by Anne Spiselman The more time I spend in Palermo, the less I understand it. Of course, I’ve only had about three-and-a-half days in Sicily’s largest city so far, and a day of that was with the duchess in April (see previous post). The rest, on our 2013 visit, was divided between two trips from(…)
By Anne Spiselman “Respect” and “family” are basic concepts you need to understand to get on in Sicily, the duchess tells us at the start of the day. We’re on our way to Caffe Mirage, right outside Palermo’s Capo Market, and she’s explaining why she always goes to the same vendors—family in the wider sense.(…)
By ANNE SPISELMAN Sunday, April 7. Sundays seem to be synonymous with sloth, so I guess it’s no surprise that we didn’t get out of the house until 11:30 a.m. But the delay gave me time to catch up on my note-taking, while our host Marco led Fred on a tour of the villa, which(…)
April 6. There’s nothing like an outdoor market to motivate me to hit the road relatively early, so it’s not too surprising that we set off for Syracuse (Siracusa in Italian) on the southeastern coast of Sicily by 9 a.m. When we arrive at around 10:45 a.m., we head straight for the island of Ortygia (or Ortigia), the oldest section of the city and find parking in a lot near the market, which is on the left-hand side as you go onto the island.
A trip to the Sicilian city of Messina. Part of an occasional series on travel with mobility challenges. By ANNE SPISELMAN.
By Anne Spiselman Ragusa in southeastern Sicily seems designed to confound the geographically challenged. It’s really two towns, Ragusa Ibla and more recent Ragusa, separated by a gorge, and although the older Ibla also is called “Ragusa Inferiore,” or “lower,” it spreads out over a high cliff that just isn’t as high as the one(…)
It’s almost time for perfect hiking weather! If Jackson Park isn’t rural enough for your taste, here are a few options for serious woodland acreage, available to Hyde Parkers by public transit. The Des Plains River Trail spans across two systems of forest preserves. The Lake County Forest Preserve system has the northern half of(…)
Wednesday, April 3, 2013. We’ve decided to start slowly, close to home, rather than rushing out to see Sicily’s most famous sights all at once. Jet lag being what it is, and lingering on our terrace in the warm sunlight with morning coffee (espresso and hot milk) being so enjoyable, we don’t get out of(…)
We arrive at O’Hare International Airport, Terminal 3, at 11:30 a.m. for our 3:25 p.m. flight on Air Berlin. I know it’s absurdly early, but I’m always afraid things are going to go wrong at the airport. They don’t exactly … but check-in takes a very long time. I ask to switch seats to the(…)
By Anne Spiselman Photos by Fredric Swanson Editor’s note: Anne Spiselman is the theater critic for the Hyde Park Herald. She will share her experiences during a recent trip to Sicily in a series of articles exclusive to the Herald Blog. If you are a Hyde Park resident with travel experiences you would like to(…)