Palermo, Sicily

Located in the North-West of Sicily is the city of Palermo. Big, green mountains lay in the background of the city's beautiful architecture. Old, mediterranean buildings full of character and paired with the odd palm tree gives the impression that I'd travelled to a tropical paradise in Hawaii or South America. The architecture is reminiscent of Malta's cobbled winding streets, there are elements of Paris's quartiers de luxe Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Rome's fleets of vespas leading the traffic on every main road....

My friend and I stayed in a quintessential traditional Italian Hotel named the Grand Piazza Borsa that was only 15 minutes from the Main train station. The interior was like a roman palace; as you enter you are welcomed by an open-air courtyard surrounded by columns with a fountain in the middle.

We headed out early each morning after breakfast to see the city. On our first day, we took the good ol' Sightseeing Bus Tour; €20 hop on hop off at all of Palermo's most cherished landmarks. Here are some of the sights that we saw on the bus tour.