November 17th–December 2nd, 2016

    • Cathedral of Palermo
    • Interior redesigned in the 18th century with neoclassical style.
      • Tomb of priest assassinated by the Mafia in the 1960’s.
        • Cappella Palatina chapel, a long walk from our hotel.
        • Mosaic in the Cappella Palatina chapel
        • Initial get together of our tour group
        • We meet our guide for our evening walk.
          • A highlight of the tour.
          • The contessa Federico herself, showed us around.
              • Richard Wagner once played this piano. The contessa was an Olympic swimmer as well as an accomplished soprano.
                • She regaled us with song and stories of the family & palazzo.
                • Family cats.
                  • Count Federico, a race car driver in his youth.
                  • Racing his car.
                  • The car today.
                  • Dinner after the visit to the Palazzo.
                  • Street signs in the Jewish neighborhood are in three languages, to celebrate their heritage.
                  • Tour guide, Jackie
                  • Pots pans and sheet metal are made and sold in the Jewish neighborhood.
                  • Church of the Gesù, decorated in high Sicilian baroque manner.
                  • This was the ultimate in Sicilian Baroque.
                      • About to tour a market.
                      • Swordfish from the Mediterranean.
                      • Small fish galore including sardines and fresh anchovies.
                          • Prickly pear cactus fruit is a favorite Sicilian dessert.
                          • Cathedral of Monreale
                          • Modern statue
                          • The are more mosaics at Monreale than at St. Marks in Venice.
                          • The walls are covered with biblical stories, both Old and New Testament. This is Noah’s Ark after the storm.
                          • Beautiful coffered ceiling.
                          • Mosaic over the main altar.
                          • Tomb of a king of Sicily made of a rare giant piece of red marble.
                            • St. George and the Dragon, a popular theme.
                            • The famous cloisters with inlaid marble columns and biblical stories carved into the capitals.
                            • Samson & Delila on one of the monastery capitals.
                            • Monreale bell tower and cloister.
                            • Monreale looks down on Palermo for a spectacular view.