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Nov 30, 2012 - Milano

Yesterday we were woken at 8.30am by workmen with a leaf blower clearing up the carpark after the storm. We got up, had breakfast and then got on the road to Milan. The motorway followed the snow-capped Pennines most of the way and Snooper took us right to Camping Citta di Milano (N 45°28'26.04" E 9°4'56.28") which we were relieved to find open! We sited ourselves between the trees on a very small pitch, had a bit of lunch and then set off to look around the area surrounding the camp. It is right next to Gardaland Waterpark (closed for the...

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Oct 13, 2011 - Malpensa to Singapore

Thursday 13th October 2011 Weather: - Who Cares? Malpensa Airport Flight 367 Depart 11:55am Yesterday when on the train from the airport to Milan Central an Italian lady (with no English) came and sat opposite me (next to Herman) and she sat and lambasted Malpensa for about the next half an hour and one of the phrases that I kept hearing was “tutti casino” the Italian way of saying that it is like a ‘3 ring circus’ and I with my very limited Italian have always wondered why they called it ‘Malpensa’ in my limited translation ‘mal’ means...

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Oct 12, 2011 - Monterosso to Milan

Wednesday 12th October 2011 Weather:- about 24degrees/Sunshine Milan, Italy Our trip from Monterosso-al-Mare went smoothly as usual; we were trundling through the tunnel that separates the Old Town and the beachfront at 7:30am, when we passed Hotel la Spiaggia (which is right in front of our car park) all the doors were still closed. The cases were thrown into the hatchback and we were on the road again for the last 269km that Herman has to drive on this trip. When we first started the sides of the twisting road reminded us very much of the...

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May 3, 2011 - Milano

We're here. We arrived last night after a day of travel. Sure am glad we were in business class. It was comfortable and tasty too. We left Las Vegas at 6:00pm flew to LAX. There we got to wait in the Lounge instead of with the masses. They have cocktails in the lounge, very nice and snacks. We flew to Munich overnight and landed at 3:00 in the afternoon. Had a layover there for three hours and I got more wine and more snacks. We then got on another plane and flew here. We landed around 10:25pm. The airport was deserted except for a few...

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Jan 14, 2011 - Trip to Milano

We had another late start (which helps the girls start to re-adjust to NZ’s time zone) before Ron walked the 450m to the Agusta Training Academy where he had a meeting. The girls caught up on laundry (does it ever end?!) and relaxed around the apartment. Ron was back at 1.00pm and we quickly got sorted to head into Milan. The drive into Milan took about 50 minutes. While much of it was on autostrada, the traffic density and general chaos as we entered the city made for some interesting moments. Our trusty TomTom GPS got us to a parking...

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Winter in Europe

Jan 3, 2010 - Milano - End of Journey

Arrived to Milano two days before our flight departure back home; via Brussels & Chicago. It rained all day, every day; and was cold. We'd had only a few days of rain throughout the three month journey, so we consider ourselves to have been very fortunate. The weather did lessen our inclination to wander the city in our normal mode, but only by a bit. We happened to be in town on the birthday of Milan's patron saint, St. Ambrose, and to commemorate this the city opened to the public, for free, the church/museum, Santa Maria delle Grazie....

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Sep 5, 2009 - Arrived in Milan

We actually arrived early (9:30am)into Milan's Malpensa airport and took the shuttle bus to Milan Central Train station (for Audra 7,50 Euro each). It took quite some time to locate the customer service center to validate our Eurorail train passes, but we were able to get a cup of coffee and a sandwich and still make the 12:30 train to Veranna on Lake Cuomo. It is breathtakingly beautiful and of course the pictures only tell half the story. We had our first gelato (2,50 Euro each Audra, pannini, bruschetta and red wine. The trip is off to a...

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Jul 31, 2009 - The Basilica & Sforza Castle

With proper attire we took the subway down to the Basilica at the Duomo. The building was different from any of the other churches we've seen with a Gothic look the tall steeples and spires, hundreds of statues and gargoyle monsters surround the outside, it is entirely made of pink Candoglia marble - a truly stunning piece of work. The story of it's design dates back to the time of small kingdom and dukedoms when Milan wanted to impress France & Germany plus gain respect from the Vatican. Inside we rented audio phones and took in a history...

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Jul 30, 2009 - Milan

We enjoyed another scenic ride from Paris to Milan. Sat near a nice couple who heading to the south of Italy for a week holiday, his name was Francesco so I have decided I would now call Frank the same as it sounds far more sexy. I think we could write a book on the various kinds of accommodation while traveling Europe, the current is called IBIS hotel it includes a small box with a bed in the middle, a stand up shower that only one person can fit into, and the best feature: a large window that you can completely open up and see the roof...

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Jul 12, 2009 - Milano

Milano After flying 12 hours with a 5 hour lay-over in London’s Heathrow airport, I am in Italy. The weather here is balmy. Milano is a major shopping hub, with all of the major Italian fashion stores having their primary out let here. Prada, Zenya, Guici, etc. Also, there are wonderful restaurants and museums. I visited the Duomo (cathedral) and the Galleria (a major shopping area that used to be the business offices for the Catholic church when the pope was stationed in Milan prior to moving to Rome.

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Sep 19, 2008 - First Impressions of Italy

Randy A nine hour express train ride, passing views of the snowcapped Alps, and a nine-thirty pm arrival in Milano set the stage for our introduction into Italy. Why did we begin in Milano when our first desired destination is Venice? Simply put, we could travel to Milano, three hours west of Venice, for a third the price. The $700 price to Venice seemed obscene. Unhappily, once we began phoning hotels in Milano we learned there is a ‘fair’ here and “all hotels are completo” – all the hotels are full on our arrival night. This caused...

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Dec 10, 2007 - On to Milano, Italy .. Tuesday

I finally wised up and have dumped about a third of my luggage with a Dutch charity. Two schools in Holland now have the pages of pictures and addresses of Great Expectations and Birch Grove students back home in Grand Marais. Reading to classes has not been possible so far. Delicious Dutch food and lovely forest, dune and park walking have filled my days. Unfortunately, in London center, I forgot to bring my camera. My guide was an old friend who is a volunteer for the British National Trust Program. I saw dozens of things I would have...

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