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Out of Palermo

The Pink and Black

Grafitti I found in Il Capo market
Palermo just made it back into the A league of national soccer. Their team wears pink and black uniforms.
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Cuticchio's Puppet Theater

http://www.figlidartecuticchio.com/
Some of the best entertainment in the city right in the heart of it, near the Teatro Massimo in Via Bara all'Olivella. Enacting the stories of the paladins of Charlemagne.
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Circle of Love

Libera Dolci, a volunteer at the children's and babies' Library in Le Balate, teaches crochet, and also how everything is connected.
I love this photo. I took it at an after-school crochet class given by Libera Dolci at the La Biblioteca dei Ragazzi e dei Bambini Le Balate, the Children's and Babies' Library of the Balate, a very poor neighborhood in the Albegheria quarter of Palermo. Her arms make a circle, a stitch, a knot  Read More 
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Church of the Immaculate Conception, al Capo

Chandelier, frescoes, intarsio, and local marble
I first saw this church on one of Anthrolpogist Carlo di Franco's Palermo of Mysteries tours in Palermo's Capo market. Usually this church is closed, but he had someone open it one night for his group of 100 Palermo lovers. we oohed at the intarsio, four stone inlay side altars that looks as though they're painted.

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Eternal Embrace

Watery grave, heart's embrace

This is a freeze frame from a video taken by Italian Coast Guard rescue and recovery divers of two refugees who died embraced on the floor of the Mediterranean Sea just off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa on Oct. 3, 2013, after the worst tragedy in those seas since 2000. Three hundred sixty-six people drowned together that day.
In this picture, two of them face each in what was left of their embrace. The empty space between them forms a heart. They died  Read More 
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Mosque

The Mosque in Via Celso
I am not sure what this building was before it was a mosque. The fence posts bear crescent moons and often I see clean wet laundry hung on the fence, jeans and shirts, as if someone lives there. Many Moslems go to storefront mosques on Friday afternoons, but this one is lovely with rugs  Read More 
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Memorial murals

Pasquale and Giuffrida's Memorial Wall
If you die young in Ballaro` someone will immortalize you with a giant mural of your face and maybe a garden, tended like an altar, that no one will defile. Pasquale Ferrara and Giuseppe Giufridda were two youths of Ballaro` and this mural of them was near the Mercato del Usato, the used items market, otherwise  Read More 
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Horse and moped

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Odd and wonderful

Street art at the entrance to Ballaro` street market.
Call it street art, call it grafitti. I like it. The three eyes are a recurring theme of this anonymous artist.
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Opium Poppy

Dr. Francesca Mercadante shoots an opium poppy
Archeogeologist Francesca Mercadante, of Partanna Mondello, photographs an opium poppy growing in someone's driveway garden in Sferracavallo, a fishing village quartiere on the north side of Palermo. Dr. Mercadante said that a vase found at a Greek temple in Sicily had vegetation depicted on it. One decorative illustration, for many years, had been misinterpreted  Read More 
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