La Locanda Bagnara
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... depictions of Jesus blah blah blah, was the Meridian line. The inside of the Basilica was less ornate than I have become used to, it was actually quite plain.
We had lunch at an Italian food court which was varied in choice - pasta, cold meats, cheese or cold meats, cheese and pasta or cheese, pasta and cold meats. We all shared one of each.
After the feeding frenzy of pasta, cheese and cold meats, we hunted down ...
... and one of the staff had spent time in Dublin at Blackrock College, so spoke great English with an Oirish accent. Well, an Italian one anyway! The really cute thing was the Nativity Scene (Presep as they are called here) where all the figures were fashioned with wine corks and caps. And then we noticed the shelf full of other, everyday, characters made in the same way. Very cleverly done. Joy took photos which we'll put in when time allows.
After this ...
... not one church, but seven. With a mind numbing history and architecture. Joy has taken a zillion photos, which we will try to load soon. One problem with this hotel is that the Internet is very slow for loading photos, and we have to pay for it. Hmmm - like being back in the Dublin tour hotels! We'll get them up as soon as we can honest.
Love to all, and many thanks for following our travels. Do keep reading ...
After many hugs and handshakes we said farewell to our good friends in Rome, and set off to Bologna. Trenitalia had again messed up our seat reservations - putting us back to back instead of side by side - but the train was fairly empty so it didn't matter, we simply moved seats! The first fun started at Florence when a group of Americans got on with simply enormous cases, and loudly asked that our cases be moved from the ...
... penny on it, but were not disappointed. Alessandro was our enthusiastic guide. We drove west from Bologna to Modena county and explored the holy trinity. No, not a church! We've seen enough of those. I'm talking cheese, vinegar, and cured meat here.
We visited a Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese factory, a Balsamic Vinegar operation, and a Prosciutto factory. We had to get up early to see the cheesemakers at ...