucatola flower shop. We don’t know his exact relation to us. He told us he got a letter from America many years ago. It was from Barbara.
  • Gelato heaven.
    • Giuseppe & Maria Nucatola took us out for dinner and we walked around afterwards.
    • Teatro di Palermo
    • Legs doorpull
    • Ambasciatori breakfast area on the roof with a 360° view of the city.
    • Entrance to Oratoria San Lorenzo.
    • The Adoration by Caravaggio in the Oratorio. (Wikipedia photo)
    • Museo Archeologico
    • Metope (friezes at top border of Greek temples).
    • Docent explains the Metopes.
    • Man’s superiority is always shown by his foot being atop a woman’s in Greek art.
      • Grecian urns
      • Amazon women
      • Oratoria Santa Caterina d’Alexessandria. We were allowed to photograph here.
      • To the science of Physics. Oratorios were used for secular meetings as well as religious.
        • Monte Pellegrino home to the sanctuary of Saint Rosalia.
        • Francesco and Anna Nucatola took us on a sightseeing tour to Mondello, a resort town for Sicilians. Francesco, Anna e Barbara.
        • Fishing off a Mondello wharf.
        • Just your normal billboard along the road.
        • Francesco and Anna take us to their favorite lunch place. Sicilian specialties galore.
          • Driving back from Mondello.
          • Similar to “Il Borgo” where Barbara’s ancestors lived.
          • Posters on the way to Orto Botanico.
          • Nick visited Orto Botanico—the botanical garden.
            • Sicilian Boy Scouts
                • Us with Giuseppe & Maria.
                • Dinner
                • Cassata, a traditional Sicilian dessert.
                • Piazza Pretoria, also known as “Square of Shame” for the nude statues.