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Published: October 11th 2013
Milan 6 October 2013
After dropping off Kerrie and Gemma at the Milan airport, staying with them until their bags were checked in, with heavy hearts but with wonderful memories, we hop into the deathly quiet motor home and drive into Milan (Milano).
As we were driving from the airport, Tom and I reflected on the fantastic time we had with Kerrie and Gemma over the last 2 ½ weeks. It was so good to be with them. Even though the motor home is very comfortable for 2, we coped well with the 4 of us. I slept with Gemma up in the alcove above the driver/passenger seat and Kerrie slept in the ¾ bed which is where the table is during the day, and Tom slept in the single bed which is the bench seat during the day. Once Gemma goes to sleep, a herd of elephants could go through the motor home and she wouldn’t know it. It worked well.
Storage-wise, we moved suitcases etc to the areas we weren’t using. We sometimes ate outside and a couple of times ate at the inside table. While we were driving, someone sat at the back with Gemma
and because she was sitting at a table, she always had something to do. She was amazing and never got bored or complained. She was a delight.
We also ate at restaurants of course, trying the local cuisine and wine.
Tom and I drove into Milan, found a park about a kilometer from the city centre. It was drizzling with rain but not too bad.
Milano is one of the fashion centres of Italy. Italy’s skilled artisans have been shoeing, dressing and adorning Europe’s affluent classes with the finest fashions since the 11th
century. The quality is magnificent and the design id beautiful and creative. Milan’s rise to the fashion mecca of Europe was simple due to its geographic position. It is also Italy’s capital of finance, advertising, TV and publishing.
We browsed through the stunning Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 11, with its immense archway. This neoclassical Galleria is a soaring iron-and-glass structure; it is the route between the Piazza di Duomo to Piazza di Marino and the door of La Scala. This is where we saw some stunning fashion. The walls of the Galleria were decorated with many frescos and of course, statues of the famous
We also saw the incredible Duomo Cathedral (build from 1387 - 1960) with its 138 spirals. It was spectacular from the outside but because it was a Gothic design inside, it was dark and dull. I didn’t take any photos inside.
We then walked through the numerous streets of the city but the rain was falling more heavily so we decided to return to the camper and head south where the weather was clearer.
Milan sits in a long valley which stretches across the northern part of Italy, in the Lakes District. To get to the Mediterranean (Genoa) where we were heading, we had to traverse a mountain range. Travelling on the motorway, the mountains are flattened out as the road goes through numerous tunnels. It kept raining until the last tunnel. We exited this tunnel, and the sun was shining and the sea looked beautiful. Oh how the sun shining makes one feel more alive. This also helped our somber mood caused by having to say goodbye to Kerrie & Gemma this morning.
We booked into Camping Villa Dorio near Genova, did 2 loads of washing and drying and had a very quiet dinner
in the camper.
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