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Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan February 15th 2016

Monday February 15, 2016 1:45pm - The train arrived in Milan a couple of minutes early, so I got my determination on and headed straight for the metro. I knew where to go, so that was a help. I bought a ticket quickly at a machine and walked down to the platform. The train was just arriving, which was brilliant timing. I got on, sat down, and waited. It was only 4 stops to Duomo, but at the third stop, the doors stayed open and there was some sort of message about it. I couldn’t tell what it was, but thought that it would be so funny if the whole subway broke down now. But it got going again a minute or so later, and it was fine. I got off the train and made my ... read more
I made it
Outside the cathedral
Outside the cathedral

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan October 31st 2015

31 octobre 2015 C'est lors du souper de l'action de grâce que la question est sortit: “mais pourquoi allez-vous faire ça?” C'est ma mère, entre deux gorgées de vin blanc, qui l'avait lancée. “Vous allez visiter les villes au moins? Et voir Venise? La tour de Pise? Et puis les musées, et le Vatican? C'est 1 mois en Italie les gars, non?” C'est que mon frère et moi avons le projet de marcher le long de la Via Francigena, du village de Berceto jusqu'à Rome, pour un total de 25 jours de randonnée. Voilà le projet: ce sera 1 mois de marche en pleine campagne italienne, ce qui signifie de porter sur presque 600 kilomètres, un 10 kilo de packsack chacun. En moyenne, on devra ainsi parcourir entre 20 et 30 kilomètres par jour, durant ces ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan September 24th 2015

So we came to the end of our stay in the Aosta Valley, we paid our bill and said a fond farewell to our great hosts and it was time to head back to Milan for our return flight in 2 days. We booked a hotel outside of Milan, near the Expo, handy for the airport. We didn’t intend to go into Milan. We had been there 30 years ago and it still looked the same – probably looked the same 500 years ago too. Not really interested in fashion and we had already eaten our fill of good Italian food. There is a really big antique and vintage market on the last Sunday of the month, along the canal in Milan. Would have liked that. Unfortunately, it was the day after we left. Maybe next ... read more
English country garden

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan September 17th 2015

DAY 1 - Thursday Our lives have been so insanely busy for the last few weeks, we worked up until the last minute, finishing up right before we walked out the door. As usual, it's very hard to say goodbye to our baby kitties, knowing how sad they are when we leave. The airport was smooth and fast, security has lessened a lot for now. We flew to New York and had to change planes. The 8 hour flight to Milan was one of the most uncomfortable, awful flights we've taken. Marleah has really bad knees and was in misery, the food was horrible, we had only gotten 2 hours of sleep the night before and it's so hard to sleep on the plane. We managed to make it through fueled by our excitement for Italy ... read more
"Mom. Dad. Where do you think you're going?"
"I'm in your bag, I want to come."
Airport Bound

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan June 11th 2015

Easy day today in between two day tours. Not really wanting to do the Duomo church, Michelle talks me around. Each church has been magnificent in their own way and the Duomo did hold a few surprises. It seemed less of a church and more for the tourists as this has been the first church allowing photos inside. It also has its own App which I find amusing. Upon entering there is no denying these structures are amazing, with the marble columns, lead lighting, statues and high ceilings all from another time. We lit a candle for mum, as we have done in all the churches, as we think of her everyday. Downstairs there is a room with above ground crypts, blocked off for viewing only. In 1961 they also did an archaeologist dig underneath and ... read more
We always light a candle for mum
Main chapel at Duomo
Lead light at Duomo

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan June 10th 2015

Off to Lake Como today for a day tour. Caught the tube down to the meeting point. Leaving at 8.45 it was about a 90 minute ride to the first sight of the lake. The size of the lake is 146 square kms, and is surrounded by Swiss alps. The Italians tell us proudly that none of the lake crosses the Swiss border so it is all theirs. After a short tour around the town of Como, we board our boat for a two hour cruise around. The history of some of the villas are highlighted to us and we see where George Clooney's villa is. We also see one of the most photographs villa on a point and find out some of "Casino Royale" was filmed there. (Villa del Balbianello) Landing at the town of ... read more
Selfie lake Como
Township lake Como
Lake Como villa

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan June 9th 2015

New place so we start out on foot with map as usual. We weave our way down the streets to the visitor centre as that is our meeting point for day tours later in the week. Walking around the Stoza Castle at one end of town, we follow the crowd down to the church and museum. The Duomo de Milano church is another magnificent gothic Italian designed structure and follows the theme from the previous countries where it is a main tourist hub. The building itself has a lot of scaffolding and repairs to it, as it is deteriorating over time. Not that keen to stand in line for tickets, we leave it for later in the week. Having know pre conceived ideas about these places brings us many surprises. Knowing Milan is the shopping capital, ... read more
The Kings archway next to the church in Milan
The church Duomo de Milan
Statue in front of church

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan June 8th 2015

Travelling day today as we catch two trains to get to Milan. Left Lyon about 10.30 for the first trip into Geneva Swiizerland. We follow a river all the way up as the scenery changes into the mountains. There was no passport control, but police are on the train and check all passengers. Arriving at Geneva, walk through customs and they are just randomly checking a few, but not us. We had an hour between trains, which is enough to get your bearings and double check the next train you get on is the right one. Buying Subway for lunch unaware that we need Swiss Franks and if we gave them Euro, we would only get Swiss money for the change. Not something you think about, just used the Visa card. Back on the next train ... read more
Don't catch the wrong train
In Switzerland at the train station
Lake Geneva

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan June 7th 2015

Part 1 - I am writing this portion on the train from Milan to Bern. We are in the foothills of the Alps, passing unbelievabally beautiful snow-covered mountain peaks, towns, streams and lakes. Lago Mageiore is a stunning lake surrounded by mountains that stretches from Italy to Switzerland. There is no way to describe the beauty of the water and the villas on the coast. Have to mention a wonderful Swiss couple and their 7 month old daughter who rode with us most of the way to Bern. Dad used to work in neuroscience, and we had a great discussion on state of the art in modeling brain functions. Another serendipitous moment. Wanted to update on Milan. It was hot, hot, hot! Had another minor moment of nervousness when we found no one at the hostel ... read more
Cathedral at Milan Duomo
Andrew lighting a candle for Whitney
Spire by Museum

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan June 6th 2015

Made it to Milan. It was a hot and wonderful day that is ending after midnight, so Andrew and I are going to bed. More sunday.... read more

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