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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!
... 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!
Today we slept through the first alarm....well Joy turned it off and snuggled back down into the very comfy bed......so the net result was we started our tour of the galleries a little late. But it really didn't matter.
The Galleria Nazionale of Parma is in the Palazzo Pilotta - an expanse of building and grass with colonnades and trees about 5 minutes walk from our hotel. Of course the gallery is on the 2nd floor so there is an expanse of stairs to climb, even ...
Today was the day to visit Parma's main art gallery, and, as it turned out, the day that Joy found herself nose to nose with a drawing painted by Leonardo da Vinci. She knew that it was in the gallery but thought it would be behind armoured security glass and so on. Oh no, she was quite literally nose to nose with a da Vinci - for the second time on this trip - so she was understandably on an artisitic high when she finally emerged from the gallery. ...
Yep, moving on day, to Parma this time, so an early start, after an excellent dinner last night. Up at 6am so that we could breakfast, pay hotel bill, bring down luggage etc by 8.05 for the taxi that was booked to take us the short distance to the bus station for our 8.30 bus to Pesaro. Seemed daft really to take a taxi for what is essentially a ten minute walk....but this walk is a big hill down and with four suit cases would have been a ...