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0543 Traveling back in Time (Ita 062—new)

Parma Travel Blog

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In spite of my excitement to reach Switzerland, there are some “must see” cities I need to explore along the way.  And Parma is one of them.

 

In Parma I find my first “no vacancy” hostel… so it looks like I’ll be camping here, possibly for the last time on this trip… I’ve kind of gotten a bit soft these last few days, getting more used to hostels rather than roughing it… besides, here in the north it’s mostly big cities and open farmland--  not much place to camp out…

 

But first I’m going to take an evening stroll through town.  

 

I pull out my guitar in a large grassy park in front of the old sort of castle when I notice a commotion over near the gate.

  It looks like there’s some sort of medieval parade going on. I go over to check it out.

 

This is Parma’s full scale Medieval Reenactment.   They’ve got folks from all levels of Middle Age society--  lords and ladies, knights, squires, foot soldiers, musicians, jesters, merchants, peasants--  even prisoners in stocks. 

 

What I find particularly inspiring about this re-enactment, is that it doesn’t seem to be a show put on for the tourists.  This is just local folks getting in touch with their roots.  They gather in the large courtyard where the lords and peasants mingle, eating medieval era staples (and drinking Coca cola!) and browse around the candlemaking stall, the armoury and the medieval calligrapher…

 

It’s a wonderful little moment.  I must admit I’d always wanted to experience a medieval re enactment, and if you’re able to ignore the peasants talking on their cellphones and drinking Coke… The dimly lit courtyard still has the haunting feel of that era… And a band playing melancholic music from the Middle Ages on authentic instruments help you travel back through time…

 

Finally I decide to call it a night…

 

Next Day…

 

I start the next day out on the west side of town, in a peaceful park, a lake with an island monument in the center… the I set out to the south end where it looks like there’s a castle… not much to see except for the gateway…

 

Then I head back to the historical sector where there are some splendid cathedrals from different eras… Also an unusual, octagonal marble tower—sort of a medieval skyscraper…

 

I know Parma will not be so easily forgotten—even though my memory is getting a bit saturated…

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