Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Norman Conquest, Sicilian-Style

The Norman Conquest, Sicilian-Style

Sicily is one giant history lesson. As in so much of Italy, each layer of civilization was built over some earlier layer. In Sicily, those layers include Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman, and Spanish cultures. Palermo was the island’s capital city for those last three cultures, but the Normans were the ones who left the… Read More

Palermo Life

Palermo Life

You never know what you’ll find wandering around Sicily’s capital city, Palermo. It could be a busy street market, an artsy new boutique, a sidewalk cafe, a dusty park, or an old church. (Churches of every era are tucked around corners all over the city.) It could be wonderful little architectural details high on the… Read More

Drippy Goodness in Palermo

Drippy Goodness in Palermo

When visiting a region, Melissa and I rarely travel in a straight line. The slow road usually ends up being a very zig-zag path. That was the case in Sicily. After spending time in Siracusa in the southeast of the island, we visited a couple of hill towns nearby that are famous for their Baroque-style… Read More

Siracusa in Pictures

Siracusa in Pictures

The first stop on the Chris, Melissa, AJ, and baby Francesca trip to Sicily was the city of Siracusa on the island’s southeastern coast. We stayed in the oldest part of the city, the small peninsula of Ortigia, which juts into the sea on high walls. It’s a place of narrow alleys and wide piazzas,… Read More

Things I Learned in Siracusa, Sicily

Things I Learned in Siracusa, Sicily

Our first stop on the island of Sicily was the seaside city of Siracusa, which first rose to fame as an ancient Greek colony (known as Syracuse). We rented an apartment in the oldest part of the city, a small peninsula called Ortigia. Wandering its streets and exploring its churches, museums, shops, and eateries taught… Read More