Palermo, luggage labels and Goethe’s arrival

Palermo, etichette da valigia - luggage labels

Here we are in Palermo, where hotels’ luggage labels vie to show how beautiful the city is.

Let’s let enjoy the view, as Goethe introduces us to the Sicilian capital: No words can express the welcome — with its fresh green mulberry-trees, evergreen oleanders, and hedges of citron, etc. In the open gardens, you see large beds of ranunculuses and anemones. The air is mild, warm, and fragrant; the wind refreshing. The full moon, too, rose from behind a promontory, and shone upon the sea; — and this joyous scene after being tossed about four days and nights on the waves!

April 6, 2015