After One Month in Palermo
Palermo is the kind of loud, in-your-face city about which it doesn’t take long to form strong first impressions. The beauty, noise, trash, history and lively street life don’t hide themselves, and I suspect that our initial feelings about the city will not change a lot over the course of the next couple months.
Mike: I will never be able to shake the nightmarish visages of the corpses in the Capuchin Catacombs from my memory.
Mike: I’ve been treating myself to far too many cannoli. So good.
Mike: I was stunned to learn how active the Mafia is here. For some reason, I thought they were a part of the past, but nope. Not at all.
Mike: I had been really excited about moving to the Vucciria after reading about its colorful and crazy market. Sadly, the market has almost completely disappeared, due to recent reconstruction efforts in the neighborhood — I’ve seen so many disappointed tourists wandering through; guidebooks make it sound incredible. Maybe it was.
Mike: The kids who live below us are a constant source of humor — whether they’re dancing on the balcony to club music in their underwear, or engaging us in a long conversation about their new puppy (oblivious to the fact that we don’t understand a word).
Mike: 7. You can eat cheap if you stick to street food, but Palermo’s still one of the pricier destinations we’ve visited. Museums and touristy sights seem to be especially costly.
Mike: … always driving Vespas like maniacs. And shouting about something.
Mike: Messy, Historic, Fattening
Agree? Disagree? Let us know what your impressions of the city are in the comments! It’ll be interesting to see if we keep these opinions over the next couple months. And to see if Sicily manages to change us at all… already, I’ve noticed that Juergen and I are beginning to shout at each other, in place of talking.
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ANTOOOONIOOOO! :DAs a local, I totally agree…
Well, finally someone that spell just right the name ARANCINE (female)…do you know may italians call them ARANCINI (male) just because in Catania they call them so?Thanks a lot to visit our city…Have funG