After all these revelations, I took a whirlwind tour of the National Art Museum, which had two fllkors of a wide variety of paintings, including some interesting contemporary stuff and some Russian dada collages. There are many parks, including a strip along the canal, filled wth sculpture from deco to cubist. And finished off the night by going to the opera, in the gilded and maroon-velvet decorated opera house. My feet are killin' me, but I know the layout pretty well by now...lots of squares, each with its clubs, cafés, and bars, winding narrrow streets with enormous cobbles...the architecture is all over the map - some reconstructed after the war, but some very old churches, some 17th C., and of course a lot of colorful and histrionic terra cotta and art nouveau, even outside of the designated district.
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