Sunday, June 15, 2014

Rome in one night

For Memorial Day I planned a trip to Florence, but flying into Florence from Catania is hella expensive, so I opted to fly into Rome and take the train up from there instead. I landed in the evening and after a only okay dinner (terrible recommendation from the front desk guy at the hotel) I decided to go out adventuring. Armed with only a hotel map which showed all the sights as cartoons and a phone with less than 20% battery I set out. 

I think this was at the Capitol Building. 

First real stop was the Trevi Fountain. I've seen so many pictures and none do it justice, so amazingly large and beautifully sculpted. 

This was a museum I saw on my way to the Spanish Steps. 

Spanish Steps, not gonna lie, I wasn't impressed. Maybe it was because it was nighttime and I couldn't really see the tiles, maybe it was because they were covered with drunk teens. Who's to say. 

Pantheon, again you really have no idea of the tremendous scale of these sites until you see them up close. I think the tiny people in the photo help. 

Best coffee I've ever had, right around the corner from the Pantheon. 

By far the most beautiful place I saw was the Vittoriano Museum. I cannot wait to return and actually go inside. The outside was so beautiful I can only imagine how great the inside is. 

Colosseum, just as great as I thought it would be. Again, probably better looking during the day time, but I was not disappointed. 

Another angle from my walk home. 

I really cannot wait to return and see Rome for real. There are so many remnants from the glorious city it once was and now it is a bustling eccentric place that I want to know better. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014


So I've been hella busy with work and school but here are pictures from Palermo. It's the other big city on the island. Still super busy so really short descriptions. 

First thing we saw (and main reason for the visit) was the Catacombs, there were hundreds of old dead people, including one amazingly well preserved child. Totally creepy but also pretty amazing. 

I'm not about to put up pictures of skeletons (and we weren't allowed to take pictures) but I did get this one of one of the panels on the floor. I just thought it was cool.

Part of the "Old Gate" by the castle. 

The castle is now the seat of the government in Sicily and I think part of the military as well. 

Golden roof on the Castle. 

Old crest on the Castle. 

Cool sculptures in one of the gardens that were damaged in WWII I believe. 

Mosaic above the chapel entrance in the Castle. 

Norman Castle, palm tree and mountains. Sicily is very special. 

Float from some parade. 

Palermo Cathedral. 


Inside, this is one of the wings, they may have been holding mass when we walked in. 

Artwork inside the church. 

Just outside the entrance. 

Where we are lunch, the Beati Paoli were kind of like Robin Hood in medieval Sicily. 

Crazy old tree that sort of reminds me of the ancient fig tree in Balboa Park.