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Sep 28, 2017 - Pilgrims of the Francigena - well partly

We have been very busy being pilgrims, exercising our legs and exercising our taste buds! Booked into the Torino hotel in Parma to begin this journey and meet our group over a glass of Prosecco. Can you believe all Australians, and Mark is the only male other than Gabriele our guide. They are mostly professional, some retired, all with an interesting life story. They are a great group. Majority of them from W.A. We are getting right into drinking espressos throughout the day. Particularly enjoyed one here, serve in precious Rosenthal cup...

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May 31, 2017 - Parma

Sunday: So we came to the end of our Croatia tour. It was hard saying goodbye to some of the group, especially Jan and Merryl as we had enjoyed their company immensely. But by 10am we were in the taxi to Mestre station and then on the FrecciaRossa fast train to Bologna. After a change there to a regional train we arrived at Parma about 1.30pm. We took a taxi to our hotel even though it was not far as we were unsure of directions. The Hotel Palazzo Dalla Rosa Prati was located in the Duomo square right next door to the Baptistery. Part of...

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Oct 4, 2015 - Prosciutto, parmigiana and Verdi

After a late breakfast we met Salvatore in reception at 10:15 as arranged. A driver with a minivan awaited without and we were soon on the way to Langhirano, about 20 km away, which is the 'home' of Prosciutto Di Parma'. Of the 164 factories that make the officially certified prosciutto more than 100 are centred on this town. We joined an Italian tour group and were given a 30 minute talk, with some slides, on how the prosciutto is made and packaged. After this our guide had the presenter do it all again while Salvatore translated....

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Oct 3, 2015 - Venice to Parma

Today we left Venice to join our tour group in Parma. It actually took us two days to realise that our hosts Marli and Mauro actually did live in the apartment. Both they and their little dog Lulu were so quiet that most of the time we did not know that they were there. It was on the morning of the third day when I got up that I saw Marli go into the room, that I had thought was an office, after preparing our breakfast. We never got to meet Mauro who left each morning before 6 and returned after 9. Our trip to the station was uneventful...

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Oct 1, 2015 - Maserati driving at Parma

Hello everyone We went to Parma for a two days Maserati driving programme called the Master GT. We had bid for this in a charity auction in a moment of unconstrained excitement. The auction was to raise money for disadvantaged children to learn music. If a child has talent this can be a path to confidence or a career option. The Maserati programme is run on a race track that is used for actual race events as well as for training events for various manufacturers like the Maserati Master GT and Maserati High Performance. Ferrari run events...

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Averill and James

Jun 8, 2015 - Parma - Lucca

We had a really quiet day today. We left our hotel at 8.30am and drove to the beautiful town of Lucca. We were dropped off at the old city wall and Katarina walked us in and showed us around a bit and then shouted us all a gelato! There was a piazza built on the foundations of the old amphitheatre so all the shops and apartments form an oval around the piazza. There were beautiful shops and restaurants and churches and we had a couple of hours to look around. All the shops eventually closed for their siesta and we found a cute pizzeria and...

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Nov 24, 2012 - Parma

Our adventure in Parma was doing our laundry! We found a Lavenderia, which was a little hole in the wall of a place. The manager was very kind, and we managed to figure out what to do in spite of language barriers. The washing went fine, but after three rounds with the driers and dozens of euros, our clothes were still not dry. So we hauled all our stuff the the hotel and draped them over everything! They were dry by the next morning, fortunately.

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May 15, 2012 - Parma, Northern Italy

We had a nice week in Parma. It, like most Italian cities had plenty of beautiful churches, galleries and museums as well as a couple of splendid theatres. With a population of about 178,000 it is a very vibrant and clean city. With the university here, there are plenty of young people as well. And on the one night we went out late, we found everyone very well behaved while having fun...unlike the gold coast.! Parma is famous for its food and rich gastronomical tradition. Parmigiano cheese and Prosciutto (Palma Ham) are from this area. Its...

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Europe 2012

May 9, 2007 - Milan Stopover

The Madison Hotel is luxurious and only 200m from the station in Milan. I must admit, I have lost track of where I am periodically. It is four star and we are having a sabbatical before Rome and the Insight Tour. We had a bad night here, in spite of the exclusive room. There was a nightclub on the premises, and it was open until four am. The patrons made their noisy farewells outside our room, waking us. This was one of the problems with last minute bookings-there is always a reason the rooms have not been booked at full price. However,...

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ANNE and TASH'S TRIP

May 14, 2006 - Another Day on the Flat

The Po Valley is very industrialised and if it's not got a factory on it then the fertile land is used for farming. Every inch of the valley is used to produce something and is the Industrial heart of the country. Old Piacenza was beautiful. The outskirts are like any other modern city but the center is wonderful. It's been hot the last few days and it's starting to take its toll. I was grateful when I arrived in the shaded walk ways of Cremona, the home of the violin and it's most maker Stradivarias.If I thought Piacenza was beautiful then...

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