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Lock Down! Or?

UPDATE 11/3: People can do sports, go out, eat in restaurants, have lessons ecc…but not in large groups and respect the distance between people. Called the authorities due to so much misinformation around. Hashtags to stay home are private initiatives.

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I don’t really understand what this Lock Down is about. Whole Italy is now under the regulations that everyone should stay home and go out only for extremely important matters and work. Okay, so I got curious and went out for a drive. In Catania most stores are open, even those a person can live without. Drove to IKEA outside the city center, and imagine my surprice…it was open. Went in, less people but business as usual with signs recommending people to keep one meter distance. Bought curtains. Mc Donalds open and many other non necessary businesses. And then, no control at all. Drove around for two hours, not a police car in sight. No road blocks, nothing. Heard from colleagues a cruise ship came in to Messina, tourists doing excursions after a fast check.

Wasn’t Milano supposed to be completely closed for traveling in and out? Check the Catania airport app, nine flights out yesterday and today seven this far from Catania to Milan. Normally they have 14 flights a day.

I see less traffic, some more people with masks and less people in stores. But business as usual. You go in, you go out…as normal. I went out lunch time due to less people, not risking anyone or anything, having the obligatory declaration with me (last photo) ready to be controlled. Nothing!

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Jag f?rst?r inte riktigt vad denna landskarant?n handlar om. Hela Italien omfattas nu av reglerna att alla ska stanna hemma och bara g? ut f?r extremt viktiga ?renden och arbete. Okej, s? jag blev nyfiken och ?kte ut f?r med bilen. I Catania ?r de flesta butiker ?ppna, ?ven de en person kan leva utan. K?rde till IKEA utanf?r stadens centrum och f?rest?ll mig min f?rv?ning … det var ?ppet. Gick in, f?rre m?nniskor men aff?rer som vanligt med skyltar som rekommenderar m?nniskor att h?lla en meters avst?nd. K?pte gardiner. Mc Donalds ?ppnet och m?nga andra icke n?dv?ndiga aktiviteter. Och ingen kontroll alls. K?rde runt i tv? timmar, inte en polisbil i sikte. Inga v?gblockar, ingenting. H?rde fr?n kollegor att ett kryssningsfartyg kommit in till Messina, turister gjorde utflykter efter en snabb kontroll.

Skulle inte Milano vara helt st?ngt f?r att resa in och ut? Kolla appen Catania flygplats, nio flygningar ig?r och idag sju s? l?ngt fr?n Catania till Milano. Normalt har de 14 flyg om dagen.

Jag ser mindre trafik, n?gra fler m?nniskor med masker och f?rre m?nniskor i butiker. Men aff?rer som vanligt. Du g?r in, du g?r ut … som normalt. Jag gick ut lunchtid p? grund av f?rre m?nniskor, inte riskera n?gon eller n?got, med den obligatoriska deklarationen med mig (sista bilden) redo att kontrolleras. Ingenting!

Life in Catania today

Daily life in Catania these chaotic times (which I personally see a mass psychosis than anything else). Streets filled with people, no masks (just seen two last days), few hysterical people…but at the end I am glad to be in Sicily now. It may be seen as a more “simple region” of Italy, but many has a more further perspective on things. Sicilians has been through worse things and dare also to open up for other point of views. These days I do not call Sweden at all, it is like everyone will die…

Personally I do not believe in this danger as far more people die of flu, pollution, hazards in the soil, cancer, diet related issues….and we have had so many viruses and economical melt downs the last decade that I have shut down completely. But talking like this openly is also a risk as you see how aggressive people are…there has even been violent acts due to this. It is not good.

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Det dagliga livet i Catania dessa kaotiska tider (som jag personligen ser som masspsykos ?n n?gonting annat). Gator fyllda med m?nniskor, inga masker (bara sett tv? senaste dagarna), f? hysteriska m?nniskor … men till slut ?r jag glad ?ver att vara p? Sicilien nu. Det kan ses som en mer “enkel region” i Italien, men m?nga har ett mer vidare perspektiv p? saker. Sicilianarna har genomg?tt v?rre saker och ocks? ?ppna upp f?r andra synpunkter. Idag ringer jag inte Sverige alls, det ?r som om alla kommer att d? …

Personligen tror jag inte p? denna fara eftersom fler m?nniskor d?r av influensa, f?roreningar, gifter i marken, cancer, kostrelaterade problem …. och vi har haft s? m?nga virus och ekonomiska krascher det senaste decenniet att jag har st?ngt helt ner. Men att prata ?ppet ?r ocks? en risk eftersom man ser hur aggressiva m?nniskor ?r … det har till och med varit v?ldsamma handlingar p? grund av detta. Det ?r inte bra.

Vitamine boost walking in Catania

About last weekend: Masquerades, Champagne, Buffet…

It’s the time of the year for masquerades and Carnivals in Italy. This venue has been the nicest this far in Sicily, it was organized at Tenuta Consoli Floreno, just outside Catania.

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It’s the time of the year for masquerades and Carnivals in Italy. This venue has been the nicest this far in Sicily, it was organized at Tenuta Consoli Floreno, just outside Catania.

Design you own shoes in Catania

This is an amazing shoe fabric in Catania city where you can design your own shoes, Luciana Cavalli. On the second floor they sell shoes made in the fabric and accessories in Sicilian style. She got some problems from the famous designer Roberto Cavalli due to the same last name, but won the case as in Italy you can not change your name as we can in Scandinavia.

This fabric i definitely worth a visit if you are here. Fine quality of materials and all hand made on spot. I am a shoeholic, so I guess this is the place that will drive me to bankruptcy. More photos after the Swedish text.

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Detta ?r en fantastisk skoverkstad i Catania d?r du kan designa dina egna skor, Luciana Cavalli. P? andra v?ningen s?ljer de skor tillverkade i fabriken och accessoarer i Siciliansk stil. Hon fick lite problem med ber?mda designern Roberto Cavalli p? grund av samma efternamn, men vann eftersom i Italien kan du inte ?ndra ditt namn som vi kan i Skandinavien.

Denna fabrik ?r definitivt v?rt ett bes?k om du ?r h?r. Fin materialkvalitet och allt handgjort p? plats. Jag ?r skoholist, s? jag antar att det h?r platsen som kommer att leda mig till personlig konkurs.

Saint Agata festivities in Catania

Saint Agata is the most important celebration for Catanesi, the celebrate their city’s saint. Every year also a public function gets honored with Candelora D’oro for their important work, and this year is was the fire fighters. We were invited by the mayor to see the honor price to be received by the fire fighters the 2nd of February. That night they also leave flowers to the saint at main church. The 3rd of February we were invited again to the municipality to see fireworks and for some drinks and finger foods. After that we left for another invitation to Agata Terrazze where we could see the fireworks for Saint Agata better.

More photos and video after the Swedish text.

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Helgonet Agata ?r det viktigaste firandet f?r Catanesi, de firar deras stadshelgon. Varje ?r hedras ocks? en offentlig funktion med Candelora D’oro f?r deras viktiga arbete, och i ?r var det brandm?nnen. Vi blev inbjudna av borgm?staren att se hederspriset tas emot av brandm?nnen den 2 februari. Den natten l?mnar de ocks? blommor till helgonet vid huvudkyrkan. Den 3 februari blev vi inbjudna igen till kommunen f?r att se fyrverkerier och f?r lite drinkar och sm?plock. Efter det ?kte vi till en annan inbjudan till Agata Terrazze d?r vi kunde se fyrverkerierna f?r Helgonet Agata b?ttre.

 

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Then the festivities ended from my part, had to leave for work in Germany.


Och d?r tog firandet f?r mig slut d? jag reste till Tyskland f?r arbete.

 

The Sicilian baroque wonder

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Can highly recommend a tour in one of the Sicilian baroque wonders, the Biscari Palace in Catania. Today was offered an exclusive tour guided by the prince himself, Principe Ruggero Moncada. The prince has a beef with us Swedes as his wife almost ran away with a Swedish man once.
The palace attracted many famous writers like Goethe and Brydone. One the painting you can see the Princess with a hole in her stomach. This happened cause during WW2 the big dancing sala was used as a tennis court by soldiers, and the accident happened. The family decided not to repair the damage as it became part of the history.
The part that I Iove the most is the baroque stairs by the ball room. The palace was finished 1763. Sadly it is quite run down, but it is privately held and just to repair one Murano chandelier costs ?12,000.

I’ve been here couple of times for masquerades and other events, but for a tour it was the first time. Una meraviglia!

More photos after the Swedish text

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Kan starkt rekommendera en rundtur i ett av de sicilianska barockens underverk, Biscari-palatset i Catania. Idag erbj?ds en exklusiv turn? guidad av prinsen sj?lv, Principe Ruggero Moncada. Prinsen har liten gnabb med oss svenskar eftersom hans fru n?stan smet iv?g med en svensk man en g?ng.
Palatset lockade m?nga k?nda f?rfattare som Goethe och Brydone. I en m?lning kan du se prinsessan med ett h?l i magen. Detta h?nde under andra v?rldskriget d? den stora danssalen anv?ndes som tennisbana av soldater, och olyckan intr?ffade. Familjen beslutade att inte reparera skadan eftersom den blev en del av historien.
Den del som jag gillar mest ?r barocktrappan vid danssalen. Palatset blev f?rdigt 1763. Tyv?rr ?r det ganska slitet, men det ?r privat?gt och bara f?r att reparera en Murano-ljuskrona kostar ?12 000.

Jag har varit h?r n?gra g?nger f?r maskerader och andra evenemang, men f?r en turn? var det f?rsta g?ngen. Una meraviglia!

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Over the roof tops from Chiesa Badia Sant’Agata

Did you now that only in Catania city there are 23 Unesco sites? Here visiting the Badia Sant’Agata church where you can take the elevator to the roof enjoying a splendid view over the city and magnificent Etna. Not to miss when you are in Catania!

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Visste du nu att bara i Catania stad finns det 23 Unesco platser? H?r bes?ker jag Badia Sant’Agata kyrkan d?r du kan ta hissen till taket och njuta av en fantastisk utsikt ?ver staden och magnifika Etna. Inte att missa n?r du ?r i Catania!

It’s Carnival time!

This year we attended the Carnival party at Palazzo Manganelli in Catania. Nice music, pasta buffet and an ok bar.

Palace is built by the Tornabene family in 1400, but then have had several owners. The Palace was restored and enlarged in the second half of the nineteenth century with the addition of the second floor (where today is a great hotel), the interiors were richly redecorated in the style of the time according to new architectural concepts, where worked the famous painter Giuseppe Sciuti, all work ordered by Princess Angela Patern? of Manganelli Torresi. Currently the palace has a fa?ade in pure late baroque/ rococo style and with a hanging garden. Very famous in Catania, extended on two levels joined by a romantic staircase with two fountains and a nymphaeum. It is currently owned by descendants Borghese princes, renting it for events.

As usual the party got interrupted by the police sometime after midnight due to administrative irregularities, but that is typical in Sicily so…

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I ?r deltog vi i karnevalfesten i Palatset Manganelli i Catania. Trevlig musik, pastabuff? och en ok bar.

Slottet ?r byggt av familjen Tornabene ?r 1400, men har sedan haft flera ?gare. Slottet restaurerades och byggdes ut under andra h?lften av artonhundratalet med till?gg av andra v?ningen (d?r det idag ?r ett hotell), inredningen var rikt inredd tidsenligt i nya arkitektoniska begrepp, d?r arbetade bland annat k?nda m?laren Giuseppe Sciuti, allt arbete best?llt av prinsessan Angela Patern? fr?n Manganelli Torresi. F?r tillf?llet har slottet en fasad i ren senbarock/ rokoko stil och med en h?ngande tr?dg?rd. Mycket k?nd i Catania, byggd p? tv? niv?er f?renade med en romantisk trappa med tv? font?ner och en nymphaeum. Det ?gs f?r n?rvarande av ?ttlingar, Borghese prinsar, som hyr det f?r event.

Som vanligt avbr?ts festen av polisen n?gon g?ng efter midnatt p? grund av administrativa oegentligheter, men det ?r typiskt p? Sicilien, s? …

Video of the early evening / Video fr?n tidig kv?ll

 

Botanic Garden – Upper side of Via Etnea

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