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... cheese, and had a tasting with some wine. Everything here includes wine! I won't complain.
Next was the balsamic vinegar factory in Modena. Best balsamic in the world! But if you taste it on just spoons, wow...not good. I said it tasted a mixture of honey and black licorice. Strange and not good. However, the white vinegar was soooo good, if you've never tried it, I highly recommend!
We felt we needed an easy day today, for reasons explained later, and had an fairly late breakfast before strolling out to see the remaining churches and artworks in Parma. Incidentally, the trattoria we had intended to return to last night was closed, so we tried another - the Trattoria Tribunale - which turned out to be not only more pleasant, but also cheaper!
Anyway, this morning we went to the church of St John the Baptist, ...
... shop for underwear in Yamamay! They grizzle at each other, they growl, they ignore, they whine.... They prance, they drag their feet, they amble and loll, they patiently wait, they ask 'can we go now?', they can be an unhappy fella, they pee, they c**p..... They are a status symbol, a loved companion, a way of meeting people.....they are Parma's dogs!
Where else in the world ...
... 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 ...