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Oct 17, 2014 - Milan

Today’s big event was a visit to the Last Supper. The painting has deteriorated a great deal but it is such an iconic painting, known the world over, we felt we should go and see it. Entry is very restricted and only a certain number of people for 15 minutes at a time are allowed in. It is a wonderful painting and a shame Leonardo painted it the way he did so that it started to flake very early. It had been restored badly in the past but most of that has been removed now. It is still possible to see the expressions on the disciple’s faces...

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Oct 15, 2014 - Monterosso to Milan

We left Montero’s on a sunny morning to head back to train station one more time. We were quite early for the train so sat by the sea one more time having a coffee and croissant enjoying our last views of Cinque Terre. Two and a half hours later we were in Milan and took the Metro close to our small apartment. We are in a nice area on a street with lots of shops and restaurants with a real neighbourhood kind of feel to it. We can walk to all the major sights. Once we had settled in we were off and running again. First to the Duomo, then...

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Oct 4, 2014 - Milan EXPO 2015 preparations

Milan is gearing up to host a World Expo in 2015 with the topic of sustainability. After having seen World Expo sites in Seattle, Chicago, San Diego, Paris and Barcelona to name a few, I became interested in the history of expos and did some research at the library and on the internet this summer. Expos began in roughly the 1880's and popularity continued until WWII. The original purpose was to pull the world together in one place to view all the advances made in a particular area or areas of technology or thinking. It allowed each nation a...

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Oct 4, 2014 - Milan - Day 3 - Day Trip to Lake Maggoire

To get out of Milan I decided to go up to the Lakes area of Northern Italy, almost into Switzerland. Lake Como is the best known lake in the area. George Clooney used to own a villa on Lake Como and many other celebrities own property and vacation there. The city of Belligo (from which Las Vegas stole the idea of the fountains at The Belligo) is also on Lake Como. As I was doing research to get there by train I found it would probably be easier and more interesting for me to go to Lake Maggiore. Stresa, on Lake Maggiore, is just over an...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Milan - Day 1 - Duomo and Vicinity

I think the Milan Cathedral is the prettiest one I've seen so far that is finished (if Sacred Family in Barcelona is ever finished I think I'll prefer it). It seems to me to be more approachable than all the others. Although larger than any I've seen except Seville's (#3 on the worldwide size chart) it seems human in proportion. Inside is it is relatively simple in that it is not gilt covered everywhere. It looks like a wedding cake with its delicately detailed spires. This church is especially noted for two things. The holy relic it...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Milan - Day 2 - Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Delicacies

I am not liking Milan. It is too much a big, modern city. It is pedestrian friendly but the pedestrians are not friendly. No one smiles and says boungiorno on the streets. There are a lot of beggers and vagrants on the streets. Also, I was cheated three times yesterday. 1.) While buying a 48 hour metro ticket for 8.4 Euros I gave the seller a 20 Euro bill. She gave me a handful of coins and turned to the next customer (no one stands in ONE line). Since they use 1 and 2 Euro coins I am used to getting change back in place of paper money....

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Oct 1, 2014 - I've made it to Milan

Martine and Margaret were closing up the house and heading back to Paris on Wednesday so Martine dropped me off about 10:30 in Montbard, the closest train station to her house. I waited there for the first train to Dijon which was close to noon. There was a nice little travel information station right next to the train station that had free wifi so I got on that and paid some bills, checked e-mails, facebook and worked some on my postings. The trip to Dijon took about 45 minutes. When I got there I had the lunch I had brought from Martine's...

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Sep 29, 2014 - Milan, Italy

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Lombardy and the Lakes has to say about Milan: “Milan is the engine room of the country’s economy. Treasures that survived damage from Allied bombing during WWII include its elaborate cathedral, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper and the Castello Sforzesco. The La Scala opera house also scraped through. What really sets Milan apart, however, is its creative streak and high-speed cosmopolitan feel. Armani, Versace, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and many more took...

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Jun 28, 2014 - Day 12

Have Breakfast at Sardegna in bocca in Milan: Approximately $155 Visit Duomo di Milano: Free Have Lunch at La Libera: Approximately $145 Shopping at Via della Spiga and Via Montenapoleone with tour: $3,000,000 Have dinner at Antica Osteria Del Ponte: Approximately $150 Total for day: 3,000,450 http://youtu.be/fmrx2V3T4bc

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Jun 6, 2014 - Milan

Today marks the return of our car to Malpensa and our final day in Milan. We depart Stresa at 0845 hrs for the final 52 km to the airport. Contrary to our first visit when we drove along the coastal road to Stresa, taking quite some time, GeePS has us on a motorway direct to the airport. The run is very quick and after we refill, we return our car in good shape before the required 1000 hrs. Over the past 21 days, we have travelled 2340 km's We then took the now familiar train to Milan Centrale and settled into our often used Hotel...

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May 16, 2014 - Milan

We wake to a surprise; there are clouds in the sky and the sun is occasionally blanketed by them - is this the end!!. Today we are off to Milan. We are in no great hurry again as we breakfast overlooking the sea, settle the account and taxi it to the train station ( a five minute exercise that has a €15 fixed price for the area). Prior to leaving we met a very nice German lady who has visited Santa Margherita for the past 40 years and advised that the township of Camogli, along the coast from Portofino is the understated gem of the area....

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May 9, 2014 - Milano

Arrived in Milan 8/5/14 after day and night stopover in Singapore. Singapore Airlines very,very good and Singapore City a good stopover as it broke the journey roughly in half. Impressed by the cleanliness of the city, seems a very we'll organised metropolis.Shopping centres by the hundreds,something for everyone. Milan very busy place with many tourists,even though it's still a way off the peak season yet. So much history. Interesting seeing the old alongside the modern architecture. Give me the old any day. Duomo was awesome,apart from...

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