We had plans to visit Parma and Lucca this weekend. We didn't want to lose out on our paid hotel room, so we decided to make it a very relaxed overnight trip.
After spending the morning at home, we finally hit the road south toward Parma at 1pm. It took about two hours to get there. We didn't really know much about Parma, except that it is the home of the famous cheese and Parma ham. We found the old city center and strolled through the city for a few hours.
Brandon was so excited to tell me something about a computer game, that I took pictures of his animated story telling.
Unfortunately, we felt as though it was just like any other Italian city. The architecture was interesting. The food looked good. The churches were huge and ornately decorated, but they lacked anything that made Parma stand out on its own. On our way out of town we discussed various reasons we felt this way: 1) We have visited so many Italian towns in the past two years, 2) Neither of us was feeling very well, so we think that was affecting our general outlook as well.
It took another two hours to reach Lucca, where we would spend the night. Our destination, Hotel San Marco, was a great refuge from the rainy weather we hit as we drove to Lucca. After checking into our room, we drove inside the city wall and went hunting for dinner.
We walked through the Area Pedonale (pedestrian zone) and found K2 Pizza. Once again, I don't know if it was because we were sick, or what, but it didn't taste all that special. Not bad, but not special. After dinner we strolled around a bit more before finding out car and heading back to the room to sleep.
Hopefully tomorrow will be better.