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  • Day4

    Climbing the Duomo

    April 14 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    470 steps up and down to the best view in Milan at the top of the Duomo while the cardinal says mass.

    Dinner from Zia Esterina Sorbillo. If you think pizza is good you’ve got to try fried pizza at the bargain price of 3.50 euros. Add a peroni and a stool in the next door piazza. What more could you ask for.Read more

  • Day1

    Mailand

    August 2, 2021 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Der erste Halt unserer Reise ist Mailand. Obwohl sehr gut mit dem ÖV von der Schweiz aus erreichbar, war Pascal überraschenderweise noch nie dort! Unser Hotel ist etwas ausserhalb des Zentrums, aber mit der gut funktionierenden Mailänder Metro sind wir ruckzuck in der Stadt. Wir erkunden Mailand zu Fuss und sehen uns schon mal das Castello Sforzesco und weitere Sehenswürdigkeiten an.Read more

    Sonja Ebbe

    E Guete🍕🥗🍷

    8/2/21Reply
     
  • Day2

    We’re there. Where are they?

    April 12 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Ariah was pretty sure our airport hotel was 5star when she saw the breakfast buffet. Multiple torte, juices, meats and cheeses.
    We wrangled public transport to get to our accommodation and waited for the owner to hand over the keys… and waited … and waited… and had a pizza and birra… and waited… until we finally realised it was il scammo. A quick change of plans and several thousand euro later we arrived at our luxury back up plan, dropped off our backpacks and headed to see Leonardo DaVinci’s Last Supper.Read more

    Are they there yet

    2022

    4/13/22Reply
    Are they there yet

    2009

    4/13/22Reply
    Tracey Palmer

    Classic il scammo 🙈 Does your very expensive travel insurance cover il scammo? I like the pics

    4/13/22Reply
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  • Day3

    Panzarotti, Piazzas and Prada

    April 13 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    This morning we had another deluxe buffet breakfast and then we were off to a walking tour around Milan. The tour guide was really informative and kept everyone engaged with some Britney lyrics and judgy history nerd quips. Definitely the right person for our family. We saw the stumbling stones which acknowledge victims of prejudice in history, we learnt about the history of the largest cathedral in the world (tad excessive in my opinion but still very beautiful). We went to the golden triangle where you could look at (but never touch) the designer clothes and stores like Prada and Gucci. Dad spun on Torino’s Bull’s balls for good luck. Then we went to Panzerotti Luini a store with delicious Panzerotti suggested by Prof. Falconi. I got a sweet chocolate and pistachio but I was kinda toucan once I saw everyone else’s warm and fluffy savoury panzerotti.
    Afterwards, I got two vintage scarves and Ariah got a ring that she lost a record number of 4 times in the next two days. Then, we got gelato from a scary lady and I spoke Italian with her. I was so nervous but I think she understood me. That evening we went to a pasta restaurant and we’re served by a very clever lady that noticed our tired blank faces we’re capable of saying much except ‘si’ and up sold everything.
    Di keyala
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    Tegan C

    She finally got the chop!! Me likey!

    4/13/22Reply
     
  • Day9

    Ankunft in Mailand

    September 19, 2021 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Nach gut 6 Stunden fahrt sind wir dann zum Abendessen in Mailand angekommen wo wir uns gleich etwas frisch gemacht hatten um dann zum Essen zu gehen und danach noch kurz über den Domplatz sowie durch die Galleria Vittorio Emanuel der 2 zu gehen. Bevor wir den Abend im Whirlpool im Zimmer ausklingen lassen haben.Read more

    Edeltraud Grocholl

    Euch allen geht. es gut.

    9/20/21Reply
    Edeltraud Grocholl

    Auch die Eltern erleben schöne Momente mit euch.

    9/20/21Reply
     
  • Aug29

    Mailand

    August 29, 2021 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    04:30 Uhr. Der Wecker gibt das Startsignal, denn um 6:07 Uhr startet der Zug vom Duisburger Hauptbahnhof. Vor etwa 7 Jahren ging es auch von dort los, da aber Richtung Warschau und dann mit Haken und Ösen über Moskau und mit der Transsib über die Mongolei in Richtung Südostasien. Wenn Du nicht gut geschlafen hast, sind etwa 10 h Anreise doch hart, auch wenn ich mir ein 1 Klasse Ticket gegönnt habe. Nach einem Spaziergang zum Dom lasse ich den Tag austrudeln. Morgen geht es dann mit dem Zug über Turin nach Susa.Read more

    Markus Peter

    Viel Spaß Meister

    8/29/21Reply
    Charliene

    Für den Sonnenschein und die Temperatur hat sich der Aufwand der Anreise aber gelohnt 😉 Entspannten Abend 😘

    8/29/21Reply
    Fenja2016

    Hab einen schönen ersten Abend 😀

    8/29/21Reply
    Jochem Wirthschaft

    Das San siro habe ich mir a bisserl anders vorgestellt 😁

    8/30/21Reply
     
  • Day33

    Travel... and travel.... and Milan

    July 26 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    This update encompasses 2 days for us. Yesterday was mostly travel with an overnight stop in Paris. We had to first get our cars back to Rouen from Caen. Last time we were taking the backroads, but this time it was all highways and toll booths. The speed limit on these French highways is 130 so we were just buzzing down the road. I am not sure what I prefer. Scenic drive but narrow winding roads and slower speeds... or blinding speeds, multiple lanes but so much traffic. Anyway, it was nice to experience both. And we managed to get our cars back with no accidents so that is a win.

    We hadn't purchased our train tickets back to Paris yet as we were still trying to decide... do we go straight to Paris, or do we go to Giverny first. It was a tough decision but the stress of high speed highway driving and with the prospect of a long travel day the next day, we decided just to get to Paris. So we booked our tickets and we were off.

    All in all it was a pretty uneventful day. I don't think I even took any pictures. We got to Paris, bought some metro tickets for the trip to our hotel as well as our trip the next day to the train station, and then headed over to our hotel. The room was great and spacious which was nice. We wish we could have stayed there longer. We found a place around the corner to eat and enjoyed a very nice, long lasting, unhurried meal on their outside patio. After that is was off to bed because we had to get up around 6 am in order to make sure we got to our 7:26 train to Milan.

    The next day everything was going well. We arrived at the station really early, got some breakfast and some lunch for the ride, got on the train... and... sat there. A breakdown on the line had us delayed for well over an hour and a half. It wasn't bad though. We watched downloaded content on our phones and just waited it out. The train ride after that was beautiful but they put this wrap over the whole train to advertise stuff but it ruins some of the view. Oh well.

    We arrived in Milan and it was hot. 35 degrees I believe. We checked in to our Hotel. Here, we had to settle for 2 rooms which ended up fine. We could do with a little time away from each other 😉.

    Once settled we walked down from here to the Milan Duomo. It was about a 40 minute walk but hey.... it's Milan. After taking in the sights for a bit we were off to find food. In the end we walked all the way back to our hotel and found a place to eat across the street. Everyone enjoyed their Italian food and then we were off to our rooms to relax and have a great sleep.

    Tomorrow we are off to La Spezia as our launching point to the Cinque Terre. Another travel day so we are looking forward to being able to settle a bit there. And the sights should be amazing. So off to bed. Chow Bella.
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    Kim Schmidt

    Amazing once again!! food looks scrumptious!!

     
  • Day5

    Le parka de Prada

    September 21, 2021 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Entre le parvis de la cathédrale et le théâtre de la Scala se trouve la « galérie Vittorio Emmanuele II », une sorte de passage couverte géante et dédie au … luxe, représenté aujourd’hui par Dior, Gucchi et autres LVMH.
    Le bâtiment est impressionnant.
    Les tarifs aussi.
    Je me suis brièvement intéressé à un parka de la marque Prada - mais à 3900 € j’ai fait un petit pas en arrière
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    Sarah Debald

    Aïe pour le prix

    9/21/21Reply

    Rassasiés de beau et de bon, merveilleux [Genevieve]

    9/22/21Reply
     
  • Day34

    De Nice a Milan

    August 6, 2021 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Hello les amis,
    Voici le récit de nos derniers jours qui nous ont menés jusqu'à Milan.

    On nous avait prévenu au départ de Nice, il semblerait que l'Italie ne soit pas reconnue pour son hospitalité pour les voyageurs itinérants. Il ne tient qu'à nous de tester cela et renverser la balance !?

    Un changement de pays, cela implique également de nouvelles habitudes. La Siesta, mais également la barrière de la langue que nous n'avions pas rencontré jusqu'alors. Nous apprenons donc le minimum syndical pour échanger.

    Nous voici donc en route pour Turin. Nous sommes subjugué par le paysage : un plateau tout a fait plat, entouré des Alpes qui donnent envie de s'y attaquer. Ces montagnes nous guideront pour la suite du trajet, sans jamais nous y confronter.

    Nos premières demandes de logement confirment les dires: les Italiens ne sont pas enclins à nous ouvrir leur jardin. Nous ne savons pas trop si cela vient de la barrière de la langue ou d'une incompréhension de notre besoin. Nous optons dès lors pour le camping sauvage.

    Nous prenons quelques jours pour visiter Turin en goûtant au confort d'une auberge qui nous permet également de faire quelques agréables rencontres le temps d'un soir. La 4eme ville de pays ne nous transcend pas par sa richesse culturelle.
    Nous continuons alors notre route.

    Nous voici à une bifurcation : soit nous continuons à suivre l'eurovelo 8, suivant le Pô jusqu'à son Delta, soit nous cédons aux attraits touristiques de Milan, le lac de Garde ainsi que Vérone. C'est pour cette seconde option que nous optons. Car choisir c'est renoncer, nul ne sait ce que notre traversée de l'Italie aurait été si nous étions resté sur l'itinéraire initiale.

    Nous restons dans la campagnes italiennes. Personne ne parle anglais et il n'est pas facile pour le moral d'essuyer tous les refus pour planter notre tente. Nous nous sentons seuls dans une pays pour lequel nous ne sommes que des anonymes. Nous avons eu très peu d'échanges en cours de route et nous arrivons à Milan.

    C'est donc sur cette bien triste image de l'Italie que nous arrivons à Milan. Heureusement, les semaines suivantes furent bien plus réjouissantes.

    Nous visiterons Milan pour la journée. Ce qui est bien suffisant pour nous. A vrai dire, nous sommes devenus allergiques au tourisme de masse et a faire la queue pour prendre des photos. Nous faisons route pour quitter la ville et c'est là que, au détour d'une ferme, un fermier nous propose un bout de chemin privé pour passer la nuit...il y a du changement dans l'air!
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    Robert Lefebvre

    Parce qu'on revient d'Italie, parce que j'ai la tête pleine de souvenirs de cyclovoyageur, j'adore. Merci de poursuivre mon rêve. Bob

    8/30/21Reply
     
  • Day55

    The Last Supper

    July 2 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    One of the most anticipated events of our tour of Italy happened today. Prior to researching every corner of Europe we had no idea that Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper was even a work of art that was open to the public. It's housed in its original location (since it is a fresco and they're kinda hard to move) in a relatively modest church in Milan.

    It's home is the Santa Maria delle Grazie. This church was the private family church of the Sforza family. They invited Da Vinci, from Florence, to paint the Last Supper in the church's refectory (it's not in the church itself).

    We couldn't get tickets, because it seems that tour guides buy up all the tickets, so we did have to book a tour. The tour guide was actually petty insightful. Why is this painting so famous? Apparently it was petty scandalous back in the day. Take a look at the link below. It's probably a better write up than I will, but it shows The Last Supper painted by Domenico Ghirlandaio. Our tour guide had a photo of the same painting. It was apparently pretty standard for the day. The Apostles showed no animation whatsoever. Also the order of the Apostles depicted was always kept consistent in paintings, showing Judas directly across from Jesus.

    http://arthistoryblogger.blogspot.com/2011/09/l…

    Da Vinci's painting broke one of those barriers, giving the Apostles life and animation and depth. Jesus' mouth is depicted slightly open as he is supposed to be captured in the exact moment he is stating that one of the Apostles will betray him. One of the more interesting parts of the painting are the three Apostles to the left of Jesus. Judas is seen with his elbow on the table. He is being pushed to the side by Peter. Peter was considered a protector. He is whispering to John, the youngest Apostle, who is closer to Jesus, to ask Jesus who is the betrayer. As he whispers, you can see he's clutching a knife with the hand behind his back. In doing so, he is exposing Judas to us by pushing him into the foreground.

    Also of note, both Judas and Jesus' hands are out-stretched towards pieces of bread on the table. It is meant to show that they shared the Eucharist as friends that night before the betrayal.

    Opposite, the Last Supper there is a painting of the crucifixion of Jesus. It's funny, no one seems to care about that painting.

    Lastly, the Church and its refectory were bombed in WWII thankfully, preparations were made just in case, as shown in one of the pictures of this post. They supported the wall of both the Last Supper and the Crucifixion with scaffolding and sandbags and that fits the trick. Most of the two structures were reconstructed after the war.
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    John Emerson

    Is this Milan ?

    7/2/22Reply
    David Du Buron

    Yep

    7/2/22Reply
    John Emerson

    was not sure. thank you.

    7/2/22Reply
    David Du Buron

    Sure, no problem. Sorry I didn't make it clear.

    7/2/22Reply
     

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