Not too much of it though…..we were only there for a few hours unfortunately. It was never really on my bucket list of places to see but after being there it is definitely some place I would love to go back to and spend a few days.
In summer it’s a busy, bustling, vibrant, fun place to be! In June they had just set up in the duomo piazza for a music festival of some sort. According to the desk guy at the hotel this is something that they do each year for most of the summer. Lots of people, lots of music and just plain old lots of fun. People wandering around with drinks in their hands and all behaving!! What a fun place.
Our hotel was in a great location, only a block or two from the main piazza and the Galleria shopping mall, which is huge!
We left Bologna around 1PM and were in Milan a couple of hours later. The Bologna train station is new….and very boring!! Very efficient though……once you figure out where to go….it’s all underground and our taxi was able to drop us off right at the escalators that took us down to our train. Certainly not like other train stations I’ve been in, except for maybe St Pancras in London. It’s pretty sterile with only one fast food type café on the bottom floor. There are a number of different levels that the trains come in on….the TGV, or Frecciarossas come in on level 4 or something, so quite easy to find your track!
I didn’t take any pictures from the train enroute to Milan….some countryside but also a lot of industry along the way.
We had a very nice seat mate…..it was a he/she. Brenda and I were struggling with our luggage because you had only the overhead racks to put it on and lifting 50 pounds, or pretty damn close to it, was not an easy feat. This lovely person immediately jumped up and lifted our bags up there like nothing!! Luckily, they also helped us get them back down at the end of train ride.
The Milan train station is unbelievable!! Iconic I think is what you would call it…..huge and absolutely beautiful!
Our hotel was a 5 minute taxi ride from the station…..the drive took us past the main historical centre area which was crazy busy but got us pretty excited about getting out and seeing as much as we possibly could in our few hours there.
Our first stop was at a café for a celebratory drink to start the next leg of our adventure. Had a fun time with the waiters and bartender, who tried to make special drinks for us but failed miserably. They had things like White Russians, Whiskey Sours etc. on their menu but the guy was hopeless, even with our help. After tasting a couple that he tried to make we decided to stick to Prosecco….pretty hard to make a mess of that! Another waiter came along and told us we didn’t have to pay for those first horrid drinks…yeah!! They also had “apertivo” there, which means if you order a drink you can help yourself to all the nibblies they put out around 5ish…..sort of a happy hour but with enough food to make a meal. Pasta, antipasti etc….
We had so much fun there time got away from us and when we finally headed another block to the piazza the duomo was closed for the day…..oh well, just another reason to HAVE to go back. I’m sure it is just as spectacular inside as it is outside!
Read all about it here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milan_Cathedral Who knew it was the largest cathedral in Italy!! (St Peter’s is in Vatican City….so technically not Italy!!)
We wandered around the piazza for a while…people watching, listening to the music and just generally enjoying the whole scene.
Our next stop was the Galleria shopping mall….which is pretty amazing too. Huge, multi-level with all the designer shops, restaurants and lots of bars and cafes…..where we stopped for yet another drink!!
We found a great little restaurant down a narrow street where we shared a delicious osso bucco (no pictures of the food…. 😦 ) We kept an eye out for the size of the meals that were being served and decided that since we’d already had almost a meal at the apertivo bar we’d just share a dinner. It was a good idea because the portions were huge and we had more than enough.
We spent the rest of the evening just wandering around listening to all the buskers, or street musicians, most of whom were really good! Singing and/or playing cellos, violins….most were really good!
We of course had to see Teatro La Scala https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Scala . From the outside it’s certainly not what I expected! We actually walked by it a couple of times before realizing that was it….pretty non-descript building with no signs other than a couple of banners. We were in the Piazza La Scala so knew it was there somewhere!! Some gala gala do appeared to be happening so other than sticking our heads in the door for a quick peek at the lobby we didn’t get to see inside the theatre…..another thing to do next time!!
It was almost midnight by the time we headed back to our hotel….early morning for us the next day for the trip to France.
Definitely a city to go back to one day. So much more to see and explore. In hindsight, I wish we’d spent a couple of days there but truthfully nothing I read about it had really piqued my interest enough…..live and learn!
Today is a domestic chore day around here…..grass cutting being the number one thing on my to do list. The weather is supposed to be awful for the next few days so getting the grass cut before that is a must otherwise it makes it difficult trying to plow through long, wet grass. I never understood why it took Ken so long to cut the grass!! Now I know of course. It’s the weedeating the edges, emptying the bag 50 times (otherwise too hard to get the grass out if it gets packed in there….) then blowing all the mess off the road and driveway…. Hahaha….I thought he was just slow!
I have spent a few hours the last couple of days putting old pictures in albums….many more to go but yesterday the kids did have a look through them, which is why I’m doing this.
I also made enough green pea soup to feed a small army. My son went home with 3 containers and I still have another 4 and that was after we’d had it for dinner!! I won’t be making it again anytime too soon!
Off to Bev’s for dinner tonight to visit with her little granddaughter Eleanor. I haven’t seen her for a long time….not since she started walking so will be a fun evening.
Our “mis-adventure” in Lausanne Switzerland and the rest of our trip to France will be next…..we found out that it is VERY expensive in Switzerland!!