On Day 4, the gang checked out the gorgeous Cathedral of Monreale. This cathedral is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture on the planet, and its adjoining old cloisters are among the most well-preserved cloisters in all of Italy. To my delight, I found many lizards hidden in the cloisters, and I enjoyed following the various biblical and mythological stories engraved into the cloister’s framing column work. Pictured above is a hardworking man set on fixing up some of the old geometric tiles the church is famous for. As we have already noted, Sicily is a crossroads of civilization and thought, rendering it possible for there to be Muslim influences in buildings that have been used for Christian and Norman purposes. The thought artists put into the placement, creation and color of each individual mosaic tile, even during restoration, really inspires me.