Vacation Milan: June 2014 Pt 1/3

It’s known for being one of the fashion capitals’ of the world and it’s huge Duomo cathedral as well as the fantastic food and its fabulous Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II.

Yeap you guessed it, Milano!

BOY did it spoil me too!  Our four-day vacation in this marvellous city was a touch hot weather wise, but we somehow worked through it.  It’ was more the mozzie bites (both of us), sprained foot (him) and blisters (me) that nearly defeated us.

The people were nice too, also the transport was timetabled and stuck to schedule unlike Roma!

We ate at a few lovely restaurants that we would highly recommended if you were to go to Milano.  I’ll talk about them in this and the next couples of posts as well as some of the sites.

When we arrived at the airport there was a wee wait for our hold luggage to come through, but after that we choose the shuttle coach to get into the city.  It’s faster than the train and arrives and departs at the same terminal (terminal 2).

Arrived at the Airport!
Arrived at the Airport!

Once we had arrived at the apartment (via air bnb), we located the supermarket our host recommended.  It’s called NaturalSi and stocks organic and health food.  It was on the expensive side, so we got some things and decided to locate another wee store/grocer in the other direction, which had everything we needed.  The neighbourhood where our apartment was is really close to the central station and had a good range of restaurants, shops and is nearby a couple of metro stops.  The apartment has a wi-fi dongle, which you can take with you whilst out and about the city, so you can check-in on yelp and other social sites as well as check out the maps online without roaming charges!

The apartment was basic but had a small kitchen and breakfast bar, double bed and a separate shower/ toilet room.  It was clean and tidy – but was missing the remote for the air con!!  But we survived.

We also grabbed a slice of pizza and sat in a nearby park for a quick-lunch.  The pizza was ok, I have to say I prefer the less thicker dough in Roma.

Milano Pizza
Milano Pizza

The first restaurant we choose was Al Tavolino and was just round the corner from our apartment.  We both had a starter each and then shared a meat platter (it was big!) and desert (a lovely tiramisu – we ate it too fast and forgot to taste a photo beforehand – it was that good!).

Meeeeeat!
Meeeeeat!

A visit to the Duomo was short-lived next day to get inside as I wasn’t covered on the shoulders (forgetting that it’s still a place to worship and they don’t care if you are too hot, hence flashing too much skin!), so we left it for the next again day.  As the Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II is right next to the Duomo, we wondered through the beautiful structure into the Leonardo Di Vinci exhibition that Mr C pointed out the day we arrived.  The exhibition was good.  I had to listen to the audio (which was an american speaking English with a twang, so had to concentrate even harder over other people discussing in Italian – which is hard considering my hard of hearing!) as the information panels were in Italian – oh the drama 😉

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The Duomo – grand isn’t?!!
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Outside Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II
the lovely glass ceilings
the lovely glass ceilings
Neighhhhh!!
Neighhhhh!!
Inside the famous shopping mall!
Inside the famous shopping mall!

After the exhibition we stopped for lunch at a typical Italian lunch place.  It was busy, but there was a couple of seat to relive our feet and sweaty bodies.  After a plate of pasta (him) and mix of griddeled veg (me) and lots of water and peach tea, we set off and wandered through Castello Sforzesco admiring the old walls and the gardens where we sat for a wee while planning our next day.

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The gates to the Castello

In the evening we caught the metro near to the canals – Ripa di Porta Ticinese, where we dined at one of the many bars that was offering a buffet and a cocktail deal.  Me forgetting the strength of the cocktails got light-headed quickly – hic!

Buffet my heart out!
Buffet my heart out!
The canals at night!
The canals at night!

NEXT POST – Part 2/3 of Milan

 

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