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... There we found a Temple to Zeus (or the remains of said temple), an Amphitheatre, a Temple to Asclepios, and then walking through the ancient city, there were bathhouses, old houses with mosaics, and all sorts of interesting stuff. Though, when you are walking around an ancient city, you have to have a pretty good imagination to see what used to be there because these days, all that seems to be left are the foundations. But courtesy of the start made by German ...
... 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 ...
... of note and beauty to Joy to study and write about.....but this one small painting was in her head.
3 hours later she wandered out the gallery, tablet full of notes,head full of colours, compositions, brush strokes etc., and Bianca Sforza....and strolled down the hill to meet Michael for lunch.
Then chatting about their respective visits he asked "....and what did you think of the Lapis fellow?"..... Who?......and the cartoons by Carracci ...
... 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 ...
... that the restaurant was only 4 minutes walk from the hotel, even in the snow.
Anyway, we duly timed a snack at the right time so we would be hungry enough for dinner but not too hungry as to be past it. Very clever bodies :-)
At 9.15 we left our hotel wrapped up like Eskimos and slithered the short distance to the restaurant, taking extra care on the slope down to the building itself! The two rooms were already ...