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Jun 17, 2015 - Day 23 Milan

Day 23 Wednesday 17 June 15 Had a slow start to the day and missed breakfast at the hotel accordingly. Once sorted we headed off on a mission! A suitcase full of washing and a vague idea of where we may find a laundromat. After a three hour stroll around Milan we returned to our room with dirty clothes and filled out a laundry slip! It cost us nearly 150€ but worth it! We washed our delicates ourselves cos they wanted €4 per item! The laundromat we were headed for had closed down, so the suitcase got a free walk around town for no result!...

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Jun 16, 2015 - Day 22 - Milan

Day 22 Tuesday 16 June 2015 Up and at em early today...with a 7am start, with several trips down to the car with our bags, shopping, shopping, shopping, and shopping. Into the hotel for a bacon (sort of) and eggs (sort of) breakfast. Cerys has the lurch locked into her at the moment but had a relatively good sleep due to the cold and flu tabs she bought yesterday. Checked ou at then on the road by 9! The drive was on a multi-laned freeway which was largely a 130km limit. It was great fun! The drive was so scenic...even before the alps...

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Jun 15, 2015 - Milano Centrale Railway Station - reflections

Reflections on Milano Centrale railway station Someone should do a documentary on this microcosm of a place. We had a couple of hours to while away, so we entered the Bistrot Centrale, before our train to Cinque Terre. All manner of sumptuous deli delights including parmigiano Reggiano, lasagne Caprese, fresh pasta and crusty bread rolls filled with mozzarella di buffala and fresh tomatoes - how could we say no? It was a wonderful place to people watch for a time. A lady brought in her pampered Pomeranian - ushered to his own chair. In...

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Jun 14, 2015 - Milan

Today we went to the Milan Expo. We were picked up from our hotel at 9.15am and were picked up at 6pm. The theme for the Expo is Food and Sustainability. It is very different to the Expo 88 we had in Brisbane. The pavilions included the obvious like Russia, USA, China, Japan, Spain, UK. There was no Australian pavilion and we were told it was very expensive for a country to be allocated space for a pavilion at the expo. It surprised us a lot that countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and others that Australia supply aid to were...

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Jun 5, 2015 - Milan

We got to sleep in again today which was lovely. After breakfast we went back to the same shopping district as yesterday and had a walk around before it got too hot. It got to 34 today which I am really enjoying. We had a gelato on the way back to the hotel after shopping and when we came into the foyer of our hotel the Globus noticeboard was up and our tour director saw us reading it and came over and introduced herself. Her name is Katarina and she is very nice. There are 14 Aussies in our group and there are 40 people on our tour...

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Jun 4, 2015 - Rome to Milan

OMG…5:15am comes early. We had to be on the train by 7:30am this morning so it was an EARLY start. But, we were up and out of the apartment right on time and at the train station with 20 mins to spare. This time we realized that we had assigned seats so we knew exactly what to do for a change which was nice and kept the stress levels to a minimum. The girls even had time to get McDonald’s for breakfast. We are REALLY CRAVING a non-European breakfast. We WANT bacon and eggs and hashbrowns and warm savory salty food. Croissants and bread is...

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May 31, 2015 - Milano II

After breakfast, we headed to the Duomo Museum which consisted of different architectural pieces from the Duomo; spires, gargoyles, statues and a huge wooden model of the church. Boy, those 300 stonemasons really cranked out a lot of stuff. Because of he Expo, they had a special exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci's works. You all know what a genius he was and this exhibit showed that he was thinking, researching and creating all the time. On one small piece of paper, there are studies of draping, a plan for some machine he invented and notes...

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May 30, 2015 - Milano

We said goodbye to our beautiful hotel and gorgeous Lake Como 񏘢 and hit the road for Milan. Thank goodness for GPS, because by the time you find the street signs, you have already passed them. But the GPS took us right to our hotel door! Norm turned the car in and since we had insurance, we were ok. We waited until our room was ready so we could drop all our stuff and headed to the Duomo, steps away from our hotel. We were just going to take a look and maybe walk around the city a little. We had NO idea what a magnificent cathedral it was....

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May 26, 2015 - Why do we do this? Milan to Verona to Venice

Day 1 – 2…. O…M…G…! This was a day (or 2) from HELL!!!! We started out in Alpharetta and left for the airport around 10:00am on Monday. That gave us plenty of time to hit the airport and get checked in and settled for our flight to NYC. Amanda was searching for some fun Italian phrases and asked Ashley and Alicia…”What does Ky-I-O mean? No one had a clue what she was saying so she spelled it out for them… Ciao! What a laugh!!! Ky-I-O will definitely be our word for this trip! The flight was fairly uneventful and we arrived with plenty of...

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May 22, 2015 - Trip home

I was a little worried when I called the taxi number when the person that answered didn't speak English. Luck had it that he called someone to the phone that spoke a little English. I was able to give him the address and the intersection to pick us up. Our street is actually closed to the public so they have to pick us up at an intersection. Hurray, he understood!! They were there in 10 min. I took my luggage Dow and Edie followed. It was a 20 euro ride to the train station which was a smaller station that had a direct train to Malpensa...

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May 15, 2015 - Milan Expo 2015

Our last day in Italy and we are going to the highly advertised Milan Expo 2015. We headed out for the subway. We figured it out on what train to take. Have to transfer once to get to the Expo. Zip, zip and you are there. There was a lot of walking to finally get to the entrance! Once we were inside we had to get a map to get the lay of the land. That didn't help too much either. Everyone was going into the building in front if us so figured that's a good way to start. (Sorry I'm finishing this last days' entry so late but time, lack of...

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May 14, 2015 - Touring Milan on Hop on/off bus all day

Headed out to catch the 10:30 bus at blue 8 with map in tow!! Rode the bus to stop 12 where we caught the red line. Saw a lot of interesting architecture along route. Got off at St Maria dele Grazier cathedral where Leonardo De Vinci painted The Last Supper where it is behind the alter. Well, guess what? You have to make reservations to get inside and the next one was at 7:30 pm. Bummer!! Stopped for cappuccino, fruit, and a pastry. Went back to bus stop and waited for next bus. Passed a few more really old churches, San Lorenzo church,...

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