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... 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.... ...
... of the Mannerist and Baroque rooms being closed to the public today paled into insignificance compared to the pleasure of the half hour spent in front of this glorious little gem, almost being able to smell it!
Once the visit to the gallery was over then of course it was break for a strong coffee to try to get Joy back to earth before the next gallery..... The pinocoteca Stuard.....270 artworks in 22 rooms!!
This gallery is also a mine ...
... hotels (ours certainly is) some pleasant bars (we found one or two of those of course!) and at least two good trattoria style restaurants. Oddly enough, restaurants, of whatever price range, really have to be looked for - they don't pop up at every corner like many other towns.
Two other things you should know about Parma is the number of bikes, and the number of dogs. Bikes tool along the wide streets almost silently, and few ...
... made the Diocesan Museum, which sounds boring but is not, as it has a wealth of archaeological material, plus some treasures and statues moved there for safety. After this, being a bit tired after our early start, we opted for a short exploring walk and then an early dinner.
Parma is quite a large city, famous world wide for its hams and cheeses, and of course Parma Violet perfume and confectionery. It was strange at first, ...