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April 8th 2008
Published: April 8th 2008
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Beautiful tree in front of the CastelloBeautiful tree in front of the CastelloBeautiful tree in front of the Castello

I just loved this tree, both the color and the shape. It framed the Castello so nicely I thought.
Today was the big day in Milan. I took a bus/walking tour of Castello Sforzesco, the Last Supper, Duomo and La Scalla Theater. Seeing the Last Supper was something I really appreciated. Just standing in the refectory where it is was an experience I can't describe. We had to pass through several air locks in order to access the room and then the same to exit. Of course there were no photos allowed, but I will always remember it. The Castello was interesting, but not too noteworthy. La Scalla Theater was interesting, as we were able to see a ballet rehearsal in progress as well as take a tour through the museum. I thought we would tour through the Duomo, the 3rd largest cathedral in the world, but we just looked at the outside and talked about it. There was a group of high school kids from Foligno, Italy, so the tour moved more slowly and was given in Italian and then English. Although the kids made up the majority of the tour, they were a good group of kids.

After the tour was finished, I took the lift up to the top of the Duomo. I thought there would
Garden in the CastelloGarden in the CastelloGarden in the Castello

This was the living palace area of the Castello. I really liked these gardens and hope you do as well.
be an observation point or something, but there are paths and stairs that lead over most of the cathedral. I took tons of pictures, but today has been cold, overcast and is raining now. I have had good weather so far, so can't complain. After leaving the Duomo, I went to the same restaurant that I went to yesterday. The food was good and servers were friendly. Had penne pasta with salami, tomato sauce and Parmesan, and espresso I looked at the most wonderful leather jacket at a store. It fit like a glove, looked like a million bucks on me, and cost just slightly less than a million bucks. Even I wouldn't pay almost $1400 for a lightweight summer jacket no matter how loudly it was calling my name. Perhaps in another city I will find something equally great for less than my mortgage. lol

I am in the room writing this before heading out for dinner and the opera tonight. The seating at La Scalla is very unusual. It is all box seats, and appears that there are only small stools on which to sit. I hope I can sit still that long. I do tend to
Just meJust meJust me

This was taken while we were waiting to enter to see the Last Supper.
fidget. Hope you are enjoying the blog and pictures. Until later, Ciao.

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Statue of Leonardo DaVinciStatue of Leonardo DaVinci
Statue of Leonardo DaVinci

Between the Vittorio Emanuele and La Scalla Theater is this small park with a statue of Leonardo DaVinci. I sat here yesterday and wrote postcards.

This is the 3rd largest cathedral in the world and it looks it. Wow.
On top of the DuomoOn top of the Duomo
On top of the Duomo

The first of several. It was such an experience being up on this roof, seeing how worn down the marble is from centuries of feet.
On top of the Duomo On top of the Duomo
On top of the Duomo

And another picture from on top. This is only one section of the roof; it is absolutely huge.
One more of meOne more of me
One more of me

I had taken a picture of these ladies, so they offered to take one of me. I am on top of the Duomo and I promise, this is the last picture from up here.

8th April 2008

Can't wait to hear about the opera!
Hi there!!! Laughed out loud about the comment about the jacket. Chuck laughed equally hard. :) Just know even I wouldn't spend $1400 on a leather jacket!!!! :) LOVE the pics of the church. WOW! Keep the pics and comments coming. They brighten each morning. Love you!!!!!
8th April 2008

amazing sistah!!
hey B...........loving this trip "we" are on, well it almost feels like i'm there with you but then i've always had a good imagination. reading your blog is always the best part of my day. One of these days we'll have to make a trip over there together, maybe Vienna and Prague? Miss ya babe!!
9th April 2008

Great photos
I like the one of you in front of the cathedral, Great photo for the great thinkers room. The think tank.
10th April 2008

Nice coat
Hi B, If you spend that much on a coat please get it a size or two too big so that I can wear it when you come home. Got your email and am having a great time keeping up with your trip. Lisa at work can hardly look at it because she gets so jealous. Live the dream.

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