Thursday, October 16, 2008

Lately I've been watching a lot of Commissario Montalbano on both my local Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) and online, via video on demand in an effort to virtual vacate and augment my Italian lessons. It's favoloso! The television series is based on the books by Andrea Camilleri, set in a fictional town in Sicily. The best part about the TV show is that it's all shot on location, in Sicily. So in addition to sharpening your Italian, you get to see Sicily. It's like a travel show and a murder-mystery movie, all in one! So anyhow, after watching yet another episode of Montalbano last night, I thought I'd take us on a quick trip to Sicily today. I don't know about you, but I think this photo is gorgeous. The color, the texture. The only element that gives me sad pause is wondering and worrying about the dog. Is it someone's pet? Or is it one of the many homeless cats and dogs one reads about in Sicily and elsewhere in Italy?

Your comments on this image are welcome, and encouraged! And a question for the photographer - anadah - if s/he is so inclined: Is there anything special about this moment, day, trip, or place beyond what you've shared on Flickr that you'd like to add or comment on here? Along with other vivaca visitors, I would love to know more!

Location: Palermo, Sicily★
Photo courtesy of anadah


  1. Okay, can I watch it online? Or do I have to be hooked up? I need to find out, your description sounds ideal!

  2. Yup, you can watch the show online. Or any of the many shows available for free online, via - It's so cool! Use the link in the post and you're all set. Enjoy!

  3. To add to the above, more specifically:

    1) Click on the Commissario Montalbano link in my post.

    2) Select from one of the 14 episodes in the right-nav menu. There might be more or less as time goes on; I have no idea what will do with this page in the future. But for now, there are 14 episodes to select from. You'll need a high-speed DSL or cable connection to the Internet to watch them; which most folks have these days.

    3) To select from other programming in Italian, scroll to the bottom of the page and under the heading "TV" click on "Video on Demand". You'll now have 12 or so pages of shows to surf through and select from. The nav between the 12 pages of choices is small, and towards the top of the first page.

    Buon viaggio!



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