Relais Cascina Scottina
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... stuffed ravioli's. And then also some more wine, of course. After we ate, we went to see 52,000 legs of ham hung in the factory. So happy we went to see those AFTER we ate because it was so smelly, but I really do love prosciutto. A lot like parmigiano reggiano, prosciutto de parma is specific to only that region. If it is made elsewhere in a different way, it is just plain old prosciutto.
Honestly, when ...
... 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!
... seen this spectacle of love, indulgence, companionship, status symbol show off, exercise reason, advisor with the shopping, mobile doggy bag (for those times when one doesn't like what one has ordered!), and of course pick up line for that girl (or guy) one has always fancied! Parma's dogs...... Nearly as important as Parma's violets!
How different to the dogs of Ireland!
... de resistance...... La Scapiliara ....a drawing of Umber, amber greened and white lead on panel by no less than Leonardo da Vinci. She is stunning. Joy spent ages with her nose about 6 inches from this marvellous work studying the colour, the shapes, the brushstrokes and the beauty. An artists dream....to get so close to an old master with no alarms going off, no staff telling one to keep away and also being able to photograph it (no flash of course).
... towns too. The shops have Florence level prices, but there is little evidence of this sort of prosperity and the style that it can afford.
Now we appreciate of course that we have only been here 48 hours. Many would say that we have no right to make such conclusions on such a short stay, and certainly these are only first impressions, not second thoughts. Parma has indeed much commend it. Some fantastic art in the galleries and churches, ...