Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Aug 2013: I will make him an offer he cannot refuse

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So the penultimate day, we decided to go check out Corleone, a bus trip…strange shape, its almost like God took a giant golf swing through that rock.

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the place is full of viaducts

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the bus windows were not really very clean…

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On the way to Corleone, we stopped by this Royal Hunting Lodge which is situated inside a nature reserve. A bit austere looking, but fairly well refurbished now…

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a lovely statue of Mary on the right…quite beautiful when highlighted against the stark mountain.

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A world war 1 memorial…with an old helmet on top

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care for a drink? lol.

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a little animal clinic is off the side.

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fairly basic hospital…at least the tortoises are having fun.

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we went back into the bus and drove off. the landscape had turned…more stark..less green…more rocky…more forbidding? or was it just the thought that we were approaching Corleone?

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we reached Corleone and immediately stepped into the town gardens where this extraordinary sculpture is front and center. 

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along one of the garden paths, you can see these plaques, beautifully cast in what looks like a bronze piece.

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Another lovely fountain sculpture

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This is a statue of Bernardino Verro, who was the mayor of Corleone in 1914. He was killed by the Mafia. There’s our guide, he was very good indeed.  photo 167-IMG_3417_zpsth7vpf2u.jpg

And the police station.

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we pass down the main street

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and a lovely lovely box of plum tomatoes, just look at the colour…mmmm

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We pass by these famous steps where a very large massacre was done by the Mafia

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And we pass by this store, which is unoccupied, but was previously owned by a baker family, again which was murderously killed by the Mafia. Nobody then on wants to rent this store.

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A plaque commemorating the celebration by Giuseppe Garibaldi who won over a Bourbon army near Corleone.

We come into the church on the left

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the door on both sides are beautiful, truly remarkable work.

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fairly severe bell tower. we move inside to see again a fairly austere church.

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some excellent plaques on the all and some rather startlingly violent statues

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Nice ceiling although the paintings were too small

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severe windows.

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nice detailing through on the roof.

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Another of those shrines…

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more paintings and plaques, Christ Pantokrator on one…we saw this in Cefalu as well..

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The patron of teeth / dentists. Please come take residence at my place…

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Another shrine but surprisingly, this actually has transparent sections cut out of the mannequin of the saint so that you can actually see the bones. hmmmm

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thank God it was quite sunny, although in a cloudy day, I would guess it would be very gloomy with the small windows high up.

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we move to the Museum Ethnographica of Corleone. 

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and then we move into the museum and this was a terrible terrible set of photographs. This museum is a photographic museum dedicated to the fight of magistrates like Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino who died fighting the Mafia. Here are some of the photos of the photos. Truly heart-wrenching and shows the bravery of these people, who fought against the Mafia knowing fully well that they will be killed, sooner or later.

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the death of one of the Mafia victims.

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a car bomb and another funeral.

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peering out from one of the windows. I am overlooking a landscape which has Mafia members in there just at this moment. It is very highly recommended that you take a guide and he can guide you through the exhibits. Its truly breathtaking. Really brings it alive.

we went back outside after the show…bit subdued, so i decided to cheer up the family with some icecream. Doesnt fail, does it?

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So popped into the Central Bar where there are loads of photos of the Godfather. Ummmmmm

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interesting chimney pots.

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streets of Corleone.

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Couple of final views of Corleone

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and then we head back to Cefalu…what a trip…very moving and very profound..the exhibition really impacted me..to think of those policemen and magistrates.

and since it was the last night, we went for a walk along the beach and clicked some of the photos shown below of the sunset.

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that’s it…we went to sleep and then next day off to the airport and took off.

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Mount Etna with her crown of clouds

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strange looking man…

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row of windmills

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cloudy puffballs

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there’s Cefalu rock

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ah! the green green grass of England

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And the parking lot of Gatwick :) and a lovely holiday in Sicily comes to an end…

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