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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Bologna Day 10

Day 10 - Thursday - Today was Modena day.  Again took the bus to the train station and then took the the train to Modena -- almost a 1/2 hour ride. 

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Train was much more crowded than the one to Ferrara as it goes out to Parma (cheese and ham capital) and beyond.  Arrived in Modena about 10 am and took Bus #11 (as instructed by the bus ticket clerk) to the old town center.  Well little did we know that bus #11 has several routes.

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First go round on bus #11 -- maybe we should have gotten a clue as the bus was so empty!

So, we got a tour of the outskirts of the city before we came through the train station stopping point then on to “centro.” 

Modena (the vinegar capital) is a city where the streets are much closer together and the maps a bit harder to read.  The clusters of streets form a human maze. Luckily, Allan accessed google maps before we got to the city so we could navigate via GPS.  As we walked around, we came upon another market place.

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We bought some snacks (mini pizzas) to hold us over until lunch and they were absolutely delicious.

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 Piccolino pizza -- yum!

Modena is a picture post card city and here are some of the highlights.

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We visited the Duomo before lunch as it was closed from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. It was absolutely spectacular. It was built in the eleventh century of dusty pink marble and has been restored to (almost) original beauty. 

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Inside, was a small alter down a few stairs.

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We then walked up the stairs to the main alter area which was surrounded by beautiful hand-carved frescoes. 

Walked the streets and viewed many store windows -- much jewelry, shoes, eyeglasses and clothing.  Very upscale and beautiful items. Walked around to find a lunch spot.

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Allan's lunch - gnocchi -- drizzled with Modena vinegar.

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Donna's lunch -- was supposed to be risotto -- guess I'll definitely have to bring my iPhone translator next time.

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Lynn's lunch -- check out those fabulous plates -- the lunch was fabulous, too.

Did some more walking before we headed back to the train station.

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Military academy being restored.

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Greenway on walk back to the train station.

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Mosaic with gold pieces on one of the arches of a closed church.

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Color on color. The buildings were alive with color.

A great day trip from Bologna -- Donna

 
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Bologna Day 10

Day 10 - Thursday - Today was Modena day.  Again took the bus to the train station and then took the the train to Modena -- almost a 1/2 hour ride. 

10:1Modenasign.jpg

Train was much more crowded than the one to Ferrara as it goes out to Parma (cheese and ham capital) and beyond.  Arrived in Modena about 10 am and took Bus #11 (as instructed by the bus ticket clerk) to the old town center.  Well little did we know that bus #11 has several routes.

 10:2Bus.jpg

First go round on bus #11 -- maybe we should have gotten a clue as the bus was so empty!

So, we got a tour of the outskirts of the city before we came through the train station stopping point then on to “centro.” 

Modena (the vinegar capital) is a city where the streets are much closer together and the maps a bit harder to read.  The clusters of streets form a human maze. Luckily, Allan accessed google maps before we got to the city so we could navigate via GPS.  As we walked around, we came upon another market place.

 10:3Market.jpg

We bought some snacks (mini pizzas) to hold us over until lunch and they were absolutely delicious.

 10:4PicolinoPizza.jpg

 Piccolino pizza -- yum!

Modena is a picture post card city and here are some of the highlights.

 10:5StreetScene.jpg

10:6StreetScene.jpg

10:7Flowers.jpg

10:8AllanGPS.jpg

10:9Clocktower.jpg

10:10Spire.jpg

We visited the Duomo before lunch as it was closed from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. It was absolutely spectacular. It was built in the eleventh century of dusty pink marble and has been restored to (almost) original beauty. 

10:11ChurchArches.jpg 

10:13ChurchAlter.jpg

Inside, was a small alter down a few stairs.

 10:12ChurchLowerLvl.jpg

We then walked up the stairs to the main alter area which was surrounded by beautiful hand-carved frescoes. 

Walked the streets and viewed many store windows -- much jewelry, shoes, eyeglasses and clothing.  Very upscale and beautiful items. Walked around to find a lunch spot.

10:15AllansLunch.jpg

Allan's lunch - gnocchi -- drizzled with Modena vinegar.

10:16DonnasLunch.jpg

Donna's lunch -- was supposed to be risotto -- guess I'll definitely have to bring my iPhone translator next time.

10:17LynnsLunch.jpg

Lynn's lunch -- check out those fabulous plates -- the lunch was fabulous, too.

Did some more walking before we headed back to the train station.

 10:18AlleyArchway.jpg

10:21LunchenSpot.jpg

10:22MilitaryAcademy.jpg

Military academy being restored.

10:23Greenway.jpg

Greenway on walk back to the train station.

12:25RoundedSpires.jpg

12:26Mosaic.jpg

Mosaic with gold pieces on one of the arches of a closed church.

12:27ColoronColor.jpg

Color on color. The buildings were alive with color.

A great day trip from Bologna -- Donna

 
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Posted By Allan Douglas at 3:45 AM Labels: Italy, Bologna Add Comment closed Comments (0)