Again, I have to recognize that I am in fact terrible.  I have been so bad at keeping my little bloggy blog up-to-date with the exciting adventures I have been so lucky to experience.  And for this I am so sorry.  With that said, now I  have to throw out a plug for my EXTREMELY up-to-date (sometimes down to the minute) instagram page featuring my favorite travel photos and videos both past and present.  There’s a little something for everyone there!

Anywho, I am dedicating this specific post to Palermo.  Yes, I was there in NOVEMBER and yes, I know it’s APRIL (sorry again), but Palermo deserves props regardless of my horrible procrastination.  So here goes:

I ended up doing a tour this time which took us to the Whitaker Mansion, its land, and the Palermo Botanical Garden.

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We were greeted with hostility by these crazy, vocal fowl:

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But the grounds are gorgeous,

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and the interior is exquisite, full of worldly treasures collected from their global adventures. DSC_7778 DSC_7789 DSC_7794BILLIARD ROOMDINING ROOMMANSION ROOM 2MANSION ROOM 3

And the botanical garden was lovely too!

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