Monthly Archives: May 2017

UNESCO. Sicily Baroque Modica & Ragusa, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and Trattoria with local homemade meals.

Modica Sicily, Duomo  San Giorgio

Modica, UNESCO World Heritage site, beautiful Sicilian Baroque town, where can be found Osteria die Sapori,a typical Sicilian store, full of local olive oils,vinegars, homemade citron marmalades & strong local Sicilian wines,  go thru to discover a trattoria that serves delicious food of Sicilian specialities. Some specialities need to be ordered www.osteriadeisaporiperduti.it

Ragusa, UNESCO World Heritage site, not far from Modica, or Syracuse,  up in the hills has another popular Family run Trattoria La Bettola. Goodies from that morning’s market, fresh fish, Octopus,  and delicious homemade Antipasti.

 

 

Palermo, Sicily, sumptuous Cappella Palatina, built by a Norman King, Roger 11, in 1130-1140

Palermo, Palazzo dei Normanni

Situated within the Palazzo dei Normanni (Palace of the Normans) the Cappella Palatina (Palatine Chapel) is the finest example of Arab-Norman art in Palermo. Built by the Norman King Roger 11 from 1130-1140. The chapel is decorated with sumptuous Norman-Byzantine mosaics. The chapel is on the second floor of the Palazzo.

 

Monaco Grand Prix. 4page supplement New York Times International Edition.

McLaren-Honda’s star driver, Fernando Alonso, racing in the Spanish Grand Prix in May 2017, where he finished 12th. Alonso will skip the Monaco Grand Prix this week end to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Photo Credit Mark Thompson/Getty Images.  Courtesy & with thanks Ian Parkes New York Times International Edition.

McLaren-Honda’s star driver, Fernando Alonso, racing in the Spanish Grand Prix in May, where he finished 12th. Alonso will skip the Monaco race for the Indianapolis 500. Credit Mark Thompson/Getty Images
There is no way to mitigate the disaster that this season has been for the McLaren-Honda Formula One team.

Now in the third year of the alliance, with Honda providing the power units, the opening months of this season have been deplorable. The team has yet to score a point after the first five races, and the list of technical issues has been embarrassing.

Since a revamp of the power unit over the winter, there have been electrical faults, water and oil leaks, and problems with horsepower. In the third race of the series, in Bahrain, the driver Stoffel Vandoorne failed to start because of a water pressure problem. In the next race, the team’s star driver, the two-time champion Fernando Alonso, also did not start because of a power unit failure.

And now the team is even allowing Alonso to miss the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday so he can race in the Indianapolis 500. Alonso will be driving the IndyCar version of a McLaren-Honda, run by Andretti Autosport.

Courtesy & with thanks Ian Parkes. New York Times International Edition. 4 page Grand Prix Supplement. Photo Mark Thompson /Getty Images.

 

 

35th America’s Cup yacht race starts off in the blue waters of Bermuda’s Great Sound

America’s Cup 2017 Images & txt  supplied with thanks Courtesy Americas Cup 2017

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Oracle and Team France line each other up in the starting box in Bermuda.

The 35th America’s Cup is officially under way.

After organisers were forced to postpone the opening day due to high winds on Saturday (NZ time), the battle for the Auld Mug finally kicked off on Bermuda’s Great Sound with defenders Oracle Team USA easing to a comfortable victory over Team France.

With Team New Zealand meeting both syndicates later in the day (Team France at 6.06am and Oracle at 7.05am NZT), they would have been eagerly watching on as the Americans flexed some early muscle.

Team France take a dip after losing speed around a marker and coming off their foils in race one against Oracle.
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Team France take a dip after losing speed around a marker and coming off their foils in race one against Oracle.

While the French outfit are led by decorated skipper Franck Cammas, they are regarded as the weakest of the six teams and were always going to struggle against Jimmy Spithill’s finely-tuned outfit.
Team New Zealand open their America’s Cup campaign against Team France and Oracle Team USA.
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Team New Zealand open their America’s Cup campaign against Team France and Oracle Team USA.

Still, it was an impressive display from Oracle, who used an adaptation of Team New Zealand’s cycling grinding platform to win by 2mins 11secs.

After the teams crossed the startline virtually neck and neck, Oracle quickly showed their class, extending their lead at each of the six legs and safely navigating the course to move on to the grudge match against the Kiwis in the fifth race of the day.

The second race of the day was a much tighter affair as the Swedish challenge of Artemis Racing pulled off a stunning fightback to edge Dean Barker’s Team Japan.

Courtesy and with thanks Louis Vuitton 35th America’s Cup 2017

 

Melania Trump swings into Taormina, Sicily, Uber Glamour for the wife of American President Donald Trump, in Sicilian inspired Dolce Gabbana outfit, coming up roses all over…

Melania Trump arrives in Sicily in totally Sicilian inspired outfit from the Italian design Duo Dolce Gabbana.Photo courtesy Daily Mail On Line. Photo courtesy AP

Melania Trump arrives in romantic Sicily resplendent in Italian design duo  Dolce Gabbana created outfit inspired by their traditional Sicilian culture. A collarless coat, Embroidered with colourful bejewelled flowers, reminiscent of the Mediterranean floral culture, worn over a shimmering pale pink dress, with matching high heel shoes and a custom made purse.

Sicily here we come. As  World leaders arrive for a tense G7 meeting. Taormina’s. San Domenico Palace hotel, a former Monastery is the venue.

The Trumps are staying at the historic Timeo hotel, with its stunning romantic views over the sea…..

American President Donald Trump’s first international tour as President will be remembered as much for the appropriate standout chic outfits of Melania Trump as for Donald Trump’s International standpoint……….

 

 

 

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