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... we made it to Parma and once we got there, the snow outside was so beautiful! Sometimes when I go on bus rides I look outside and it's just so incredible. There is nowhere in America that looks like this. I got even happier once we got out of the bus because after the spoonfuls of vinegar and a cube or two of cheese, I was pretty hungry and was greeted with a big plate of the best cured meats ever! Annnd spinach ...
... 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!
... bored, happy, grizzly, slobbery, all one thing in common....loved and shown off like some spoilt child.
If one sits or stands in a specific place anywhere in the city, one can photograph a dog every 5 seconds!!! Tried and timed!
In a cafe they are lunching.... They help go shopping for make-up.... They go clothes shopping in Zara.... ...
... one can go right up to the works in it and look closely at them) Also in this section are a couple of Annibale Carracci frescoes - also amazing. Then there is the Parmigianino painting "The Turkish Slave".....with all its intricate detailing and gentle doe like eyes.
Moving on slowly through the rest of the exhibits is a fascinating history of art in the Parma area with most of the names not recognisable as " greats" but "great" to the area. And then comes ...
... that was needed after the Allied bombing raids of 1943/44. Huge damage was done to the city, which took many years to repair. In fact some of it can still be seen even now, for example in the Palazzo Pilottta which houses the National Gallery. On a related topic, the city is full of memorials to the those who died in World War II, and the numerous heroes of the resistance to both facism and nazism. The city seems to lack the passion and drive ...