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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:46 pm    Post subject: Sicily Reply with quote

After all of the letters so many people on this forum helped to translate, past and present: Carol, Luca, Livio, and others as well--my wife and I will be flying to Sicily tomorrow (16 days total including travel). I had hoped to make it to Belmonte Mezzagno as we will be a trivial 10 or 15 miles away while in Palermo; however, the members of the family cut off communication quite some time ago and haven't responded to any of the overtures I've made. Sad, without their help I have no clue where my grandfather's house is, which I was told still remained in the extended family. It seemed I might get a glimpse at the other side of the conversation that was unraveled here between my grandfather and his brother; nevertheless, I will enjoy as much of Sicily as I can.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:14 am    Post subject: Re: Sicily Reply with quote

I wonder if they aren't talking to you because of the crazy Inheritance laws you might own part of your grandfather''s house and they don't want to share?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:35 am    Post subject: Re: Sicily Reply with quote

That is exactly what several people have told me. I have written specifically to this assuring them that I only want to visit and photograph the house, meeting relatives if possible; however, I was born in the US and have no intention or desire to live in Sicily. My grand father was the first born male so I imagine this certainly only complicates matters; cultural differences surface in strange and unexpected ways.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:12 am    Post subject: Re: Sicily Reply with quote

Hopefully, they will get it through their heads and meet with you. Good Luck!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Sicily Reply with quote

We are leaving Palermo in the morning. Our guide, a native Sicilian made several calls and follow up calls to potential relatives. One contacted had begun researching the family history so there is an outside possibly for later contact. I gave my email address and link to my website where I upload my research. In Sicily one must be flexible; so I wait. Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:31 am    Post subject: Re: Sicily Reply with quote

Best of luck to you!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Sicily Reply with quote

We are now in Taormina and we have loved every moment we've spent here. Even managed a phone call with a cousin.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:21 am    Post subject: Re: Sicily Reply with quote

Glad you were able to contact your cousin.
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