Milano Diario!**

Disclaimer: A long long long travel post! So in case any of you experience any dizziness while reading this post, suggest take a break, take a deep breath, make yourself a a cup of hot chocolate or coffee, and then resume reading :mrgreen:

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Surprised to see the Italian title?? Dont be. Its the after-effect of a holiday I went on recently, to Milan.

Visiting Milan was one of the most enriching and beautiful experiences. With a vast and rich history behind, exploring the city was a revelation to me. Every monument, every museum, every church, every lake, every village had a story to tell.

On the face of it, Milan may not seem like a traditional holiday spot. ‘Fashion capital’,’Business hub’, Financial center’ are one of the first few terms that come into mind at the mere mention of the city.

Of course fashion is very much ingrained in Milan. If on one side of the street one may find umpteen boutiques, chic shops that showcase the Armanis, the Versaces, the Pradas and the likes, then on the other side, there will be these discount outlets selling last-season’s cast offs making bargain hunters like me craving for more :). The city is a haven for ardent shoppers and window-shoppers alike!

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele- a glass-vaulted double arcade designed in 1861 an dbuilt between 1865 and 1877

The arcade houses most of the major premium brands.

And when Mc Donalds decided to open a joint in the galleria, there was apparently a major furore by these premium brands to protest against its opening as they feared it would harm the reputation of the arcades. But McD was not the one to get disheartened by that. It still found its way….

Mc Donalds agreed to change the colour of its logo from the trademark yellow to golden as a compromise to suit the repute of the area and managed to find its way to the Galleria πŸ˜€

To reiterate further that fashion is indeed a statement in Milan let me attach below a hoarding which is a huge landmark in the city.

Giorgio Armani has been booking this hoarding for the last 30 years and it is apparently the largest hoarding in the city.

Having said that, there is far more to the city than just fashion and business.

La Scala Opera House, Duomo di Milano- the Milan Cathedral, Castello Sforzesco- one of the biggest castles in Europe ,built in 14th century , Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper are some of the treasures that the city proudly showcases not just because of the architecture and history behind them but also because these were buildings that were heavily bombed in World War II and survived the extensive damage.

La Scal Opera House, inaugurated 1778, is one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world

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Duomo di Milano- the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world took 500 years to complete

EDITED TO ADD A SNAP OF THE INSIDE OF THE CATHEDRAL

Evidently not as impressive as the exterior, but the designs were quite intricate.

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Castello Sforzesco- the castle houses many museums and art collections
Unfortunatlely we couldn't click very many pictures of the insides of the fort as Namnam was very tired by the end of the day

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A visit to see The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci’s was truly a memorable experience. After hearing about so many different interpretations of the painting, the most prominent being, of course,the one done by Dan Brown, seeing the original painting was indeed awe-inspiring and enlightening. But here again we couldnt click any photos as photography was not allowed 😦 However I have kept the museum tickets safely as a souvenir which I’ll share below..

Entrance tickets to Last Supper

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One of the other high points of our holiday was a trip to Lake Como which is about 50kms away from Milan. We booked this excursion though Lonely Planet who had highly recommended this trip. And it was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and unforgettable experiences I had had.

The lake is the second deepest lake in Europe measuring over 400m deep and it is the third largest in Italy. The lakeside town of Como is surrounded by snow-capped mountains where numerous villas and palaces are housed. Some of the villas have even been bought by celebrities.

Villa Margherita- owned by my boy-friend George Clooney πŸ˜›
A closer look at Villa Margherita
Bellagio, a lake village- had the most delicious gelatos from here!

I was also immensely impressed by the people there, much contrary to the impression I had of them before. I always thought Italians were rude and snobbish. But I was pleasantly surprised to be proved wrong. They were warm, friendly and very helpful.

There were days when Namnam & I used to head out by ourselves to do our own bit of exploring. Let me tell you if you know which tram or train or metro stops near your hotel or the place where you’re staying you can move around the city without any problems. I found the trams so very well connected there and the people always ready to help. The fact that not many spoke English was not a constraint at all. Found them extremely forthcoming despite the language barrier.

The only downside to our stay was the hotel we chose. We stayed in AC Milano, a hotel recommended by New York Times and even reviewed by Trip Advisor. I didnt find the reception staff very driven or service oriented. None of them gave out a very warm vibe. They didnt have a 24 hour room service which was something I hadnt expected of a 4 star hotel. And they didnt even have an adapter!

Aside that every bit of our stay was worthwhile! And on that note let me wake you all up with this final snap.

So did that wake you up, all you peeping toms?? πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

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**Milan Diary

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33 thoughts on “Milano Diario!**

  1. Sigh! Beautiful!!
    I would love shopping there! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    And the galleria is beautiful!
    George Clooney has a Villa there?!! wow! Its beautiful! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    Cathedral looks quite impressive and huge!!
    No pics from the inside Deeps? The Gothic Architecture is also quite impressive from what I’ve seen on TV…
    Glad to know that you guys had a great time despite the hotel not being very service oriented… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    D: Pix, the inside of the cathedral was not as impressive as the exterior. Let me add a pic of the inside..totally forgot to do that in my hurry to upload other snaps πŸ˜€

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      1. It did, Pix. It was beautiful..I mean I’m not a painter or least bit artistic even then I could actually feel the painting communicating with me. You know there was a fresco hung on a wall right opposite Da Vinci’s painting, it was one of the modern interpretations with much brighter colours and finesse but yet it didnt match up to the simple and innate work of art by the genius. Oh, it was amazing! And the passion, pride and excitement with which the our tour guide explained the painting to us was hard to miss, Pix.

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    1. Goddd! That arcade looks splendid! And the way McDonalds changed its colours to camouflage – woww! It actually looks beautiful!

      And so much for shopping bugs – err what did u get for me then πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

      Giorgio Armani has been booking this hoarding for the last 30 years and it is apparently the largest hoarding in the city – Wow! Amazing!
      Gosh! U got so many interesting tit-bits for ur blog friends no – so sweet of u re πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

      Woww – Ask ur BF to give us that villa for a day. Am gonna book my tickets to Milan nw πŸ˜› Gelato – Slurp Slurp πŸ˜‰

      D: Oh you must, Swar. I know how much you & Su love to travle and explore. Trust me, you’ll love this place πŸ™‚

      Ahem Deeps, whatz with the last snap btw πŸ˜‰ Inspired by Sakshikutty huh πŸ˜›

      D: Ayyo, this was my veettukaaran’s handiwork..he’s the peeping tom in our family :mrgreen:

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      1. ROFL πŸ˜› U did nt answer one qs there πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

        D: Oops skipped to answer! What have I got for you?? Now thats a surprise..will give when we meet πŸ˜›

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  2. O cruel woman! you jalo-ing me with these pics and what’s that George Clooney your BF? 😑 Shoo Shoo! I’m not sharing him.

    Is that you in Gorgeous Red? Lal pari maidaan khadi, kya khoob ladi, kya khoob ladi.

    D: Yup yup, thats me!!

    Later will read in detail. Nice pics.

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  3. Hey, Deeps, lovely lovely photographs, glad to know that you had a great holiday, and yes though the snap is nt a very close one but you look absolutely a stunner in that red coat !! And yes what a way to seal that holiday trip tale… with that photograph.. and yes me peeping tom.. likes it πŸ˜‰

    D: Heee heee..thanks Rekhu πŸ™‚

    take care

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  4. Gorgeous, Deeps! I just can’t have enough of it! Milan looks absolutely wonderful!

    The cathedral is so majestic! It took 500 years to complete? Wow! Amazing!

    And I can so imagine the upturned noses of the people when MacD wanted to get into that shopping area! But MacD does not give up easily, does it πŸ™‚

    D: I know..we were quite amused to hear that trivia πŸ™‚

    Lake Como looks so wonderful! And that villa, surely you and your BF can invite us for a sleepover? Please? We will be really good πŸ™‚

    D: You can comeover if you promise you will only look at the villa and not flirt with my boy-friend ;). But I get a feeling that you’ll do exactly the opposite πŸ˜›

    And now to the most important part – I love your red coat! And your red boots, and the red bag! And that scarf! So drooling over your outfits!

    D: Awww..thank you thank you thank you, Smits. Hugs!

    Bellagio is a lake village? I had no idea! The only bellagio I knew of, was in Vegas πŸ™‚ And gelatos! Youmake me want to go back to Italy and live there for a month πŸ™‚ I should start convincing husband to go there in April – Easter break.

    Aiyyo pavam, Nammukutty! She is all tired! Hugs to the little darling!

    D: She was, re 😦

    Lovely pics, and a lovely travelogue, Deeps!

    D: Thanks so much, Smits πŸ™‚

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  5. I have always wanted to visit this boot-shaped country but your awesome post and pictures have made me wanna go there right away πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    Loved all the pictures and the one your header too, but my fav is the one with you and Nam-nam πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
    Awesome travelogue πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    D: Thank you so much, CB πŸ™‚

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  6. Oooohhhh, I want to go there toooooo!!!! Milan looks beautiful!!! Oh I’m yearning so much now, for a trip there πŸ™‚ amazing pics, and the caption on ‘villa of my boy friend’ was soooper!!! Btw, Margharita or Clooney? What would you choose Deeps? πŸ˜‰

    D: Oh, Pals, you’re putting me in a spot now! Can I say ‘both’?? πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

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  7. Beautiful pcs deeps.It was cold there ?? as i can see nanam is all covered.

    D: It was cold there..was a welcoming change from the scorching heat of the desert πŸ™‚

    Heard of Gothic Cathedral with took 500 years to complete,recently saw a doumentary on tv.

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  8. long? break? what are you talking about! such an interesting post! loved the clicks..loved the description. I think you should remove the disclaimer πŸ™‚

    D: You’re so sweet, Neha..thank you so much πŸ™‚

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  9. You wont leave a couple in peace will you!!! πŸ˜›
    D: Hee hee hee…tell my husband that. I’m as innocent as a child πŸ˜‰

    That apart, the pics are gorgeous… I am scuttling off to get a schengan visa. Milan is definitely on my list of must-sees! πŸ™‚

    For a sec, I thought that Duomo di Milano was one of the structures in London…they have a very similar one there…forgot the name though!

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  10. Can I throw a fit right now?? Italy is on my list of places to visit for so long and after reading your post, I want to pick up and visit this very min..

    Loved the pictures..and Lake Como sigh..

    D: He he..thanks Comfy πŸ™‚

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  11. Ok I couldn’t go beyond Prade and LV … ice creams .. paintings .. umm hmm none matched up .. the last pic opf course woke me up πŸ˜‰ … but made me crave for the guy who can afford Prada n LV all his life .. Sigggghhh … why is life so unfair 😦

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  12. beautiful place it seems to be, would love to go there and whats with the waking us all on the last pic

    is THAT YOU he heeheh πŸ™‚ oh or are the lovers making you jealous yeah peepingtom me NO WAYy πŸ™‚

    and the little one tired oh my oh my .. god bless her parents made her walk too much it seems he he he

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  13. I am very proud of R’s photographic abilities πŸ˜› that last photu is truly a stress buster!!

    D: See this is precisely why I feel that you & R will get along like a house on fire when we meet πŸ˜€

    You thought Italians are rude and snobbish? sobs…I never get a chance to think about those aspects when I look at Italian Men πŸ˜‰

    Why did your boyfriend name an entire villa after a cocktail? You should have told him to name it Chaarayam Nivas no? che che

    D: πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    Whoa so many shoes and dress under one roof! Am pretty sure my husband will not take me anywhere near that Arcade if he gets to know about what is in store there.

    I remember watching some documentary on TV about Mc Donalds and their fight to get a spot inside.

    How many Gelatos did ya vettify? I have promised myself non stop gelatos whenever I visit there *drool*

    D: Not much, re :(. I do intend to vettify gelatos in bulk when I’m there next πŸ˜€

    You made Namnu walk all the time? Poor baby, you should have put her on a stroller 😑

    D: Arre, you wont believe we had taken her stroller but not once did we use it :(…crazy, nahi?? We already had such a huge paraphernalia every time we had to step out that we used to invariably skip takng the stroller.

    So what is teh plan for the red coat & boots now that you are back in the dessert? Hint: You have my address na?

    D: Yeah sure, you live in Somalia, right?? πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

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  14. thansk for the lovely description and pics of the lovely city Deeps.. I always like European cities for their art and history and that cathedral church proves that πŸ™‚ so beautiful..

    also loved the change in the logo colour of McDonald’s.. its different and nice πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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