We arrive in five minutes I’m not pulling the piss, but sometimes that helps It’s like, all of the worst parts of evil movies and computer games you’ve ever seen, all wrapped up into one environment Last time you sailed across the Turanian Sea with us to Sicily where a tired crew were hoping for a good night’s sleep at a little island before reaching our final destination of Palermo an extra 35 nautical mile south It was surprising to come into what we were expecting to be a quiet port and find nightclub music blaring at all hours. There was a chance we wouldn’t get any sleep anyway So there was no place for us there unfortunately There looked like there was a space, but there was a dinghy in the way, and we didn’t want to go moving other people’s boats There was also a ferry dock, where we could have tied off to but, we didn’t want to risk being woken up in the morning by a gigantic horn and The ferry threatening to run us over or cut our ropes or something ridiculous like that so we are heading to Sicily Which isn’t too far away. We don’t want to arrive before sunrise so We are gonna take it slow, maybe throw out the head sail and cruise right on over to Palmero Yeah, it’s a bit unfortunate we couldn’t sleep there tonight. We were all Looking forward to a good sleep, as you could tell, but it’s not gonna happen so we are going sailing Oh yeah, oh, yeah Not, oh Yeah. Not, oh Yeah So that’s the Castorone I knew I knew it was an Italian boat, but yeah, I think I only did two swings out there It’s a pipe load barge so big pipe will come together And you just gotta weld it together and it slides off the end of the boat, but yeah I used to do a fair bit of fair bit of that stuff there was one Really funny guy, other people found him a bit annoying, but I thought he was so funny It was a very repetitive job, so we’re doing 70 plus joints a day So, maybe even 100 joints a day. If were going really well And it it was a hundred times that I were doing this thing and he’d go Right there ‘couda’, I’m gonna start at the top and you start at the bottom, and his mate would just be like “oh my god” and he did it all day long and I thought it was funny. We arrive in five minutes I’m not ‘pullin the piss’ but sometimes that helps Okay how many days do you want to stay here? Two or three We’d come to Palmero, which is actually palermo Which you hear me struggle with over the next episode or two. To pick up some International mail that have been delivered here. Get a few jobs done and check out the basement of an old church Where thousands of preserved dead people lay, literally Maintenance on the boat, What do we have to do? No maintenance, cosmetics. Were just cleaning. Trying to keep up to date. Oh well. We’ll clean the stainless and stuff again I guess but it’s all just cleaning today. The other day rain, and it rained a lot And it drenched all these cushions and the foam inside so it’s just started to grow mould So I’m gonna pull these apart today Give them a scrub probably with bleach and leave them out in the Sun to dry that’s pretty gross. Yuck We’ve made a bit of a mess pant when are you gonna be finished? Ah, not sure. Are you, ah, scrubbing my showers for me Are you filming me Elayna?
Yep. I you’ve got your camera voice and I know when you’re filming It’s too hot I nearly passed out before Apparently, I wasn’t sympathetic enough You weren’t We had a bit too much coffee this morning, and then the midday Sun hit me and I just, speared it in the deck Whilst Riley was sooking about the heat. I went for a jog around the city to get a feel for the place We’d heard Palermo was famous for its history culture and art architecture, music and food. This all became obvious within just a few hundred meters of leaving the port This city lies in a basin surrounded by a beautiful mountain range evidence of human settlement in this area goes back to at least the Mesolithic period. Around 8000 BC, crazy stuff. Sicily is a part of Italy, but they speak their own language of Sicilian It’s pretty nice running at this time of day, it’s just a bit cooler It’s a bit of a shame about all the rubbish in the water. There’s so much rubbish here Just like any City though, but um it seems to be getting washed up on this side And the poor fish are eating it over there hay Yeah, that’s fish eating plastic over there. So I think I need a clean-up day Would you mind doing a little introduction? No, Please What on earth is going on? This is Stefano and Maricetta. Is that how I pronounce your name?
Stefano Stefano and They’re gonna escort us around for the day we bumped into Stefano, he’s friends with Ah, Salvador Salvador Who is a charter boat captain who we bumped into, so we’re all friends now and we’re being escorted around Sicily I don’t really know what to say its pretty amazed. It was so good to have met Stefano and Maricetta, a mother-son duo who were kind enough to show us their home Stefano works as a captain or first mate on sail and motorboats and Maricetta teaches the Italian and Sicilian language to people from all over the world, from her home. Our first stop on the way was Botticello it isn’t an elegant place. It’s a place where In the past all The fishermen’s lived and even today There are lots of fishermen living there.
It means a small harbor because Porto in Italian means harbour Yeah, so Porticello is a small harbor little harbor.
okay, So this is cute. This is just a random wall where people can stick Little notes up there. It can say anything from, ciao to I love you. Leave here your love Give to the sea your dreams Look at this cute little fish What are you getting Riley? A Brioche Ah, Ice cream bread
Ice cream sandwich ice cream bread roll sandwich.
Yes, Please He’s going super size.
This is insane. Oh my god Look at your moustache. Mmmrh. This means, Very good We walked off about one tenth of the ice cream with a bit more sightseeing before Stefano and Maricetta said I took us to their home so we could see what a traditional Sicilian home looked like This house has been in their family for a few generations The lemon tree is even dating back. A home with soul.
You don’t see enough houses around like this anymore. You have an incredible library and you’ve memorized all of these books She doesn’t remember my name. I do remember them see the books, I love them. ow, very cute, look at you. Okay stop So your dad is an engineer. Yeah, your mom is an academic. Yeah, and you’re A sailor. And you are a crazy man I am beyond in love with this house If I was to trade La Vagabonde, it would probably be for a place like this. Wow. Oh my god. Maricetta rents out this room to her language students This is great Its small, but But comfortable Very smaller This lady is so lovely that here. I’d love to share her language school with you If anyone out there is keen on a trip to Sicily to learn Italian or Sicilian Check out her website the link is also in the description below She does guided tours of Sicily, traditional cooking and art lessons, too Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for.
We said goodbye and thanked our friends All of you, so beautiful. Before heading off to find the Capuchin catacombs, a Museum of thousands of preserved humans After the death of a famous 16th century monk, these four long limestone corridors were constructed underneath the Capuchin church for the remains of clerics Nobility and families of local citizens that were hung from hooks and dressed in their best clothes Because of an ancient and highly effective embalming process these humans are so well preserved that the skin of many remains intact one in particular Rosalia, a two year old girl who appears to be in perfect physical condition, she has been nicknamed the Sleeping Beauty of Palermo um I don’t know.
I don’t want to offend anyone, but I Really really think that that place should just be completely Shut down. I think it’s it kind of I don’t know it’s it’s hard to say. I really don’t want to offend anyone, but it makes me a little bit ashamed To be to live in a world where we can have that on display That’s it’s not very natural to have dead people hanging from wall.
But that happens to everyone. Why aren’t we exposed to it? Why shouldn’t we be exposed to something that’s going to happen to everyone? Well, evolutionarily. We’re supposed to be shocked and like arh Disgraced by that stuff to keep it away from you because it’s deadly Like you touch and it will make you sick It’s decaying matter so evolutionarily i’ll forgive myself, but also on a on a whole ‘nother level It was just horrific seeing the expressions on the faces of the people the ones that have been embalmed well, or correctly They’ve still got mouths, and a lot of them look They just look like they’re in pain. I know they’re not and I’m probably projecting emotions on them, but they’ve got these distended mouths
and moustaches One of them had a moustache We saw several and that obviously hit home There was babies there there was children I was totally knocked around by it. I don’t think anyone should go there. It’s like all of the worst Parts of evil movies and computer games you have ever seen, all wrapped up into one environment But you’re walking through and you’re greeted by a priest or a friar or whatever and it’s like Yeah cool go and look at all this stuff, and it’s just something about it is just profoundly off I am totally the opposite, I feel like it was almost, like seeing the children Really many feel sad Because they obviously died too young, but I think as a whole I really think it was a beautiful thing to see. It just seemed really natural to me to be to be looking at human skeletons I don’t know why, to me it kind of looks a lot like an animal to skeleton. I don’t see much difference really But, seeing their clothing made me, realize that there was once A human like us. Inside of that body so Yeah, it was it was interesting more than anything. I just can’t believe that there is a place like this where anyone can go into and have a look you know there are hundreds and hundreds of humans. so it’s it’s a weird place Very strange atmosphere, but at the same time, its very humbling I think it’s important Because it makes you understand the mortality that that everyone has that you should live your life to fullest possible. and standing there feet away from people who were once alive like yourself it just Puts a lot of things in perspective. I think so Don’t go to young, but it’s worth a check out Cheers.
I can’t handle it. Cheers, drink up. Don’t go. and for heavens sake, don’t take your kids. All right, I’m gonna end this video with a happy song so we don’t all have nightmares Let us know what you think about the Capuchin catacombs In the comment section below and please give the video a like if you liked it. Next week, we overnight sail with some dramas Alongside volcanoes through the Messina Strait. A place famous for its swordfish