Tag Archives: Palermo

Video Blog: Unicorns

For thousands of years, mankind has been divided between those who believe in the existence of unicorns and those who don’t. Those who are convinced that unicorns are more than mere creatures of legend have been exposed to ridicule and … Continue reading

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In the Jungle

Ok, not quite in the jungle, but at the impressive Botanical Garden of Palermo in Sicily.

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How Santa Claus really travels

Did you also wonder how Santa Claus can ride all around the world with his reindeer-powered sledge? And whether he would really do that in the freezing cold? And how he could transport all these presents with one sledge? Well, … Continue reading

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Big Lemon

When I was in Palermo for New Year’s Eve, I saw this stall with lemons, some of them the size of an American football. They were sold as a snack and I tried one of course. It’s less sour than … Continue reading

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Garibaldi was here

Italy is full of commemorative plaques and statues, many of them about the Risorgimento, the unification of Italy, and the independence wars from 1861 on. There are plaques and statutes to commemorate the landing of troops, successful battles, sustained defeats and … Continue reading

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A Horse needs Fuel too

I bet these two vehicles, which I saw parked about 100 meters apart from each other in Palermo, belong together. (Seen opposite the Cathedral in Palermo, Sicily.)

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Swordfish

(Discovered at the corner of Corso dei Mille and Via Rocco Pirri in Palermo, Sicily.)

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Symmetric Cemetery

“We need to build a new cemetery in Palermo,” ordered King Ferdinand II. “This bloody cholera is killing people faster than we can dig graves.” Chewing tobacco and speaking in his typical mumble, the king pronounced it “cemet’ry”. The architect, … Continue reading

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Video Blog: Civil War in Palermo

I spent New Year’s Eve and the first couple of days of January 2014 in Palermo, the capital city of Sicily. I only made one New Year’s resolution (although I had previously dismissed those kind of resolutions as bunk) and … Continue reading

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