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Palazzolo Acreide – Europes longest balcony, perhaps in the world

Palazzolo Acreide is a small town just one hour south of Catania, 670 m.a.s.l with 8700 inhabitants. Learned recently it is not just any town, it actually has the longest balcony in Europe, perhaps longest in the world.
30 meters long with 27 masks called “Cognoli” in Sicilian, meaning “shameful boys” laughing at you passing by.

This small town is up hills and down hills with small baroque filled alleys one should not miss to walk around when visiting Sicily.

Sicily – Season is officially open

In Sicily the tourist season starts to open up. Beaches gets cleaned, more traffic on the streets, facades gets painted, summer lidos opens…it is like living in a new place when winter turns to summer. Sicily is perhaps the safest area to travel to, I may say that even from Naples and below is very safe in Europe now. And we have the super famous organisation ironically to thank for. Where those guys are, there are also police present. But mafia has better knowledge of who is coming and going than the system itself and they protect their interest carefully. A summer top by Recanati beach is saying “Health And Dick”, so I guess the season if officially open.


P? Sicilien b?rjar turists?songen att ?ppna upp. Str?nder reng?rs, mer trafik p? gatorna, fasaderna blir m?lade, sommar lidon ?ppnas … det ?r som att leva i en ny plats n?r vintern v?nder till sommar. Sicilien ?r kanske det s?kraste omr?det att resa till, kan nog s?ga att ?ven fr?n Napoli och ned?t ?r mycket s?kert i Europa nu. Och vi har den superber?mda organisation ironiskt nog att tacka f?r detta. D?r dessa killar ?r, det finns ocks? poliser n?rvarande. Men maffian har b?ttre kunskap om vem som kommer och g?r ?n sj?lva systemet och de skyddar sina intresse noggrant. En sommar topp fr?n Recanati stranden s?ger “H?lsa och Snopp”, s? jag antar att s?songen officiellt ?r ?ppen.

Sicily, Alcohol and Drugs

I saw an italian documentary about drug usage in Europe and was not surprised at all to see statistics that Italy is on top position where people uses most drugs in whole Europe, both light and heavy drugs. In Sicily the usage of Cannabis and Marijuana is very high and it is very common to meet people who smoke or have smoked regularly Una Canna. In e.g. Catania city center in the evening you can feel the sweet smell in the air, and see people smoking with a police standing by closing their eyes.
I often also hear accusing words that Swedes, Irish, Danes ecc drink so much and are alcoholics. Well, what is better then? Having a bruised brain or ruined liver?
In Sicily still in many parts it is rude for a woman to drink alcohol in any way (the young generation and some women starts to think different). I especially remember an evening we foreign girls were out doing the town and we ordered shots. Incomes three sicilian women and ask the bartender if they can have shots too. The bartender told them that we are shooting a pure vodka. The girls still wanted a shot, but they chose orange juice. We had a good laugh…the bartender too.



Jag s?g en italiensk dokument?r om droganv?ndning i Europa och var inte alls f?rv?nad att se statistik att Italien ?r p? topp position d?r m?nniskor anv?nder mest droger i hela Europa, b?de l?ttare droger som tunga. P? Sicilien ?r anv?ndningen av Cannabis och Marijuana mycket h?g och det ?r mycket vanligt att tr?ffa m?nniskor som r?ker eller har r?kt regelbundet Una Canna. I t ex Catania centrum p? kv?llen kan du k?nna den s?ta doften i luften, och se r?kande m?nnsikor med en polis som st?r bredvid och blundar.
Jag h?r ofta ocks? anklagande ord som att svenskar, irl?ndare, danskar ecc dricker s? mycket och ?r alkoholister. N?, vad ?r b?ttre d?? Att ha en br?nd hj?rna eller f?rst?rd lever?
P? Sicilien ?r det fortfarande i m?nga delar of?rsk?mt f?r en kvinna att dricka alkohol p? n?got s?tt (den unga generationen och vissa kvinnor b?rjar t?nka annorlunda). Jag minns s?rskilt en kv?ll vi utl?ndska kvinnorna var p? stan och vi best?llde shots. In kommer tre sicilianska kvinnor och fr?gar bartendern om de kan ha shottar ocks?. Bartendern sa till dem att vi shottar en ren vodka. Flickorna ville fortfarande shots, men de valde apelsinjuice. Vi hade ett gott skratt bartendern ocks?.

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