Magnificent Monreale Cathedral, an amazing cloister followed by a beef spleen sandwich

The Cathedral of Monreale in Monreale, Sicily, exceeded my high expectations.  Until I have a chance to write more, I’ll tease you with a few photos of the mosaics and cloister.  Dating from around 1200, the cathedral and it’s art are pristinely preserved.

After a day in Monreale, we returned to Palermo and furthered our adventures in street food, this time trying milza—a beef spleen sandwich.

How we got to Monreale: bus from Palermo.

Where we slept: Ariston Hotel b&b.  Price: €55 for a double.  Recommended: yes.

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Chillen’ with Christ Pantocrator.

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Adam and Eve (and their subliminal penis bellies) getting kicked out of the garden of Eden.  We saw an orange tree just like this outside the cathedral.

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Coolest water ever.

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Picnic at the Cathedral of Monreale.

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HOB in the cloister of Monreale.

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Me holding my research on Monreale inside the cloister (because I don’t go anywhere without a binder full of notes.  Art geeks represent!)

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Milza: street food only found in Palermo.  It’s a tasty beef spleen sandwich with ricotta salata and some other sort of cheese.

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