Sunday, April 5, 2015


One of the greatest things about living in Europe is the ability to hop in a car, drive for a couple of hours and end up in any one of Europe's wondrous cities. For the easter weekend, we decided to head to Milan, Italy. One of the best things about driving through Switzerland has to be the marvelous views that you come across. I thought I had seen all the snow I could at Christmas this year, but the mountain tops were still powdered with glistening white snow, making the experience look like something out of a Disney movie. Because they say a picture says a thousand words, take a look at a few beautiful snapshots from the drive:

We arrived in Milan around 3pm, ready to cram in as much as possible, seeing as we were off to Venice the next day (I know, we don't stay in one place too long!) After ordering (naturally) a pizza, we headed to the Duomo di Milano. The gothic styled cathedral was absolutely breathtaking, and we were definitely blessed with the weather, sun, sun, sun! 

Just a few minutes walk away from the Cathedral is a spitting image of London's Leadenhall Market, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It is one of the world's oldest shopping malls, and by the masses of people, one of the most famous and renowned landmarks. Filled with high end shops from Versace and Prada to the most charming boutique café's I've ever seen. If only we weren't rushing around Milan, I would have loved to have spent more time to take it all in. 

After this we headed to the Santa Maria delle Grazie. As I said earlier, spontaneity is so easily done in Europe, but it's important to remember that planning is still due! Unfortunately we had been a little too optimistic and hadn't reserved any tickets to see Leonardo Da Vinci's famous, The Last Supper painting. This meant our trip was short, and consisted of a few courtyard walks. 

Our last stop in Milan at the end of the day, when there started to be a little bit of an overcast, was the canals, Naviglio grande. Whilst promenading along, there were delightful flower shops and gelateria's. It would have been an insult if I hadn't stopped and treated myself to a smooth and luxurious mango sorbet, even though the weather was becoming a little chillier! 

We made our way back to the hotel before heading off to our restaurant. Now, this restaurant was no ordinary restaurant, and definitely deserves a blog entirely dedicated to it, so watch this space for that!
So that was Milan! Well....for now. Unfortunately it was a short stop-over trip, but was worth the aching in my calves from all the walking! If I go back to Milan, which I mostly likely will have to as I didn't even get to shop (I know...), were would you suggest I go?


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