Palermo/Monreale/Vito lo Capo, 24+25 May 2003. Click on images to see enlarged version.
All photographs © 2003–2005, Detlev Fischer
(4) On a Sunday, tourists dominate the scene at certain locations (here opposite the Chiesa S. M. dell' Ammiraglio (o Martorana). During the week, the city is not at all dominated by the tourism industry - few services look as if they mainly cater for tourists, there are few gift shops, etc (compared to Rome, for example)
(5) The woman sitting on the stairs leading to the Chiesa S. M. dell' Ammiraglio (o Martorana) sells a small image of Mary (or was it Jesus?), with a text on the back that recommends charity towards the poor. Its not a roaring trade. I bought one, but I have misplaced it.
Added 21 October 2005: I have rediscovered it, it is a 'Maria Ausiliatrice' (click for larger size).
(8) Off Via Roma you find via del Celso, which widens to a longuish nondescript place with a row of old trees. You find the sine nome beer bar here. People have created an improvised street garden underneath the trees.
(11) The Serra-lookalike monument on a large roundabout near the port is for the victims of the mafia. The inscription (hard to read unless the photograph is processed in photoshop) reads AL CADUTI NELLA LUTTA CONTRO LA MAFIA
(13) A true tourism interface, this man in his embellished horse cart. The sign says something like 'Contribute to feeding the horse if you want to take a photo'. Whether this job genereates enough for the man to live off I have no idea. In the backgrounf you can see the famous cathedral of Monreale with its byzantine gold-ground mosaics.