Milan

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Hello, friends! It has been a while since I have talked to you guys, but all is well over seas! I am currently at the home base of Castiglion Fiorentino in Tuscany, but I want to share with you some of the adventures we had in Milan.

Day 1: “Leave it to me…”

Day 1 started off early with a flight to Milan, Italy. Once we got settled into our hotel it was about 2 in the afternoon and we were starving. Unfortunately, since we got there later in the afternoon, most places in town were closed, so ate what we could at this little bakery. At the point in the trip, we realized that the area our hotel was located in did not have much. Things were looking pretty bleak until we discovered that the exciting, bustling city of Milan that we were expecting was literally just around the corner. We then commenced to explore a bit , stopping at some shopping areas and the Duomo.

We rested for the majority of the afternoon, but went back into town for dinner. We found this restaurant close to our hotel, called Trattoria Milanese and it was amazing. I definitely recommend checking out this restaurant if you are ever in Milan. The food was excellent, the staff was friendly, and once we felt like we could not cram any more food into our bellies, the cameriere (waiter) asked us if we wanted any dessert. We were not sure whether we wanted dessert or not, but seeing our confused faces, he just said, “Leave it to me” and brought out this huge platter of fruit! It was incredible and probably one of the best desserts I have had in a long time.

Day 2:

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Day 2 of Milan was a success! Our plan was to visit the Duomo early in the morning, but it took a while. Word to the wise, if you buy your tickets in advance in order to skip the line, print them out. 

The Duomo was absolutely beautiful, with its Gothic architecture and stained glass windows. I do not think that my love for cathedrals will ever end. After touring the inside of the church, we went up to the roof tops! The terrace of the church was equally as impressive as the interior, though much hotter.

We got lunch at a restaurant inside of a department store across the street, then walked around the store for a bit. There were like five levels! I was in awe of the gorgeous (though very expensive) designer bags that scattered the building.

Following our shopping, we paid a visit to the Escher exhibit. His works are incredible with his use of geometry and impossible figures. He’s a genius and I really admire his application of these principles.

For the rest of the day, resting and dinner.

Day 3: 

On our last day of Milan, we took the subway down to Eataly. Eataly is a store/restaurant/mall/cooking class place all rolled into one. This particular one we went to had four floors that each housed different departments, from cheese to wine to olive oil. It’s truly a sight to see. We got pizza there for lunch and left with Moleskine notebooks, bread, cherries, and olive oil. When it was time to leave Eataly, my family and I realized that the subways were closed and that we would have to make a two mile trek back to the hotel. Good Lord, we have done a lot of walking.

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For dinner, we switched it up a bit and went for a Malaysian restaurant, rather than Italian. It’s strange-I always find the best Asian cuisine in European countries. Dinner was delicious and we ended the night with gelato.

 

Milan was beautiful and a really fun city to visit! One of my favorite things about it is that it still has that big city vibe, but isn’t quite as touristy as, say, Rome. There’s a lot of fun things to do, great restaurants, and great shopping. Loved it!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever visited and what some of your favorite things to do were. I’d love to know! Have a great day!

-Love Ling

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