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The Rock-itt : November 2011
Well here I am again folks, 2 years older, no wiser and I set off for UK in August. My they have an early winter there! Visited numerous relatives, but can’t manage them all these days, I believe it’s called natural increase. My old school friend and I had a get together also my “pram” friend; I have snaps of her sharing a swing. I made the mistake of hiring a manual car after 20 odd years of driving auto, trying to save money! There was a big family get together in Yorkshire for a birthday, and a quick visit to Devon to see my sister-in-law, and then on to Rome. Basically I was in transit, but managed visits to some of my favourite places, Lido Argentina, to see the cats, the Pantheon, quite near, and of course the Forum, the still beating heart of Ancient Rome. Just as in Augustus Day, it is visited by millions of tourists, who now wear different clothes and use different transport but are really just the same people. Highlights were a couple of swims at a FREE beach in Ostia where the water was lovely, all this up to September 23 when I joined a tour of Sicily. I have used these tour people previously because they are SINGLES friendly. Insight tours have a policy of not charging a single supplem ent if you are willing to share. They do the finding of roommate, if there isn’t one then you have a room to self and no single supplement to pay. I will say now the organisation was good. We saw highlights, as you really need to stay for a year or so to see everything here. The history is layers, Byzantine churches on the foundations of Greek tem ples so you get the feeling that nothing has been thrown away, EXCEPT the rubbish. It’s a DUMP, apparently the total collection and disposal of rubbish in Sicily is in the hands of the Mafia or something very similar. Superhighways that just end in space, hospitals with no fittings, guess what, someone ran off with the money! Apart from that, the scenery is fabulous, if you are looking at a Norman castle and massive walls, or Etna puffing away or a sprinkle of islands and a beautiful seascape you will not be disappointed. The hotels were of a high standard with lifts and pools; and we had two nights in Naxos, two in Palermo, and one each in Agrigento, Ragusa and Catania. The sightseeing was arranged with a few optional extras. I did not do the Etna as I had been warned there was serious climbing, apparently that was not so. On the day we visited the open air markets in Palermo, there was heavy rain. That was the only bad note, and as they were all food markets we would have been better off drinking coffee and having a natter. The absolute magnificence if the mosaics in Capella Palatina built by