Eye Candy

The Off-Season Charm of Palermo, Sicily

by Pauline Chardin

The best linguine alla vongole ever. All photos by Pauline Chardin

We love seeing the world through the lens of The Voyageur, one of our 24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites 2014. We asked Pauline Chardin, the fashion designer and photographer behind the blog, to let us in on some of her travel photo albums from time to time. She whipped up a batch from a trip to Palermo, Sicily, that she took at the start of winter. 

I was told Palermo was as authentic as they come. I was told that I might not recognize Italy. It sure felt like some remote and exotic version of the Italy that I know. The atmosphere of the city is spellbinding.

We arrived at night — which is how it should be done everywhere, if you ask me — and were instantly taken. The busy streets, the penumbra, the intricate silhouettes of the balconies above our heads, the warm air. The more passionate moments for me are usually the firsts, when every detail seems enchanting and you’re in a hurry to take it all in. Let’s just say that Palermo made a good first impression.

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