Continued Tale of Two Ancient Cities

Segesta, as previously discussed in the blog of conflict with Selinunte, was also a site with a history dating back to last millennium BC. Legend, and assumed factual by some historians, is that the founders were surviving Trojans who fled after their historic defeat. The city is referred to in this context by a number…

Ancient Cities and Conflict’

Selinunte has been an significant area/city occupied since at least 600 BC and was known to be important to early Greeks as the most western site in Sicily. But it’s position also made it a point of contact with other ancient Greek powers such as Athens as well the Phoenicians and Carthaginians. Also it was…

Hiking History

Although we seem to walk 8-10 KM a day, it never seems enough to offset the Italian food that you can sample in other posts. So it was with some excitement that we set our sites on Cefalu, an hour train ride outside of Palermo. The town is home to one of those areas that…

Palermo Quick Tour

Walking in the old town near our hotel, you come across evidence of previous wealth and prosperity. ¬†An example is the four corners – Quattro Campi – two shown here. Built to the wealth of the Campi or districts, ¬†each corner represents one of the four seasons topped with the usual statues of princes and…

A celebration in Italy

One of our guides, Angelo, was wise beyond his perceived age. ¬†Along with amusing and informative discourse, which was continuous, he shared his views on the hard history lessons and current problems faced by Siciliano people. ¬†Intermixed were some anecdotes that perfectly captured different ideas. ¬†One that rings true for us… ‚ÄúSicily has many problems,…

The Center of the Mediterranean – Sicily

In¬†researching our adventure to Scicily, ¬†you learn so much about the history of this little piece of earth that has been inhabited for thousands of years. ¬†Even more interesting is how it‚Äôs position made it unique in being conquered, colonized or just used as a convenient interim port by so many cultures – from pirates…

London by Food 3

No matter what the status of the eateries, the real measure of a city’s food is their markets. What is fresh. What is unique. How active – is there a buzz from both the vendors and the people streaming through. In London, we found one lauding proclaiming its right to be heard , seen, smelt…

Images of UK history

    When we step away from the museums, then we walk within the true history of England from kings and queens to religious transformations.     To bards renown…

Prehistoric to Roman

  The UK has a grand enough history that stealing from other cultures might seem excessive, as their early history predates theRoman era as seen here in early times… Alas when in Rome, or Egypt or Greece….then perhaps a little pilfering might be in order. ¬†And who knows, ¬†perhaps the relics might have been better…

London by Food 2

London is no longer the world of mushy peas and strange concoctions such as ‚Äútoad in the hole‚ÄĚ . ¬†Although these and fish and chips can still be ‚Äúenjoyed‚ÄĚ,there is almost no food not available for the discerning palet. ¬†We had a chance to enjoy many, but this was one of our favorites….Barrafina…Spanish Tampa style,…

The London Underworld

No good deed goes unpunished. In Neil Gaiman’s “Neverworld”, the protagonist falls through the cracks of the everyday world to The London subway unknown to most where he encounters an alternate shadow universe peopled by magic, monsters and good and evil characters. his fault and descent is pushed upon him by one good deed in…