May 18, 2022
We picked up the rental car in Palermo, and despite a small snafu where I was unable to get the car into reverse and had to run back into the office to ask for help, we made it out of the city. It was kind of like a game of frogger, with traffic going in every direction and many lanes merging into one with bicycles and pedestrians in the mix, but it seemed safer to me than our high-speed expressways and was a little fun as well. We took a little detour to the seaside town of Cefalu and we are glad we did. The beach is pristine and the town is very picturesque. We had lunch at a little seaside restaurant and then walked around, taking in the Lavatoio Medivale, a medieval washhouse, as well as the Bastione di Capo Marchiafava, a 17th-century fortification, and the Porte Pescara, which are great places to take photos. And of course the Cattedrale di Cefalu because why not? Then we headed to Catania, where we struggled a bit to figure out where to park that would be near our apartment, but we did figure it out with some help from the owner.