Because I was an invited speaker, I got to fly business class, which is obviously really nice for several reasons, including racking up frequent flyer miles. The view of the mountains from the plane was beautiful as we were about to land in Milan (Linate airport), but I was on the aisle, so I couldn't get a photo without reaching over people. I did get a few photos on the way out of Milan (Malpensa airport), though. Unfortunately, it was a bit cloudy, but you can still see some.
|Taking off from Milan Malpensa airport|
|Yes, there was a bidet.|
|Ducal Palace, just behind the hotel|
But I did get a photo of the chocolate gelato I got from Gelateria la Pilotta. I got mine in a waffle cone, but Heather and Mike both tried theirs on top of a waffle. They said it was really good, but it didn't look like they had as much gelato on theirs, so I was okay with my choice. Maybe I'll try it on a waffle some other time.
|Gelato al cioccolato|
|View from the Parma River (See the high mountains in the distance?)|
|View from stage|
|Galleria Nazionale di Parma|
|They used some nice lighting techniques in the darker areas of the gallery.|
|Leonardo da Vinci's La Scapiliata (it's actually quite small)|
The conference was very nice, and our presentation was well-received. It was nice to meet people and see that our work is used and valued internationally, as well as to get a better idea of what they do.
|Left to right: Heike, me, Heather, and Mike|
There was more to see in Parma than I expected (it's not that big of a city) and had time for (due to being at the conference most of the time I was there). It would have been nice to go on a free dairy tour (the timing didn't work out for that week), go to the opera, and see the cathedral and the Palatine Library, but I'm glad I got to see what I did.
In my next post, I'll talk about an excursion Heather and I took to Bologna on our last day there.