Wednesday, March 09, 2016

John is down

Our original plan for Sunday was to go to Monte Pellegrino. A good activity for Sunday when many things shut down in Palermo. I was concerned about the weather, as we might be heading into yet another cloud, which soon became irrelevant after breakfast -- John felt awful and had a fever. We ended up spending the whole day in our room, John resting, me reworking our travel plans.

We decided to cut our Palermo program short, but not without a requisite visit to the spectacular Monreale. The locals have a saying -- to come to Palermo without going to Monreale is like coming as a donkey leaving as an arse, not something we want be guilty of, even when one is as sick as a dog.

The town of Monreale sits above Palermo to the west; 30 minutes by local bus. This is the view back to Palermo.
Monreale - Palermo, Sicily, Italy

The interior of Monreale Cathedral is covered with 12th-century mosaics.
Monreale - Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Monreale - Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Monreale - Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Monreale - Palermo, Sicily, Italy

The mosaic repairman stepped aside for a moment.

Monreale - Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Adjacent is the cloister with finely carved capitals and columns. This is a view from the cloister to the side of the cathedral.
Monreale - Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Monreale - Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Monreale - Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Monreale - Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Here's John feeling very lousy, taking photos of the cloister's corner fountain.
Monreale - Palermo, Sicily, Italy

And on the walk back to our hotel we passed Fontana Pretoria for the final time.
Palermo, Sicily, Italy

2 comments:

jaydro said...

Hope you're feeling better, John!

john said...

I'm feeling much better - almost back to normal. Thanks for all your "get well" comments and emails. -john