Parma & Congressi Hotel
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... br> Parma is a city of just under 200,000 which is famous for its ham's and cheeses. It is also famous for architecture. The city is very pleasant and small enough to walk around, just like Brescia.
We had a walk around the city, a bite to eat and a few beers before returning to the hotel.
Mileage today - 62
Total Mileage so far - 1265
Last night Ian was trying to marry up his paper map with the route on my GPS. I was panning along the route looking at the tiny screen and then arrived at a section where the left-hand side of the screen was all blue. I asked Ian whether he had a big lake on his map to which the reply came that that was the Mediterranean! So, for the rest of the trip the Med will be referred ...
... get us to Parma......I then work out that the train to Recci is boarding so I need to find Rhid.....sure enough he's in the Information booth talking to a confused looking assistant. I tell Rhid we need to go....and I'm wondering why the assistant was looking confused. Rhid was one step ahead of me.....sure we get the train to Recci and get off at Parma but which train do we need to get on to get to Aulla........."Ah.." says I.... nope hadn't thought of that.
It's a ...
Up early and on our way to the Parmigiano Reggiano plant here in Parma.
The plant is roughly 3 kilometers North of town on the outskirts of the industrial district down a narrow paved road that would look like a private drive to a multi acre farm. The building is about 50,000 square feet and produces up to eighty-four wheels per day, everyday.
Production happens once a day (making up to forty-two wheels) and is like watching ...
... it everywhere. Walking through the old city you'll hear live music coming from the upper stories... mostly violins, but other instruments as well. Here people come from all over not just to learn to play music, but to make musical instruments. And these are made, not in big, streamlined factories, but in back alley shops. There's something very lofty and majestic about this place. To explore an old Italian city is one thing. To do it while being serenaded ...