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Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan August 17th 2023

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan July 30th 2023

Big bustling London. There’s always something to do in this metropolis. To say that it doesn’t sleep is not entirely correct. London takes a while to wake up in the mornings. Even on workdays it seems that the inhabitants are tucked away in their pokey little apartments until well after sunrise. At this time of year, the sun gets up pretty early too. To me that seems like a waste of daylight! When London finally springs to life there is always something for the traveller to enjoy. Mum and I have both been to London a few times and seen most of the big attractions. This time around we took in a stage show. If you are easily offended, I recommend that you stay well away from ‘The Book of Mormon’. Mum went a second time ... read more
Weapons inside the Palace
Gardens at the palace
King Henry VIII's crown

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 September 20th 2019

I was excited once again to be travelling, and the first leg of this years European trip was in Milan. I decided to go to Italy once more, as I really love the atmosphere, and well, the history. Milan is a good starting point for me, as I will be traveling south this trip. I arrive and get checked into the hotel. It was in a pretty nice part of town within minutes of the city center. After a little refresh, the first place I want to go is Duomo Cathedral. Seen it couple times before, however it really is a sight to see. Little history about the cathedral. The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete: construction began in 1386, and the final details were completed in 1965. It is the largest church in Italy—the ... 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

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