Monthly Archives: June 2012

Segesta, Erice, Marsala

Today we explore the western side of the island of Sicily, climbing the mountainside at Segesta to see a wonderful Doric temple left from Greek colonization about 2500 years ago. (I later learn that an indigenous people, the Elymians, are … Continue reading

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Markets and Cathedrals

After breakfast we walk out of our hotel and into the embrace of mountains, sea, and sky. On the edge of Palermo, we¬†travel up the side of Monreale¬†and a lovely valley spreads out below. The twelfth-century cathedral is stunning, full … Continue reading

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Un Dolce Benvenuto a Sicilia

I wrote this journal entry on my first visit to Sicily, March 2007, attempting to capture the arrival experience in this first entry. As we approach our landing at Palermo airport, we look out our window and suddenly a sharp, … Continue reading

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The Lemon Legend

In 1924, my grandmother was extremely reluctant to leave her home and family in Sicily and cross the ocean with her three children. My grandfather, who was living and working in the United States, was insistent and sent her tickets … Continue reading

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