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Cinisello Balsamo

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    • Day4

      Frühstück in Monza

      August 30 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Der nächste Tag ist erreicht.
      Und wir haben ein echt super gutes Frühstück kredenzt bekommen, die Unterkunft Besitzer sind super freundlich und echt zuvorkommend.
      Und wieder möchte man eigentlich nicht weiter, doch dann würden wir viel verpassen.
      Nun denn die sachen sind gepackt und gleich geht es weiter
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    • Day3

      Hotel Monza

      August 29 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Wir hatten das Glück eine unglaublich schöne Unterkunft für diese Nacht zu bekommen.
      Die Besitzer aind super freundlich und das zimmer hat einen richtigen romantischen Tatsch. ❤️❤️

      Die Nacht wird sicher hervorragend bei klimatisierten 20 grad 😁😁Read more

    • Day3

      Stage 3 is in the books

      August 29 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Die 3 Etappe ist abgeschlossen. Heute hatten wir die erste Brücke nach dem Start. Die Ponte St. Michele.
      Auch die anderen Aufgaben wurden alle gemeistert. Der San Bernardino Pass hat wirklich Spass gemacht auch unserem Fahrzeug unserem JP geht es gut. Bisher ohne Ausfälle alles gut.
      Dazu die Bilder und Videos vom heutigen Tag.
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      Traveler

      👏🏻Glückwunsch Männers

      8/30/22Reply
       
    • Day2

      Tagesausflug nach Monza

      August 3, 2021 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Auf das versprochene Frühstück in unserer Unterkunft waren wir ja gespannt und wurden nicht enttäuscht. Da scheint es wohl einen gewissen Spielraum bei der Definition des Wortes zu geben. Wir bedienen uns natürlich trotzdem und machen uns dann auf den Weg in den Nachbarort Monza.

      Am späteren Nachmittag holen wir die Besichtigung des Stadtzentrums von Mailand nach.
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      Traveler

      ...und heute gibt's bestimmt ein Champagner Frühstück🥂

      8/4/21Reply
       
    • Day3

      Pirelli Hangar Bicocca

      October 30 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Der Pirelli Hangar, vornehmlich unter dem Namen Hangar Bicocca bekannt, ist ein Ausstellungsraum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst im Norden von Mailand. Neben wechselnden Ausstellungen ist insbesondere die Dauerausstellung des Künstlers Anselm Kiefer sehenswert. Die "Seven Heavenly Palaces" sind eine Installation von 7 bis zu 19 Metern hohen Türmen, gebaut aus Stahlbeton mit Schiffscontainermodulen. Der Eintritt ist frei.Read more

    • Day6

      Monza

      May 31 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Zwar waren wir schon vier mal bei Formel-1-Rennen seit 2005, aber außer den Park um die Rennstrecke haben wir noch nichts von Monza gesehen. Das änderten wir heute.
      Wir fanden schnell den wunderschönen Dom, der im 7. Jahrhundert erbaut und von der bayrisch-stämmigen Königin in Auftrag gegeben wurde. Er zählt zu den ältesten Kirchen der Lombardei und ist ein Nationaldenkmal. Sein heutiges Erscheinungsbild erhielt er durch Umbauten von Visconti um 1300 im gotischen und neuzeitlichen Stil. Der 75 m hohe Turm wurde erst 1592-1606 errichtet und passt nicht so recht zum restlichen Bauwerk. Das Fotografieren ist im Dom leider nicht gestattet. Denn auch das Innere ist mit seinen Malereien sehr beeindruckend.
      In unmittelbarer Nähe steht das Backstein-Rathaus Palazza Arengario von 1395. Kurz darauf entdeckten wir einen Rundgang, auf dem wir alle bedeutenden Gebäude Monzas ablaufen konnten. Unser Weg führte uns auch in die Touristeninfo, die uns sehr nett und zuvorkommend in italenglisch über alle Sehenswürdigkeiten und Feste der Stadt berichtete. Die Homepage von Monza ist so gestaltet, dass man über Google-Maps zu allen Highlights gelangen kann. Wir waren mächtig von der eher ruhigen Stadt überrascht.
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      Traveler

      Was für eine tolle Domfassade!

      6/2/22Reply
      DiePaubers

      Ja, sie hat uns aus sehr gefallen, da sie auch so unerwartet war.

      6/2/22Reply
       
    • Day38

      Milano

      May 15, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Saw the sights in Milan today.. Castello Sfrozesco, Parco Sempione, Il Duomo..
      Warm for us Brits here, even now and its only May!!
      We climbed the steps up to the top of Il Duomo (its cheaper) and the view was as impressive there as the interior.
      Saw all the Italian elite out shopping. Wandering past Prada in my primark trousers I must admit I mentioned to Stuart that if we cut out trip short by a month I could buy myself a bag...
      Hotel is really good - huge room and good breakfast - but onto our first night camping tomorrow. Heading down to Tuscany to attempt to erect the tent without our tent assistant Soph :) wish our marriage good luck!
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      Helen Price

      Steph do you mean to say you resisted the shops!!

      5/15/17Reply
      Helen Price

      Fantastic buildings.

      5/15/17Reply
      Our Year Off

      Yep they were very impressive, think there'll be more to come In the next few week with Florence and Rome coming up!

      5/15/17Reply
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    • Day131

      Made it to our hotel

      March 7, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 54 °F

      In the CUTEST little Fiat Panda. Brand new, just 7 kilometers on the car. But it's a good thing we cut our luggage in half. One more bar of soap and we would have had to get a different car.

      Hotel was serendipitously chosen as it sits atop a shopping center. We picked up a delicious bread cheese salad and wine dinner at the ipermercato Gigante. As we had no utensils save our Swiss Army knife and the hotel was curiously lacking any glasses, we channeled our inner 20-year-olds and quite enjoyed ourselves.

      We were able to replace the ONE AND ONLY doggoned cardigan I had packed in our frenzy to cut down. Must be sitting in the Atlanta airport. But it was on sale for ONLY 10 euros! The Ruth Nicoll Memorial bargain, updated for European inflation.
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      Karen Anderson

      Your first day photos are priceless!! Couldn't help but laugh as you embraced the moment with the Swiss Army Knife and large loaf of bread,the one plastic fork in the salad, and Gordon taking a swig of wine from the bottle! Made my day!

      3/8/17Reply
      Karen Anderson

      Thats the spirit!

      3/8/17Reply
      Traveler

      We both swigged with glee. The wine was 4 euros and delicious!

      3/8/17Reply
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    • Day19

      Magnificent Milano

      October 2, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      We arrived at Milan airport where the plane stopped about a kilometre from the airport arrival area. We were herded onto a bus with few seats and lots of standing room. It was pouring rain but not cold. The bus shuttled us to the airport building where we joined the long snaking queue through passport control. We grabbed our bags and bought tickets for the airport - city shuttle bus. It was a “put your bags in the cargo hold yourself” arrangement so I shoved our bags on, pushing other bags further into the hold. We found seats and the driver kept asking where people were from. A large number were from Boston, and each time someone from Boston boarded, the driver, who only knew a few words of English, would say “Trump” to which many passengers would laugh so the bus driver happily kept repeating “Trump”. The bus delivered us to Milano Centrale Railway. From there we needed bus 81 which would take us within 100 meters of our hotel. Google maps was not being very helpful but eventually a kind lady escorted us to the bus stop we were looking for. Of course you can’t buy tickets on the bus so I bolted to a Metro shop and bought the tickets. Bus 81 eventually arrived and we got on but didn’t know what to do with our tickets so we did nothing. We disembarked near the hotel but had no idea which direction it was as when we eventually found it, it was hidden by tall buildings on the main street. It also had rained the entire time we were trying to locate it. Checkin was straight forward and the room great. Must say the location is not the best being 5 kilometres from the city centre. Next door to the hotel, a building is being demolished so there is a constant noise from the smashing of concrete and brick. We decided to have a night in and get some rest after the early start. MDW insisted we have room service although the menu was limited and not much either of us really fancied. MDW said I should have the pulled pork with crispy vegetables. MDW said she would be happy with a bowl of fries. Our food arrived and when the menu says “crispy vegetables” it actually means diced pieces of carrot, celery and zucchini served raw and crispy. Still it was filling and our only meal of the day.
      Next morning we started with breakfast. I headed straight for the cornflakes, well more like anaemic flakes as they were almost white. In the bowl I added milk to the flakes and sat down ready to hoe into my cereal. Of course the milk was room temperature, something I should have remembered from our last visit to Italy although I thought it was Paris where I had the milk problem and Rome was ok. I managed to separate the flakes from the milk before filling up on toast and a bacon alternative of pancetta or prosciutto. The butter is also looking very pale, almost looks like lard. MDW was happy with her bowl of rock melon followed by almonds.
      Breakfast over we caught the Metro to the Centre of Milan. We walked up the steps and were awe struck by the duomo. The Milan Cathedral is a stunning building out doing the Notre Dame in Paris. It is full of sculptures and works of art. We strolled around this main piazza which is surrounded by all the big name fashion shops. We needed a Post Office for a stamp so Google sent us to one edge of the piazza. We found a postal box but no post office. I asked the security guard if this was the post office but he did not speak English. A couple of young guys offered to help, and told us the post office closed and is now a Starbucks. They didn’t know if there was a post office in the old part of Milan. Needing a toilet we went to McDonalds, always a reliable place for these facilities, but at the entrance was a large security guard so MDW said she wasn’t going in there. Using Google translator I searched for “toilette” but nothing close by showed up so an hour later we decided to venture into McDonalds as a last resort where we walked past the security guard who surely must be wondering if we are a serious consumer or just casing the place. This McDonalds had 4 or 5 seating areas and security guards in each area. I ask one of the guards where the toilets are and he tells us upstairs. This means we have to walk past the security guard at the entrance again but I have bought drinks and we walk confidently past this large figure. All this security seemed like overkill but still the coffee was extremely good and we felt very safe consuming our drinks.
      We did a bit of window shopping and determined to find a Post Office asked a lady with good English where a Post Office might be. She gives us directions, past Foot Locker, through the arcade then turn right. No her companion says, go through the perfume shop and you can’t miss it. Well we follow these directions and still no Post Office. We ask a lady near where the Post Office was expected to be only to be told there is no Post Office around here. What is going on with no Post Office in Milan?
      We even ventured to the outskirts of the old city finding ourselves wandering down many lane ways until after 6 hours of walking, we were worn out and headed back to the Metro to go back to the hotel. Before going to the hotel, we caught bus 53 to a LIDL supermarket to get a few thing for a simple dinner. This is not such a simple task, the bus stop was hidden around a corner and MDW still needs to remember the cars and buses drive on the other side of the road and a couple of times has stepped off the kerb only to quickly jump back as a car heads straight for her. This bus trip going past 13 bus stops, took us to a much slummier area of Milan. Google maps did a good job on the bus counting down the stops as the announcements on the bus are in Italian only where on the Metro an English announcement is also made. This area of Milan was filled with dated high rise apartments that probably started as modern living areas for the expanding city. Although we had tickets for the bus, still like everyone else that got on the bus, we never swiped or displayed our tickets. I don’t imagine the buses are free but no one seems to be paying. Shopping at LIDL was interesting as we used an online translator to make sure we were getting what we wanted. Bus 86 took us past 15 stops to a Metro where we had one stop before getting to our hotel. I think we are getting the hang of this public transport system in Milan. Tomorrow Florence and our hotel is in the middle of town. We are nervous about the hotel because we sacrificed comfort for location, will this be the right decision?
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    • Day7

      Hotel Da Vinci, Milan

      September 5, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Well what an adventure! We only just made it to Milan after almost missing our flight. We had checked in our luggage and were having a great time waiting for our flight when the fabulous Alitalia staff member who checked us in, and remembered who we were, came running to find us to get us on the plane. They had changed the gates and we hadn’t heard the announcement. They were just about to unload our luggage, so it was a close call. It was a bit embarrassing being the last on board.

      On arriving in Milan we had planned to take a train to our accommodation but it would have been two train trips so we decided to take a taxi. We enquired where to get a taxi from and as we were walking out to them, we were approached and told to go to the counter where our ride would be organized. Little did we realise that the guy talking to us about the taxi was actually a private car hire representative and we were getting ripped off – massively. €95 later and we arrived at our accommodation, Hotel Da Vinci. We certainly learnt a valuable and expensive lesson. One we would not repeat.

      I must say the Hotel Da Vinci is very different to the Villa Pantheon in Paris. Huge room and very modern, with a touch of quirky, compared to the very traditional hotel we just came from. A great big purple hotel and I couldn’t get over the purple grout in the bathroom. Both very unique hotels.

      Feeling a bit tired from the travel day, and with Brad dislocating his toes the night before, we decided to enjoy dinner and a drink at the onsite bar, which was quite nice. We then relaxed in our massive room, in preparation for the next few big days ahead.
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