National Geographic : 1943 Sep
ratc *Kastamonu S.Karabk Corum /Adapazarl *"ankirt lskdar +"595 Yozat" 8 18 Beypazari Ankara: " an'dirma +Olympys .' * Baesir Esiehir , Kirehir iBalkesir KY bkT .U RKEY ilenAkIaisar io Konya Nide. aIn1sa Civril roas ire* -Ar D S ^ *Denizli lsaMe Lero MuIaBe Alanya " Axis Strongholds in Dalmatia, Albania, querors, their architectural styles combined and harmonized by the Normans, who brought its gayest and most prosperous days to their capital in Sicily. Through modern streets rattle gaily painted carts, some of whose scenes are as Norman as the Bayeux tapestry. Around the world are scattered souvenir miniatures of the Sicilian peasant cart. They bring back gay memories of Sicily's bright skies and the silver glint on ancient olive trees; of colorful picnic parties, like moving bouquets, riding away to the hills; of honey gold Grecian temples whose ruined majesty aica Halfiya Pass E Dab'a E lamei S Libian Plateau Ca A Q attara ElFaiyum. a Giarabub*\ E Dep Y ssion Be a.Siwa Befl S an a r ert Siwa Oasis ElMinyaJ DI)raiwnby I . E . East d and Irwin Alleman Sand Greece Lie Open to Allied Bombs dignifies the rolling hills. On the brightly painted panels of the carts is reflected an age of knightly Normans, skilled in chivalry. After being schooled in the French lan guage and manners in Normandy, Scandi navia's Northmen arrived in Sicily about the time when William the Conqueror was mak ing 1066 a forward step in English history. In Sicily the Norman task was not to im prove a backward land, but to harmonize the cultures of Tyre and Sidon, Athens and Rome, Constantinople and Kairouan. Modern Pa lermo is a living monument to their success.