Well, last time we left at the beautiful canals at sunset.
The following morning we headed back to the Duomo, now covered in all the right places so we can enter the cathedral. The stained glass windows are marvellous. Colour bursting through these individual hand cut pieces are just immense. Due to notices asking you NOT to take photos unless you purchase a wrist band to do so I observed this unlike many others. On this occasion I will let your imagination run wild! The cathedral is huge, lots of nooks, cranys, cribs and statues to keep you occupied.
We then paid €7 each to climb up onto the roof of the Duomo. All 137 steps – phew, I wish at the top I had water with me – not the fittest bunny! The views are stunning – you will get a great skyline of Milan. The architecture on top of the roof is just as impressive if not more. At the time of our visit, one part of the roof was closed off for restoration. You can get a lift up to the top but this is said to be small and can have a bigger queue than the stairs! It cost around €12 per person. If you have height issues – the roof is very high and Mr C was having a touch of vertigo, so please bear this in mind. I normally am ok but there was a set of stairs that I went up but gave me the shakes and it can get crowded on the roof so please take care!
So once we came down all these steps from the roofs we were in need of some lunch, but really needed a drink. Unfortunately for drink we stopped at a rip off along the shopping street down from the Duomo – €7 for a can of peach tea each! Just a warning – avoid if you can as most of the food is frozen and not fresh!
After our expensive peach tea, we were on look out for a touch of lunch and stumbled upon Salsamenteria di Parma and what a find! This place serves up italian meats and cheeses in style! It wasn’t going to be our only visit as we were back the following day – oh hell yeah! This visit I had burrata and Spalla Cotta di San Secondo and shared some polenta chips, gorgonzola and parma. Mr C had mozzarella and parma which he enjoyed. They give you a couple of dips and nice bread to accompany you meats and cheeses – all very delicious! We skipped on the wine this time and had water. After lunch we decided to head back to the apartment as we had Pearl Jam’s Concert that evening – yes I did say Pearl Jam’s concert!
This was one of my first ever Pearl Jam concerts and I don’t think it will be the last. I loved it. I’m not a follower of their music unlike Hubbie – but I do like it. It’s up at the top of my concert list now. And I’ve made a mental note to listen to Pearl Jam’s albums a bit more. One annoying issue was the t-shirts on the merchandise stands were on the small side (even the Large size was small). So missed out on the opportunity of my first t-shirt -boo! I can’t wait until they tour again!
It just made our 5 year Wedding anniversary unique and even more special when the leader singer was celebrating an anniversary with his Wife on the same day!
Look out for part 3/3 later this week!