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Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 9th 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 ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 6th 2013

We left Liechtenstein yesterday (Saturday 5th) and on our way to Milan, we made a pitstop at Lake Como. Wow, even in the overcast weather I can see why this is the playground of the rich and famous (Including Mr Clooney). It is beautiful. The streets are mad, we went for a drive up the side of the mountain and they are so very narrow, in some places only one car can go through at a time. So glad that Andrew was driving. We needed to grab some lunch and some groceries, so we went to a shopping centre in Como. Wow, Andrew and I have been born in the wrong country. The supermarket here was at least half of a bunnings store in size. It had groceries and clothes and stuff. But Andrew and I ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 5th 2013

We just ate in a wonderful Sicilian restaurant and came back to upload some photos. We found yet another passeggiata on a street with high fashion shops. I'm blown away by the fact that there are folks who can afford to buy at those prices. I guess this is where actresses get their outrageous outfits for the academy awards and other events.... read more
Sicilian Desserts

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 5th 2013

The balloon video didn't work, but if you want to see it and other videos Anita took, let her know and she'll email them to you. Now, about today. It was cool and damp from an overnight rain storm, and we thought we'd' catch the metro to the Port Garibaldi train station, but got outside and decided to walk. We wandered through an entirely new area with great shops, an outdoor market where we bought Sicilian pepper cheese, bread, and fruit. Just before we got to the market we stumbled on an old, unused section of one of the canals with parts oh the old gates still intact. After the market, heading to the train station, we found ourselves on a beautiful "pedonale," a street closed off from traffic for people to walk Down. Usually, areas ... read more
Multi Purpose Piazza
Small Pipe Organ

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 4th 2013

Here are a few of Anita's photos.... read more
Buying fish
Canal reflection

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 4th 2013

We took the Metro underground three times today in order to save our feet and our energy for the specific sights. First, we walked up and down the Grand Canal. Then, we sat and snacked before taking the metro to the Science Museum, where there was an incredible Leornardo DaVinci. They had used his drawings and actually constructed what he had drawn. I wanted to photograph all of them, but there were too many. The museum was immense! Trains, planes, boats, bikes, early intentions. One could spend days there. Anita found some photos of workers from back in the 40s. We went there for the DaVinci, but discovered way more! Found a great bar/restaurant that had salads, something we'd been missing. Took the metro, heading back to the hostel for a late afternoon nap but waylaid ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 3rd 2013

What a day! It was chilly today so we did inside stuff - the duomo and an art museum nearby with famous artists and not-so famous ones that we want to know more about. I'd seen a lot of the paintings on my previous trip with Sally, but there was a lot I missed. We caught a tram back to the hostel, took a nap, and then went window shopping as we wove our way to the Brera district, a center for arts and restaurants. We ate outside under a heater. Our waiter is saving his money to start a restaurant of his own in Jacksonville, FL, where he has relatives. America is still the land of opportunity. Tomorrow, we're hoping for a bit warmer weather so we can walk along the old canals that were ... read more
The Duomo from atop the Art Museum
Bike Ride for Breast Cancer

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 3rd 2013

Easy, 3 1/2 hour train ride to Milano. Unfortunately, we couldn't see much out one of our windows because of graffiti on the outside that went halfway up the glass. However, the people in our compartment made up for the loss of view. We shared the compartment with four other people, part of the time, two French women and two Italian women. One of the ladies was super nice and talked clearly and slowly enough that we could have a good conversation. Part of our talk centered around the high (40%) unemployment rate for young people 25 and under. When the French women got off, a couple from Atlanta got on. They were flying non-rev and trying to figure out their next destination so they'd be somewhere they could get a seat on a flight home ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan September 9th 2013

Bong! Bong! Bong! Yes, all eight of them woke me up. It’s eight O’clock and time to get up. I look out the window and it’s foggy, so thick you can’t see across the street. Hmmmm, driving is going be a challenge. I shower and wake Drew as I head down stairs for breakfast. He groans and rolls over as I tell him not to be too long. Drew shows up in 30 minutes, Hmmm much better than Lori’s first time. We finish breakfast and grab out stuff and out the door we go. It’s a slow trek over the Alps heavy fog all the way up and half the way down. Drew missed seeing all the beautiful valleys and peaks. Once we’re over the sky opens as were heading toward Milano. We arrive in Milano; ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan August 5th 2013

We decided last night before bedtime that we were going to up and about and on our way into Milan city centre before it got too hot like yesterday. Well that was th plan but it didn't quite work out that way because we slept so well that by the time we had got up and readied ourselves after breakfast it was already nearly 10am and the heat was building as we left the building to go down the road to take the bus this time all the way to town. The bus seats were not designed for two people down one side of the vehicle but somehow we managed to squeeze two bottoms on and hung on as the driver weaved his way around corners and bumped over cobbled streets to the city. The destination ... read more
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele Mall,Milan
The G V E ,Milan
The Dome,G V E ,Milan

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