23.04.2013 - 23.04.2013
Think I can officially say we have over used this day. We started just after 9 traipsed till 2 then had a rest & went out again till 7.
The day began with a plan to see the Capuchin Catacombs situated about 2.5 k's from here . We probably should have taken a taxi or at the very least a bus or horse & buggy but apparently we have something to prove. So yep we walked.. It was interesting as all the shops are open at this time of the morning.
It cost us €3.00 each for me to be totally traumatised. I remember going to The Capuchini Bone Chapel in Rome with Richard & Bill I should have recalled the trauma I felt then & similarly through the Sewers of Paris but no got it in my head & we were going. This place is way way worse . Worse than Evora in Portugal with just a couple of bodies hanging dedicated amongst the bones.
This my friends was rows upon rows of bodies .They date back to the first being a monk in 1599 & the last around 1920. The place is divided into sections . Priests , men , women, children, professionals. Some are hanging by their necks & others lying on concrete slabs oh & some coffins. Wait for it 8000 of them.
The eerie thing is that the bodies are desiccated but the clothes have remained in tact. Interesting to see genuine garments from all these centuries ago.
Now to really make everyone feel "creeped out" the methods used to preserve the bodies were either dipping the bodies in arsenic or lime which was generally done when there had been epidemics or the other most common one ( now this is the creepy one ) to desiccate the bodies was placing them in cells situated along passage ways . These cells were called strainers. Now I said it was creepy! Oops forgot to say they were hung upside down.
Following this light entertainment we had a real Sicilian lunch with some workers in one of the side alleys . Great food actually "
The weather wasn't the kindest today so we were dodging the odd shower ...we did find the extremely old Norman / Arabic castle ...in ruins but very interesting history .
The rain continued not really heavy but drizzle so we found yet another church but this proved to be some find .
We have been to many European Countries & seen lots of their spectacular churches & cathedrals but perhaps this was the most ornate & astonishing of them all. Huge seriously large but not a cathedral ,Called commonly in Palermo Casa Professa the Chiesa del Gesu. One of the most important holy places in Sicily & an absolute master piece in Baroque art. I won't go on & on but surfice to say we spent I think nearly 2 hours in it . Going from the actual church & it's numerous chapels to the museum & creepy crypt. There were not many centimetres of that interior not covered ,embellished & whatever else I could use to describe it .
Ok so we finally returned to our hotel for the habitual rest & recovery time then off again around five . We were searching for a shirt for Bill but didn't see anything we really liked. Dinner we decided was going to be gelati well I decided & Bill went along with the idea. The problem is we are far too tired to wait around till 7.30 / 8pm for the restaurants to open.
Think we will enjoy breakfast on the terrace before we head off tomorrow for Taomina. We apparently have to catch a bus to Cantania then another one to Taomina think it could be about 4 hour trip all up.
Pretty sure this will be amazing remembering years ago when Sarah ( Zkye's sister) backpacked through Greece & Italy .
I remember her calling us from a phone box in Taomina saying that the men were hissing at her. Apparently that is what they do instead of whistling to pretty girls. She said it continued all through Sicily . There are a lot of men hanging around all the streets so for young girls it would be confronting.
That's it tonight folks I intend to sleep no staying awake for bloody hours.
Hi there, you there me here! It was interesting entering this establishment for again there was a glass floor, covering and protecting an old fine marble patterned floor. Deb's phobias arose again meaning I had to hold her hand and coach her passed this obstacle. Done.
After the umpteenth clad skeleton, another phobia started it's development. Boy! It was proving fun in the tease stakes, I had to hold back the usual quips for I'm sure she would have ended up a gibbering wreck. It was very entertaining. Bye!