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Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan June 12th 2013

We arrived on the outskirts of Milan yesterday, a fairly easy run with some spectacular scenery and miles of twisty roads and hair pin bends, Ollie loved it, Woolly and I weren’t so impressed. First job of the day was a trip to the airport to collect daughter Zoe, having told her to book a flight to Milan what we had counted on was the airport was at Bermango, a 45 minute trip! Woolly says – forty five minutes shouldn’t be a problem, well it wasn’t except for the stand still traffic. We sat in jams for what seemed like a week and with the clock ticking we were getting more worried about being there on time for the flight. As the traffic cleared Ollie went for it and we flew into a parking space just ... read more
Side view of the Duomo
Rear View of the Duomo
Up close at the Duomo

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan June 10th 2013

Den er stor. Den fylder det meste af byens lille centrum. I alt har den et hundrede og femogtredive spir, som hver i sær danner sit eget mini-museum. Katedralen i Milano blænder dig, når du som en blind muldvarp bevæger dig ud af den milanesiske undergrund. Dens hvide mamorfacade giver reflekterer solens stråler, når de falder derpå. Ligeså lys og strålende il duomo er udefra, ligeså mørk og dyster er der, når du træder indenfor. Muldvarpen bevæger sig ind i mørket, hvor den hører til. Som du bevæger dig længere ind mellem bænke af træ og søjler af marmor, fornemmer du magt og rigdom fra den katolske kirkes storhedstid. Milaneserne er stolte af deres velbevarede skatte. Hvert eneste element i den store bygning, som har den mindste værdi, er lyst op af små sports. Endnu tydeligere ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan May 23rd 2013

Milan, Italy. Italy was amazing. My first night there, I got into a fight in the underground metro with a bum. I had just arrived off of a train from Switzerland and was alone. My dad took a night train back to Paris from Switzerland, and I continued on. I'm getting off the train at the main train station, and I have the hostel directions (Ostello Bello, ranked number 1 hostel in 2012) and I am trying to buy a metro ticket to use the Italy metros. I put my coins into the machine against the wall, and there are people asking for money everywhere. Not just in the train stations, on the streets too. So my train gets in about 2:00 am local time, and the underground metro is deserted. You need this little ticket ... read more
Main Train Station
Fountain in front of Sforza Castle
Sforza Castle

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan May 20th 2013

After many hours of traveling, I can barely type, think or do anything but my Italydance. Just this moment I'm inspired by a glass of 2009 La Querciola Barolo. Sleepiness comes over me in waves crashing and pummeling me like the ocean. Now off to a family trattoria, La Spigola, recommended by the kind clerk here at BioCity hotel. Will report later.... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan May 12th 2013

Today we went to Lake Garda. It is a beautiful lake that looks over the mountains (and behind those mountains are the Swiss Alps). It also has a castle that has a draw bridge! We went on a boat ride across the lake and then from there we headed to Milan. We saw the Duomo Cathedral and went window shopping. We are all quite tired today but tomorrow we get to relax on the beach at La Spezia. Ciao!... read more
Lake Garda
Lake Garda
Lake Garda

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Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan May 9th 2013

Ciao !! Have arrived here Thursday 9th May after a very long flight!! Wonderful view flying into Milan over the snow capped Dolomites - awesome view! Managed to coordinate my way on to the train at Malpensa airport to Milano Centrale.. then managed to follow my map to the hotel where I am now waiting for my room. Will head off soon to do the Leonardo tour!! 22 degs here and wonderful!! Catch you all later!! Ciao!... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan May 9th 2013

Now 9.30 and just arrived back to the hotel after an exhausting afternoon! The whole tour experience was amazing and to actually stand in front of the Last Supper and know that you are standing in the same room as Leonardo had been, is quite an experience. Because they are trying to retain the fresco without having to touch it up too much, you go through three chambers which are climate controlled to help maintain the atmosphere. It was truly an amazing work of art - along with all the other pieces, Botticelli, Raphael, Titan..... Stayed with two other ladies who I met that are from QLD and are actually leaving to go to Paris tomorrow - we found a bar and had an aperitif and free tapas which is offered for happy hour! My tour ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan May 7th 2013

Well now Tuesday and one more sleep!! Packed - unpacked - repacked - unpacked....Hate this part of it!Weather will be mixed - starts coolish and by June will be quite warm.Have had a great weekend of enjoying company of many people who mean a lot in my life - we all had a ball! Will miss you all while I am away, but will remember the fun we all had last weekend. First stop is Milan - arrive there Thursday morning 8.30 am - then full into it. Have a tour organised for the afternoon to the Leonardo Da Vinci gallery and the Last Supper. looking forward to that so much. Will check in after I have been there to share the experirnce with you all. You can message me on this site at PRIVATE MESSAGE ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan May 1st 2013

So now 2 weeks becomes 1 week - I don't think the excitement has hit me as yet... maybe when I close my suitcase it will feel real!! When I get ot the Airport... and check in.. and use a gift given to me ! A complimentary access to the QANTAS club lounge!! Way to go!... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan March 25th 2013

Forsa Italia!! Being a huge football fan, my impressions of Italy has always been of their famous football players, and their solid rock defence, especially in the successful quest for World Cup success in 2006. Big names like Pablo Madini, Alexandro Nesta and Gianluci Buffon come to mind. Fast forward a few years later and mixed experiences will shape my impressions when asked about this much-raved country as a tourist destination. Honestly, going into Italy after unforgettable times in Switzerland is always a challenge for the former to live up to expectations! We were looking forward to Italy for a few reasons. One is the highly rated trip to Venice. Another will be to see iconic monuments such as the Leaning Tower and the Colosseum. And of course, to also try their world-famous Gelato. Okay, this ... read more
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