Italy 1st week
05.03.2007 24 °C
Well I arrived safe and sound in Palermo last night, if not a little drunk, met two girls from manchester on the plane, and we all decided that due to the flight being bumpy we could settle our nerves with a few vodka and cokes. Arrived at my hotel in the dark so this morning woke up to the most amazing views of palermo. I can see across to the mountains and over to the harbour. Took pictures which i will post as soon as i can. Found this place for free internet for an hour. Not bad for someone that can speak no italian, im sitting in a beautiful old biulding, with marble staircases and painted ceilings. Im now off to explore the old town. Its warm, its sunny, and im feeling good.
Well its been a week since i posted, Spent a happy day walking around palermo, many of the places i wanted to see were shut infortunatly. But i was happy to look at things from the outside, found a german tour group and followed them for awhile so that i could get my bearings and didnt have to keep getting out my map. Walked till my legs felt like they were gona fall off and returned to my hotel late after enjoying a pizza, and slepted really well. The hotel room was no bigger then a store cupboard but the views were increadible.
Left the next day for Catina, which i didnt really like so moved on to Taormina, which was outstanding, its the rich and glitz resort for Sicily. Met some sweet old lady who offered me a room for the night, which i accepted, and she went and got oranges of her tree in her back garden for me to eat. Spent the evening walking around the town and enjoying the views of mount etna. Spent time in a local cafe and met Stuart and Debs from England and we had an interesting chat, she worked for a subsiduary of EMI so you can guess how long it took me to steer the conversation onto Mr R Williams. Haha. The room i rented was very damp so i went looking for a different room, met a italian called christomas,? who i think ended up trying to sell me his house so i moved on to enough hotel. The next day I spent the entire day hoping not to run into him and the sweet old lady. The biuldings, squares and friendliness of sicily and the sicilians has made me feel incredibly welcome and there has always been someone to help me when my Italian failed me.