Sorry for the delay but the internet with lousy on my Mediterranean cruise and again at the week in Palermo. The cruise was great but like all cruises you get a day in each port and a very limited feel for what it is really like to live there or what the people are like ( not just the ones hocking there wares to the tourist as) Now, Palermo we stayed a week in a very basic apartment in the old section of town. A block from a grade school, we saw and heard kids and parents walking to and from school. Sicilians are very loud and windows are always open so you knew everyone’s business on the small narrow street (if you spoke Italian, which I don’t). People were friendly and helpful. The very large open air markets were open everyday and had fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, olives etc. along with household products. Most locals shop daily and cook what they buy. We took day trips to Corleone (as in Vito), Monrealle, Mondello (beach resort town) and the small town of Ficuzza. Here are pics from the cruise and Palermo.