Ooo Palermo

28 Jan

So spur of the moment my friends and I decided our first trip abroad would be Sicily. I went with my friends Chelsea, Kendal and Paige who I knew from home, and three girls I met in Italy Catherine, Chrissy, and Kathleen. We had been wanted to see the south of Italy and in our Italian Mafia class we have heard a lot about Sicily so we figured hey why not? We took the train to Pisa and then took Ryan Air into the city Palermo. The train was really easy and it was cool seeing all the surroundings on the ride. The airplane situation in Italy is a little different than in the US, they had dubbed over Baywatch at the terminal, perfume and watch sales and lottery tickets on the flight and cheeseburgers and hotdogs as your on board snack. When you get to your gate and the boarding announcement comes on it is a free for all to get a seat you want on the plane. People literally ran onto the plane, even the Italian on crutches. I have never seen Italians move faster than when they are in a plane or car. When we got into the airport we learned right away the whole planning an itinerary is more important than you might expect. We bargained to get a taxi to our hotel and walked into a very nice and modern hotel only to find that we did not have reservations there..but the sketchy hotel upstairs, Hotel Regina (yes Jacqui, Hotel Regina haha). It ended up being totally fine but it was a little sketchier than we expected. Chelsea, Kendal and I shared a bed and a common bathroom with the rest of the hotel guests. We explored Palermo and even found a school supply store (you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find a notebook and pens in Italy)! We ate a local pizza place and had amazing pesto pizza and prosciutto and mushroom pizza. We decided that we wanted to check out a new city the next day, so we headed to the beach city Taormina. It was a two-hour bus ride to Catina (if I went back I would for sure fly into there instead) and then an hour bus ride into the city but sooo beautiful. It was not very busy and a lot of the restaurants were closed because it is their off season but I bet it is a busy vacation spot for Italians in the summer. We ate lunch and I attempted to try their famous fish, but I will definitely be sticking to the pasta and salads in the future. We then took a Gondola ride to see the coast and walked along the beach! We went back to Palermo that night and headed back to Florence the next day. Overall the trip was really fun, hanging out with the girls and checking out the coast, but I am glad to be back in Florence : )


One Response to “Ooo Palermo”

  1. Barbara January 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    Hotel “Regina’ should of been a clue! Living on the edge, fun to be a little scared!
    Happy to hear you made it back to florence!
    Luv following your blog and look forward to seeing you April 10th-17th.

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