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... the Ducal Palace (though why she needs alcohol when she is so high on art remains a mystery!) and then returned to the hotel to relax and freshen up before dinner.
Tomorrow we move on to Parma (famous for its cheese) by way of a four hour taxi, bus and train trip. The actual travel time is much less than this, but of course you have to allow for connections etc. Meanwhile, enjoy the blog and the photos ...
... among others....talk about starting with the big guns! Being that early in the morning the place was nice and quiet and this was an art lovers dream......one person, one room and lots of favourite artists.
Between this room and room 22 there was only one other painting placed on Joys notes, all others were lovely to look at, but not worthy of study as they did not fall into her category. Then there was room 22 - some sort of exhibition/notes on ...
... a good menu of local dishes, and very reasonably priced: three courses, plus wine, dessert and coffee, came to 41.50, and could not have been faulted. We reckon on going back there tomorrow.
Speaking of which, that will be our last chance to visit the town's National Gallery, which has been closed for the holiday so far. Hopefully it will be open tomorrow, as it has several paintings by Joys boyfriends and it is in the beautiful and historic Ducal ...
... sitting with a mouthful of it (halfway through it) trying to swallow it but not able to squeeze it down into any spare digestive space. We swore we wouldn't need to eat for a week!!
At 11.56 all dirty crockery was cleared, an espresso was brought, and drunk, and our glasses were filled with bubbly as the bells chimed midnight and the band in the square outside started up .....magic experience.
Afterwards, having ...
... we more or less stumbled upon our hotel, which turned out to be very high standard. We sat outside and shared a beer before negotiating the challenge of how to get up into the ancient walled town above. Looking at it from below, I could appreciate how the Italians (back in the day) had failed to conquer it. It is the oldest republic in the world. Our plans to take the cable car were dashed by the receptionist when she ...