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Simply put,

I love carrying around a camera, and trying to get people to look into the lens.

Monthly Archives: September 2014

Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Palermo, Sicily’s largest city, is draped in over 3000 years of history.  While exploring the city one catches a menagerie of scents, tastes and visions of the past: Ancient Greece, The Roman Empire, Arabs, Normans, the Early Christian Church, crusaders, two World Wars, mafia violence and of course Italy and it’s people.  The influence of each piece of history has been left behind in the names of streets, ruins of all kinds, surviving architecture, races of people and some of the best food on the planet.

At the center of Palermo lies Quattro Canti (Four Corners) where the four main streets of the city intersect.  Locally, it is known as Theater of the Sun, as each building takes its turn being illuminated by the sun each day.

We stayed at Hotel Regina to start our trip.  It was a trip down memory lane for me, because I had also stayed there about 12 years earlier on my first visit to Palermo!  It was just as I had remembered it.  At the end of our trip, we stayed in an apartment we rented on AirBnB.  It was also great, and you can rent it here.

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_DSC0822 “There are riches enough for all of us, no matter our abilities or circumstances. It is only the inspiration that requires summoning.”
― Robert D. Kaplan, Mediterranean Winter: The Pleasures of History and Landscape in Tunisia, Sicily, Dalmatia, and the Peloponnese

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