“Whatever made you choose to live in Palermo?”  It’s a question I am getting used to – but one to which I still have no ready answer.  In fact, I don’t really have much of an answer at all.  It’s just that I knew , when I first visited, that this was a place I wanted to know more about.   Several years later, I still feel the same.

I am intrigued by the city and its people – sometimes excited by the things I discover, sometimes dispirited and depressed.     It really does seem to me a place of bright sunshine and deep shadow.   I know I will never understand it, but that doesn’t matter.  The process of trying is enough in itself. 

I would like to share some of my discoveries – and some of my failures to discover.  I hope that, should you visit Palermo, some of these reflections might make your visit more rewarding than it would otherwise have been.

9 Responses to “About this blog”

  1. Irina Says:


    May be, it will be interesting for you…

  2. David Barbagallo Says:

    Kate, there has been no post for some time… are you still in Palermo? db

    • kateludlow Says:

      Oh dear – no, there hasn’t been any post for ages! I’m still very much in Palermo, though – just that I’ve had a lot of other things going on for the last few months. I will be back!

  3. David Barbagallo Says:

    Well that’s a relief:-)… I have visited Palermo several times since the 1980’s. My family has stayed in Palermo and for several weeks at Santa Flavia on a few occasions so your posts are wonderfully evocative of the many experiences we have had in and around Palermo…. I will await your return to posting from matters pressing… regards db

  4. Fran Says:

    Kate – I just checked in on your blog as i am on the way to palermo, inspired to return to his fascinating city by your blog and see you haven’t posted for a while….. i hope you are still there and look forward to future posts!

    • kateludlow Says:

      Yes, I know – I’ve been very lazy! I’m still in Palermo though, but just back from some slightly extended travels. There are various posts either in my head or part finished – you’ve encouraged me to get on and finish one! In the meantime, I’m pleased to hear you are coming to Palermo. I’ll email.

  5. Jane Buyers Says:

    Kate- my partner and I just spent two weeks in Palermo. We read every one of your posts before going and we followed up on almost everything thing you wrote about. Thank you so much for your insightful, poetic accounts . The were so helpful, adding so much to our understanding of what we saw and they led us to so many treasures that we otherwise might have missed altogether.

    We really liked the bar just beside our place for our morning cappuccino ( a lovely creamy one) , but I kept in the back of my mind to look out for the Bar Bruno that you said had the best cappuccino in town. As the days past , and we began to get a sense of where things were, I knew that Bar Bruno had to be somewhere nearby in our neighbourhood. We had been in Palermo almost a week, when, coming back towards were we were staying, I saw the sign on “our bar” and it WAS the Bar Bruno!

    • kateludlow Says:

      Thank you so much Jane – I appreciated your comment more than you might think. I had become slightly disenchanted with what I was writing (difficult to explain exactly why) and to know that you had found the blog helpful has given me great encouragement. I’m pleased you were able to spend two weeks in Palermo – most people spend just a few days and it’s really not enough to get a sense of the place. I’m particularly pleased you found Bar Bruno – and independently! I wrote about it very early on and haven’t changed my mind about the quality of their cappuccino – I’m a regular customer and getting to know rather well the very nice family that runs it. I’m away at the moment though so wouldn’t have been there when you were. Anyway, I hope you might make a return visit some time. Let me know if you do.

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