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Today we are going to Parma by train. As with the last trip, the train left exactly on time. Let's hope this time it is not taken out of service mid-trip!
The train is very economical (around 15 Euros per person, per trip) but there are some trade-offs. There are no announcements once you are on the train confirming that you are on the right one. Also no personnel that we have seen. Passengers validate their tickets before boarding and although they must do spot checks, ...
... ones, with some fairly complicated train trips. But Joy will get to see the birthplace of her favourite boyfriend. Milan is only about 30 miles away, and we really could not pass by the chance to pay our respects to the great man.
More of this tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. Somebody famous said that didn't they?
Photos for this section of the blog are from Michael's wanderings. Joy's doggies are going up all on their own!
... back on the train. The ride through Tuscany was spectacular - almost like time travel as we seemed to go back 50 years. It's definitely a train ride to do, one for the list all you intrepid travellers out there.
Once we arrive, we are met by our mates Tim McGarr & Tim Davies. Tim McGarr has invited us to stay at his Casa for a few days and so we load up the Land Rover and head for the hills. It's a beautiful part of the world and it's a steep climb to Casa Lucia up ...
... so to speak] because when we last visited it in 2006, we were rushing to return a rental car and jump on a train for Rome. So that stop was very fleeting and to make matters worse, our camera’s battery failed after the first photo. So a return to Pisa was inevitable, even if a climb up the tower was not. When we arrived, we found a [small] crowd of about 3,000 tourists, all doing those stupid things such as posing as if they ...
... of our eyes, we saw a kebab place.
We really have a 6th sense for finding kebabs. It was like a kebab heaven. There were 3 or 4 places in a row, and they were likely the only places serving food for a mile around, so we went into the first one because the guy spoke english. This was where things got good; they had a kebab meal with fries and drink for 5 euros. Normally we've been paying like 5-7 just for the kebab. We each got the meal, and then Michael Tom and I both got ...