My weird little guidebook "Step by Step in Sicily" is all either walks or car trips throughout Sicily. For Palermo, they have two walking tours and Saturday, I did the major part of the western one which was quite major, really. The two big name sites I saw were the Capella Palatine, the Teatro Massimo - Palermo's opera house, and the Cathedrale. They were all spectacular in their own way and I may make the mile or so walk back to Teatro Massimo and pay to see the inside. So in reverse order, here are the pictures I have, starting with Teatro Massimo. It is beautiful and is the third largest in either Italy or Europe (I can't remember which at this point).
And looking through the Teatro Massino's lovely fence, past a lovely lamppost to a lovely building across the street...reminiscent of Paris.
And these many pictures below are inlaid marble representations of all the signs of the zodiac. There was an Italian sign explaining it but I thought I remembered reading that one of the builders of the cathedral, with rare wisdom, wanted the church to incorporate all the various religions that were found in Palermo/Sicily due to all the invasions and conquerors different religions. However, I got into a nice conversation with a small group of Italians who spoke very good English and they said that the sign explained that going as they do in a diagonal line right across the front of the sanctuary, the sun hit them in such a way that they basically followed the calendar, I guess. Not sure I understand how that would work - maybe just on one particular day of the year or something, like Stonehenge. Anyway, I thought they were interesting and pretty so, yes, I took a picture of each one.
I wandered around a bit but I finally found my way to the market and it was great, as they all seem to be. And this one didn't seem to have so many flies. I always wonder how the residents of the town who buy their fish and such at these markets survive eating it because being the sanitary-trained American I am, I can't imagine buying and eating fish that has had flies crawling around on it. Of course, I suppose the cooking takes care of any problems because that's what the people here do and there are a lot of people here, so apparently death doesn't overtake them at the first bite.
I liked this fountain/statue (although I don't know who he is) and I liked the sky. I do know he was one of the multitudinous conquerors and my guess would be he was one of the Norman ones. I did manage to remember that I read those are prisoner/slaves surrounding him (and sort of looking up his skirt thing if you ask me)
And basically, after an entire day of walking, I died upon arrival at my room. Just had strength later to go out for something to eat and wine, came back and slept like a log! And now I must sleep again because I'm supposed to be at the airport bus stop by 6 tomorrow morning.
I'm not going to proof this - so please forgive any glaring errors,