Victor & Joanne's Italy and Bulgaria Family Adventure 2017 travel blog

On our way to Palermo we stopped in Monreale to see one...

The artisans who worked on this cathedral were Christian, Muslim and Jews....

Then on to Mondello, a famous beach on the outskirts of Palermo

Victor's parents used to take a horse and cart from Villagrazia to...

Teatro Massimo, the opera house, in Palermo. Everyone is pretty excited to...

La Vucceria where locals used to come to buy produce, fish and...

Unfortunately it's quite run down now, but still a few stalls left.

A bus ride out to Villagrazia to see where Victor went to...

Quite emotional for Victor to stand in the outdoor play area in...

In front of one of the old doors near the house where...

Artisans

Yes ... You are both beautiful!!

The Pasta boys about to enjoy yet another amazing meal.


Palermo Part One - Before La Famiglia

Our tour with Trafalgar ended in Palermo where we had an opportunity to see some sights before meeting with Victor's extended family. In Palermo, Victor has over 60 relatives from both his father's and his mother's sides of the family. Needless to say, it's going to be a challenging juggling act to see everyone and not offend anyone (something we always manage to do regardless of how hard we try not to!!).

So, it was lovely to have a bit of time to explore the city. Most importantly, we took the opportunity to take a bus out to Villigrazia to see where Victor was born. It was quite emotional for Victor to be able to go inside the school where he attended his first three years. We were lucky to arrive at the school just as the maintenance staff was doing their daily cleaning. They let us in and allowed us to wander the halls and go out into the schoolyard. It was in the outdoor play area that a flood of memories overwhelmed Victor. It was as if he were 8 years old again, kicking a soccer ball around with his friends.

Tomorrow the visiting begins .......



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