Eventually we reached Stazione Centrale, loaded on our backpacks and started the walk to our apartment. We are so happy to be back in an apartment after many weeks of hotels. The last apartment was way back in December in Cape Town. That seems an awfully long time ago. Apartments are so much easier for families - more space, a kitchen to cook in (so much cheaper), usually a washing machine etc.
The apartment we are staying in during our time in Palermo is special for all those reasons and more. Vicolo Guascone Apartments and VisitSicily have let us stay in the Guascone Bellini Apartment in exchange for us showing it on our blog. It is so very kind of them. We feel we are living in a little Sicilian neighbourhood and felt that way from the beginning.
Because, there we were, walking and following the directions to the apartment and doing fine but then Via Bologna needed to turn into Vicolo Guascone and that's where we went wrong. The truth is, if we went a little further we'd have been fine but instead we asked some children (why? what children know street names?) who said that the street we needed was far away. Then an elderly lady came out on her balcony and spoke to them in rapid Italian and, I don't speak Italian but I speak to children on a regular basis, so I know she said something like, "Are you kidding? You don't know street names? Vicolo Guascone is right there!"
We thanked all the people involved and carried on our way and met a man and another woman who helped us contact
Giuliana, the kind owner who was one minute away, looking for us. It's nice to know what friendly neighbours we have. None of them spoke English but were so kind and helpful all the same.
Giuliana showed us into the building and took us up to the fourth floor. The apartment is beautiful! The kids sleep on the big pull-out couch. We have 2 balconies and a large roof top terrace as well. I can report that the kitchen is very easy to cook in because I made Tortellini and sauce for supper last night. It's so nice having a kitchen. Bereket is hard to keep fed so it's good to be able to have extra things for him. We went to an outdoor market yesterday and bought fresh Sicilian strawberries and red oranges too. Delish!
Church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio
Church of San Cataldo
Now that we are once again in a new country, we like to put a little map in the blog for those who like to visualize where we have been so far on our trip, (I know David says it helps him - he says he gets confused quite easily), here it is:
As always, thank you so much for reading! Ciao!