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Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan April 19th 2022

Well, hello, dear readers, long time no see! I have been busy with my new life in London- work is going well and we are all settled into to our flat. One major thing I have noticed is how cheap flights are from London to the rest of Europe. You can go to, type in your departure city, select "take me anywhere", and up will pop the cheapest flights for the dates you have selected. One night I was exploring the website, dreaming about a weekend trip somewhere, when I saw that in a few weeks from then there were 9 pound flights to Milan, Italy. These flights would get me there on Saturday afternoon and would then leave early Sunday morning, so I changed around some times and managed to find early morning Saturday, ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan January 24th 2022

I always wanted to share an evening at La Scala with Tanya. was going to happen few years ago...and due to last minute "administrative issues", I had to do it alone. Next, we bought tickets in October 2019 for a performance in mid-March 2020. This one never Milan was one of the first places to be hit by Covid. We never made it, the performance neither. They would not refund the tickets, so we just had to be patient...and wait for Covid rules to pass. So here we are, it's January 2022 and we booked using our "La Scala credit". This time we made it...and if you know me, you know I love to lend any kind of "upgrade"...and this one was pretty massive! Now a little on the inside of booking a ticket ... read more
Gorgeous Duomo....
Ok for the pic...but only with the mask...
I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan August 19th 2021

Bonjour à tous, Comme si je n'en avais pas eu assez de marcher, la trattoria de l'hôtel était fermée hier au soir. Comme à chaque fois je demande où aller, j'ai toujours la même réponse, tout près 4-500m. Bilan aller-retour, 4.6km. Obligé de retourner dans le centre de Vérone, pendant 2.5km absolument rien d'ouvert. Peut-être comme la France au mois d'aout, le pays s'arrête. Ce matin encore je peux partir assez tôt, et je suis à quelques minutes de l'autoroute pour Milan, super. Pour ça aussi ce doit être dû aux vacances mais le circulation est très dense, hormis quelque suisses, 99% d'italiens. Arrivé dans Milan, c'est mort, aucunes activités, sorti de l'autoroute plus de circulation. Je rentre dans la ville, par de grandes avenues pratiquement sans personnes, l'image qu'emploie les français, "c'est le 15 aout". ... read more
La Scala
Galerie Victorio Emanuelle II
Castello Sforzesco

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan November 28th 2019

Milan a city in Northern Italy, capitol of Lombardy the second most popular city after Rome, with a population of 3,259,835. It's continuously built Urban area has a population estimated to be about 5,270,000 over 1891 square meters. It is the leading financial center and most prosperous manufacturing and commercial city of Italy.... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan June 15th 2019

It’s Saturday – parkrun day. Today we’re going to Milano Nord parkrun in Milano Nord Park. This morning’s run has pros and cons. Pros: (1) it’s a scenic route (2) it’s flat (3) the participants are of diverse ability, so I’m not on my own at the back and have someone to follow. Cons: (1) there are a lot of other park users to avoid (2) my knee hurts (3) my lack of fitness due to injury (4) it’s bloody hot. But I persevere and make it to the finish line. There was supposed to be water but the fast runners have drunk it all. I hobble off to the supermarket dehydrated and grumpy. For breakfast I buy spoonable Gorgonzola. Cheese you can eat with a spoon! I love Italy. We return to the hotel and ... read more
Milano Nord parkrun
Milan Cathedral
Interior of Milan Cathedral

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan February 18th 2019

Found this statue of Leonardo DaVinci on a walk around Milan.... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 22nd 2018

Late breakfast today then go out for souvenirs.Rang and changed pickup time tomorrow. Lunch bite at McDonalds then coffee at Panarini's cafe. Back to hotel for rest. On my own walked to San Ambrogio basilica. Rebuilt in Romanesque style using artefacts from 300's. Plain inside except for beautiful gold mosaic tiled dome and several special original pieces. Also original chapel again with gold mosaic dome. On way back came across San Giorgio church with wonderful painting of Passion of Christ. Called into San Sepolcro church again, truly taken by it's simplicity and beautiful sculptured scenes. Lit some candles for our family then walked back to hotel. Straight to dinner.... read more
Basilica San Ambrogio
Artefacts from 300's
Serpent column

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 20th 2018

Easy breakfast then walk to Castello Sforzesco. Band and march out front, maybe a celebration day. Looked around inside the huge courtyard. Cats in the dry moat, lady feeding some in the courtyard. Shopping at Decathlon, OVS, Saphoro. Light lunch at cafe near our hotel then walked to Church of San Sepolcro but was closed. Then to C4 supermarket near via Torino. Bought some wine & chocolate to take to Sarina's tomorrow. Back to hotel and booked train tickets to Porto Valtravaglia. Easy dinner tonight.... read more
Gelato last night
Sculpture outside Commerce & Stock Exchange  building
Castello Storzesco

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 19th 2018

Up at 7am to get some photos before it gets busy with tourists. Back for breakfast. After breakfast bought some Fast Trak tickets to do the 3 Duomo activities. First the Terraces after catching the lift, spectacular views over the city and piazza. Then down to the inside of the Duomo, again spectacular interior & not too crowded. Then down to the underground archeological digs going back to 3rd century ruins. Spent morning on these activities then good lunch at Spidari cafe. We spent the afternoon at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Then Church of San Sepolcro and Crypt. We found these very interesting and spent 3.5 hours there. Back for dinner, passegata with gelatos.... read more
Duomo piazza

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 18th 2018

Up at 2am for a 4am pickup. Flight at 7.05am, so will be a long day. Flight went well, transport waiting for us arrived hotel at 9.30am so have to wait for rooms. Walked over to cafe for breakfast then to Duomo and Galleries, then ip the shopping street. Back to rooms at 1pm then rested till 4.30pm and went for a light pasta dinner, all the pizza places closed. Walked around town and back for bed.... read more

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