If you're interested, here's a selection of my Paris photos:
Glorious medieval churches with glittering, gilded mosaic interiors, warm sun and cloudless blue skies, and a leisurely seafood lunch right at the edge of the sea...it was another perfect day in Sicily!
Our outing today took us out of crowded-but-fascinating Palermo, and along the coast, where rugged mountains march right to the sea, their lower slopes crowded with holiday villas and hotels, interspersed with date palms, and groves of citrus and olive trees.
There are flowers everywhere--deep violet-blue morning glories climbing over fences and ruined walls, hibiscus, and a number of trees with large pink blossoms I can't identify.( Most of us wanted a nap after that huge meal, but we had one more thing to seeCollapse )
Today was a fascinating (and jam-packed) tour of Palermo's Arabo-Norman architecture, dating from the 1100s, which combines Byzantine Greek, North African Islamic and Norman French styles. In the process, we managed to see much of the Old Town part of the city, as well as take a brief detour to Palermo's ancient Phoenician past.( From there, our weary and footsore party trudged the few blocks back to the hotel, passing by the "Fountain of Shame," a huge 16th-century Renaissance extravaganza decorated with lots of nude marble sculptures imported from Florence.Collapse )
Touching down in Palermo after a long 18-hr flight was like walking through a door into summer, with soft blue skies, fluffy clouds, and warm sunshine.
The small airport is right on the beach, and the 20 minute drive from the airport to the heart of the city was amazingly scenic, with rugged peaks plunging into clear blue-green Mediterranean waters, and flat-roofed, white-plastered houses surrounded by palm trees and masses of brilliantly-blooming bougainvillea.