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Piazza Della Scala

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  • Day1

    Day 1 in Milan, Italy

    November 16, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Today was our first day in Milan. I am joined by Maria on this trip, and I suppose that it's a girly weekend. We got a bus from Bergamo airport to the city centre. Then we checked into our hotel which is in a good location. After this, we headed out to explore around Sforza Castle. The sun was setting and they had orange lights to brighten up the castle. We found a park area at the back exit of the castle, and went to sit down and talk. This is one of the things I usually miss out on when travelling solo. Travelling usually makes you think about things that you normally wouldn't . So when you travel solo there is nobody to share your thoughts with.

    After unwinding on the park bench, we went back out in search of something to eat. We ended up getting a glass of red wine in a restaurant. Maria wanted to eat there but I didnt. The menu didnt have anything that I wanted...or any of the best Italian dishes. It was more like "roast potatoes with chicken" and "cheesey gnocchi". I can make those at home in England. When I travel I like to try things that are not easily cooked. So we left and found somewhere else to have a meal.

    We agreed on a cheap traditional restaurant around the corner from our hotel. I ordered a seafood pasta with mussels, and she ordered spaghetti bologese. The food was absolutely delicious!. We ordered another glass of wine and then went back to the hotel. wine in Italy is VERY strong. The 2 glasses we had today were enough to send us into a deep sleep.
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  • Day2

    Day 2 in Milan, Italy

    November 17, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Today we ended up doing a lot of shopping instead of sightseeing. The quality of clothing is so much better than back in England. We could feel difference when trying clothes on. So I went over budget and bought some clothes. But it's worth it because they will last long. After this we went to an Italian lunch buffet. Free coffee was included so we got free espresso's. We also got a glass of red wine for €3...because why not right?

    After this we did a little bit more shopping and then headed to the Duomo cathedral. We got a ticket for the rooftops which were beautiful. I have never seen anything like this before. I think that we came at the best time of year because the lights in Milan bring a lot of life to the buildings. It really does look breath taking sometimes.

    Anyway, we finished our day with a trip to the Navigli canal area. It is full of restaurants and bars. We had dinner at a pizzeria, where we split our pizza in half. Then we had some drinks (limoncello and aperol spritz).

    We got very drunk...again, and ended up getting one of the last trains back to the hotel. I honestly feel like I will come back to Milan just to do some shopping. I want my whole wardrobe to be Italian.
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  • Day3

    Plans go astray

    August 30, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    A very frustrating afternoon trying to get consistent answers from Trenitalia regarding getting the bike on one of the train sectors the following day. ‘Booked out’ seemed to be their fall back position. After much angst I decided I’d wing it and see if I could sweet talk my bike on (it is Italy after all)....

    The downside would be that if I couldn’t get on (or got booted off the train) then I’d forfeit my prepaid accommodation in Rosenheim and have to find somewhere else for the night and reschedule a different place to meet up with the others.

    Also my arm/wrist continued be painful after my bike mishap 10 days before on a Sydney ride. Consultation with Dr Google suggests it could be badly sprained or I could have a fractured scaphoid in the wrist! Either way I needed to purchase a wrist support so that was an interesting exercise in visiting multiple chemists.

    Next issue was that being a flat bar bike the hand/wrist position aggravated my injury so I had to find a bike that stocked accessories and bar ends. A cycle across the city over the dreaded cobbles and tram tracks was so painful but found the Decathlon sports store and got the necessary bike bits.

    And to top it off, the dinner at the ristorante (which looked promising) was truly underwhelming. I mean how hard is it to make a decent pasta diviola in Italy!

    Happiness Factor: extremely low right now
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  • Day1

    Milan

    August 28, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Warm weather welcomed me to the lovely city of Milano. Picked up my rental touring bike - which came with the worlds biggest heavy duty bike lock (and that was their lightweight one!). Successfully navigated back to my accomodation - but was very wary on the cobblestones and across the tram tracks - I felt like a tortoise compared to the locals who zip round at speed without a care in the world.

    So you’re meant to shop in Milan...so I did. Was it for designer fashion, elegant shoes or handbags? Unfortunately nothing quite so glamorous just some adaptors whilst checking out the flagship Apple store - and this one didn’t disappoint with a spectacular entrance worthy of its location in the mecca of fashion!
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  • Day2

    Mooching in Milano

    August 29, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    A visit to the Duomo and the roof terraces was a great way to start the day. Inside - stunning marble floors and 52 soaring gothic columns and after 250 steps up to the high roof terraces - spectacular views of the 96 gargoyles, 135 spires and 224t statues.

    Fun Facts:
    • The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete
    • If the statues were placed on top of each other, they would reach a height of about 5,300 metres
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  • Day2

    More Milano

    August 29, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    Next stop was Galleria Vittorio Emanuele where all the high end designer brands are showcased under the fabulous glass domed roof. Too bad they didn’t get any business from me that day!

    I nearly missed the famous La Scala opera house. From the outside it is an unremarkable building. Perhaps on another visit I will get to see the sumptuous interior or even a performance.Read more

  • Day2

    Explore Milan

    June 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Day of Milan started early based on our family standards. We were out by 9am. We started with a breakfast at Panarello,we had absolutely loved it, Ordered coffee, and croissants and ate it on the counter as others.

    We decided to use Uber or taxi for our internal commutes. I understand the metro, trams and buses make the city very accessible. It is $1.50 for each trip each person, but a day pass is about $8.50. Given the heat and seeing how crowdy some of the trams were, we decided to avoid it. Uber is about 1.5 times the regular taxi. Later in the day we found out at about the MyTaxi app that is like Uber but for local taxis that are cheaper.

    We started our day at Milano Di Duomo. After some initial pictures went to the tickets of office. Bought Duomo Pass A which allowed us to go up to the Terraces via an elevator instead of the stairs. $16 for adults and $8 for kids (6-12). After getting the tickets we headed straight to the Terrace as I had read in one of the blogs that the Terraces tend to get really crowded. In case you want an Audio Guide which I would recommend then you need to go to the Cathedral first as the Audio Guides available only in the Cathedral. To return the Audio Guides you have to come back inside the Cathedral but can avoid the lines if you tell them you are going to return the guide. Both the Terrace and the Cathedral were grand and absolutely awesome and definitely worth the visit. The cathedral especially, the high ceilings, beautiful walls of stained glass, and the large gothic columns were utterly breathtaking. We truly enjoyed learning about the history; thanks to the Audio Guides.

    After the Duomo we passed through the Galleria. It is truly remarkable; the high arches, shopping and restaurants. But it was all high end brands and amazingly expensive. Although we didn’t buy anything only strolled through the mall the unique architecture was enchanting and the place was a mustsee.

    After the Galleria we headed for lunch. Adi and I both were looking forward to this place for a while. It was recommended by a friend and had some amazing reviews online. We headed to Luini (http://www.luini.it/). You HAVE TO try the panzerotti. We got a bunch of different ones to share. Pesto and Mozzarella was the best. GREAT LUNCH. No place to sit here....we had to take our food, we sat on stairs near by where bunch of others were eating the same stuff. But I would suggest to go to the nearby Piazza della Scala...very close by where there are benches and tree shade. We saw it later when we were headed to get Gellato from a place suggested by our Taxi driver. Grom on Via Santa Margherita. After a little difficulty when we found the shop, we were disappointed to see that this place was closed for renovations. Instead we got Gellato from the neighboring shop which looked very fancy but were not too impressed with what we ate.

    With our Gellato in our hands we walked towards Castello Sforzesco. It was hot and walk made us tired. It was about 1pm. We considered going back to the apartment and coming back in the evening. But decided to take a break in Spizzico. Bought some waters and drinks and relaxed in the back of this fast food restaurant where they had a lot of seating the back. We spent nearly in an hour here relaxing playing video games etc. And Shailaja took some time to check out the nearby shops.

    After an hour we headed to the Castle. I think we all were dealing with jet lag in addition to the heat. Even though the castle and the museums inside are nice, we were a bit like zombies walking around. After the Castle, we skipped the Sempoine Park as originally planned and came back to the apartment to relax / sleep. We were back by around 5pm.

    After sleeping for a couple of hours, showers, etc. we headed to Navigli for dinner. What an amazing place by a canal. People kayaking in the canal. Open restaurants and bars lined up all along the Canal. We decided to get greek food at Greek Fusion. This place had great reviews and it lived up to it. After dinner we walked along the Canal, stopped to get some Gelato and coffee. Even at 11:00 pm on Wednesday night there was a lot of activity. We soon headed back and were back in the apartments a little before midnight.
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  • Day39

    Milan

    July 7, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    When we got to Milan we went straight to the famous duomo and got a full pass. We first went up to the terraces. It was an unbelievably cool experience! I felt like Quasimodo from hunchback of Notre Dame walking along the gargoyles. I realize I probably shouldn’t say that because that movie took place in France not Italy but hey it’s what it reminded me of! After walking around the very intricate rooftop we went down into the cathedral. The cathedral was massive and much different than the other churches I’ve visited so far since it’s architecture was much more gothic. We then went directly below the church to the archeological site that was recently excavated and saw things such as the old baptistery and funeraries. After that we went to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuel II which is the high end shopping mall in Milan. We didn’t bother to walk into any of the stores since all the designer stuff is well outside our budget especially after this trip. We did however enjoy seeing the beautiful arches and buildings. We also each did the good luck ritual there which is to put your left heel on the balls of the bull mosaic on the ground and spin three times counterclockwise. Dad had a very ...umm interesting technique as seen in the video. But hey he did it so it doesn’t matter how it’s done, all that matters is that you get the good luck! We then did a quick gelato shop on the way to see the last supper painting. Seeing the last supper painting is a very regulated experience. We had to get our tickets weeks in advance and we were given a 15 minute time slot to see it with a small group of people. The painting itself shows a decent amount of signs of aging and deterioration, yet was still amazing especially with how well Da Vinci did at capturing a different emotion on each of the faces. When our 15 minutes were up we went back to the duomo to enjoy an afternoon aperol spritz with a view. The bar we went to was definitely a tourist trap since it was right outside the duomo, however the view was great and it was nice to people watch. After that we made our way to the grand canal in the hipster Navigli district. When we got there the streets were alive with many people! We saw a huge group of people all dressed as Luigi which was hilarious! We went to dinner in the area at a place called Taglio. We had fried buffalo mozzarella as an appetizer which was basically a fancy mozzarella stick. I had a Milanese risotto which was tasty. At the end of the meal we ended our last supper in Italy right, with limoncello! I view limoncello as a better version of how in the states we give mints at the end of a meal. America needs to step up its game, limoncello definitely has it beat! We then spent the rest of the night walking around the beautiful grand canal and made another gelato stop. I was sad to have to say arrivederci to Italy, especially the food! But it is not a goodbye, it is a see you later!Read more

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