Tagged With "Sicily"

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Re: La Vucciria Market, Palermo

Travel Rob ·
Years ago, I went to that market and the thing I remember about it was how packed the streets were.
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Re: La Vucciria Market, Palermo

PHeymont ·
Can't help wondering at the similarity of the name, allowing for common letter/phoneme substitutes, to La Bouqueria Market in Barcelona. There's not a lot of agreement on where that name came from, by the way, but the best-sounding bet is that it comes from Catalan 'boc' for goat.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 7, 2015: A Sicilian Wedding

Travel Rob ·
Wonderful photography!This looks like a scene right out out of a movie!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 7, 2015: A Sicilian Wedding

PHeymont ·
That's a fantastic picture, DrF! Composed as a painter would, and with light arranged as if it were not an "opportunity shot" but a careful pose. Too bad it's not in the couple's album!
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Re: Monreal Cathedral, Sicily (Where Gumbo was #127)

HistoryDigger ·
Stunning. Thanks for posting this story.
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Re: Capella Palatina, Palermo, Sicily (Where Gumbo Was, #102)

PHeymont ·
Incredibly beautiful, and wonderful to see how well-preserved!
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Re: Capella Palatina, Palermo, Sicily (Where Gumbo Was, #102)

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comment, PHeymont. As you know Sicily suffered a lot of bomb damage in WWII, but fortunately this chapel was not damaged. It underwent a cleaning/restoration about a decade ago and looks fresh and new. I've seen a lot of mosaics in my life and these are the best. Simply breath-taking in their fine detail. That and the beautiful stonework -- a highlight of our trip to Sicily!
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Re: Spotted on the Road, Palermo, Sicily

GarryRF ·
Yes, it's a Fiat 500/600. I drove one around Spain in the 70s. Tiny rear engine - air cooled - go forever ! Copied in many countries around the world - made under license from Fiat Considered quite a fashionable car and Fiat have started making the Fiat 500 again! But much, much bigger ! Wikipedia Photo
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Re: Spotted on the Road, Palermo, Sicily

PHeymont ·
Gary, that pic is the "new" 500 (Cinquecento), now appearing in greater numbers in the U.S. as well, since Chrysler and Fiat are now one. But DrF's is the old one, from the 50s-70s, such as this one. I believe the last year was 1973; this is a 1967 model. Note the passenger-size to car-size ratio! This is part of a whole series of "people's cars" of the postwar generation. Others include the VW Beetle, the Citroen 2CV, the original Mini and a few more. It's been interesting to see the...
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Re: Spotted on the Road, Palermo, Sicily

GarryRF ·
The VW Beetle has been in production for 77 years !! It produced many derivatives during WW2 for army use. Another piece of magnificent engineering.
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Re: Spotted on the Road, Palermo, Sicily

PHeymont ·
The most common military version of the Beetle in WW2 was the "Kubelwagen," the German equivalent of the U.S. Jeep. Here's a picture of them together... Incidentally, "Kubelwagen" means "bucket car," named because it was one of the first vehicles equipped with bucket seats...deeply indented to help keep passengers from flying out when the side doors were not in place.
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Re: Spotted on the Road, Palermo, Sicily

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo's got a photo of a 1943 Kubelwagen from the great Tampa Bay Automobile Museum collection.
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Re: Spotted on the Road, Palermo, Sicily

GarryRF ·
Rommels' Afrika Korps ?
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Re: Spotted on the Road, Palermo, Sicily

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by GarryRF: Rommels' Afrika Korps ? Yes, that Palm Tree icon is their symbol. Uncanny resemblance to PortMoresby's avatar, although she's nothing at all like Rommel or his Korps.
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Re: Spotted on the Road, Palermo, Sicily

PortMoresby ·
DrF, are you sure? Yours is, indeed, a Fiat 500. I drove the Spanish version, called a Seat, during a time I spent in Mallorca, mid '60's, a new one that broke down regularly, terrible car but rented, so the agency would pick it up and fix it. As PHeymont mentions, I think of VW as the real "People's Car", reliable and a '69 model, I may have mentioned previously, lives in my garage below me as I write. I intend to update its registration soon so a friend can drive it. I'm sure I'll be...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 20, 2015: Sicilian Fiat

GarryRF ·
These cute little Fiats were only 633cc and air cooled. But the tiny little Fiat engines was banned from western Europe for their excessive emissions.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 20, 2015: Sicilian Fiat

PHeymont ·
Belongs in the pantheon of true "people's cars" along with the Citroen 2CV and (dare I say it?) the ugly duckling of the lot...the Trabi, which was advanced over its peers in a number of ways. Ironic, isn't it, to think the original Fiat 300s like this one were banished for smoking, and now we find that VW's "clean diesel" was smoking a pack a day on the road!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 20, 2015: Sicilian Fiat

PHeymont ·
Oh, and let's not forget the original Morris Mini-Minor...not as early as the others, but wonderful in its own right.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 20, 2015: Sicilian Fiat

DrFumblefinger ·
Let's also not forget the Volkswagon on the European side. And the Ford Model T, which so greatly dropped the cost of an automobile it became a mass consumer good.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 20, 2015: Sicilian Fiat

GarryRF ·
This Tatra V570 was produced in 1933. Three years before the VW Beetle. It had a rear mounted air cooled engine. Lower centre of gravity to make it more stable. And aerodynamics to improve its efficiency. The Czech company tried to sue for copyright infringement - but Adolph H. dismissed the claim. He invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. VW finally paid up in 1961.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 20, 2015: Sicilian Fiat

IslandMan ·
Looks like a "Noddy" car, Garry....
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 20, 2015: Sicilian Fiat

GarryRF ·
Like this :
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Re: Calabria to Sicily: A bridge too far?

DrFumblefinger ·
I like it when people take on huge tasks and succeed at them. The American Space Program was like that -- expensive, risky, exciting and one of man kind's greatest achievements. This bridge would be a great engineering triump. And I think it would be important to link Sicily more closely to Italy. It would make the island much more accessible and allow freer flow of people. 9 billion Euros is a lot of money, but is probably comparable to the debt the US government runs up in a few days, so...
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Re: Segesta, Sicily (Where Gumbo Was #196)

GarryRF ·
Wonderful presentation DrF. Enjoyed sharing your travels !
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Catania. Grilled calamari.

DrFumblefinger ·
Catania.  Grilled calamari.
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Beautifully fresh baked tarts, Catania

DrFumblefinger ·
Beautifully fresh baked tarts, Catania
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Ceramics shop in Modica, Sicily

DrFumblefinger ·
Ceramics shop in Modica, Sicily
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St. Peter's Duomo, Modica, Sicily

DrFumblefinger ·
St. Peter's Duomo, Modica, Sicily
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Narrow lane in Modica, Sicily

DrFumblefinger ·
Narrow lane in Modica, Sicily
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The Baroque hill town of Modica, Sicily

DrFumblefinger ·
The Baroque hill town of Modica, Sicily
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Modica, Sicily

DrFumblefinger ·
Modica, Sicily
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The Baroque hill town of Modica, Sicily

DrFumblefinger ·
The Baroque hill town of Modica, Sicily
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