Milan, here we are!
Milan Travel Blog› entry 6 of 6 › view all entries
September 19th, 2009 – by: ik-ben-10eke
We woke up about 7 AM, the couple who entered at Cologne had a little child to take care off, and to make sure they were awake in time they had set their alarm. It was less than an hour from the Swiss/Italian border to Milan, and as soon as the steward returned the tickets and ID's all of the people who were in our compartment packed their luggage and got waiting at the door to leave the train (which was not yet at Milan Center), so again we had the compartment for the two of us. I packed some raisin buns, yoghurt, fruit, so we had an easy breakfast while the train was still moving.
We arrived 7.
We did not need a shower yet, but even that was not available on this station, at least we never saw the facility.
Okay, let's get it straight, maybe there was some of those facilities, but we are quite aware we should not look like we are searching for our way, especially not in big city stations, so we kept on walking like we knew our way around.
So, without the knowledge of where to go, we got out of the station again, this time on another spot, and here was a taxi stand, some streettrains, and at the side of the station building a small supermarket, we took the opportunity to buy some bottles of water.
Outside was an older man, we asked him where the Duomo was, what direction, (we used our hands and the expression on our faces), and he pointed out we could go by metro, but we rather watned to walk, and how far that would be. Those Italians are master in talking with their hands, and we had not trouble at all in understanding it would take us about 25 minutes. (This man turned out to be an exception on providing information).
So we set off, and about half an hour later we were at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the glass covered shopping mall next to Piazza dell Duomo.
A few moments later we were at the Piazza del Duomo, where we had a magnificent view at one of the biggest cathedrals in the world. What a magnificent sight, my goodness! Masterpiece of art, and so beautiful decorated. We gazed a awhile, both on the outside and the inside.
Then it was time to have some coffee, and explore the center of the town a bit more.
While we strolled the streets we noticed a company of nice dressed people waiting in front of a little church.
We continued our stroll, and enjoyed the mix of old and new. Lots of traffic - cars, scooters - and lots of beautiful old buildings.
We made sure not to dwell too far from Duomo, so around noon we were at Piazza del Duomo again.
Walking on we noticed a tower, which turned out to be part of Castelllo Sforzesco. We still had some buns in our bags, so we sat down in the shade in front of the castle with a beautiful view on the fountain and had a bite to eat. Ofcourse I took too much food with me, so with the reamining bread we did feed the pigeons.
We entered the Castello, to found out there were several museums located in the castle.
Instead we left the Castello and headed back the direction of the Piazza del Duomo, not without a detour ofcourse.
On the way back we noticed this cafe/restaurant - it was already past 2 PM and we only had some buns so it was about time to have a more decent lunch. When we entered it turned out the interior was nice and there was plenty of room to sit.
Satisfied by the food and the rest we felt we could continue our stroll, and went on to the Duomo again. Ofcourse it was much busier now than it was in the morning. We did not go up for the view from the cathedral, I have been told that you can see the Alps from here, but my vertigo orders me to stay at ground level.
After a while we did feel our feet protesting again. Okay, we deal with that our special way: Buy a public transport ticket and hop on any streettrain for more sightseeing. Usually the streettrains take you out of the city center, but we don't mind about that. When the area is getting to look more and more suburban, we hop off, walk across the street and wait for the same line to get us back to the center again.
This is a great way to look at people. I love the Italian way of talking with both mouth and hands. My oldest daughter always tell me not too wave with my hands when I'm talking, so it felt to me like I was in a very familiar place. When back at the city center again it was time for gelato, we did not had that yet. The sweet, spicy flavors are my favorite, like coffee or chocolate, but my sister had set her mind on lemon.
It did not take long before she had her limone, and I had mine of coffeeflavor.
We sat down at the piazza to enjoy our icecream, very tired, But... we had not been at the luxuary shops at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. My sister needed a new purse so we entered Gucci, but apart from the prices the models were not to her liking, so we left the shop again.
We also looked at the Swarovski glass and crystal ware, and the silverware at Bernasconi, really beautiful.
Finally, at a street stall we bought some rolls filled with meat and cheese, and set off on the metro the Stazione Central.
Opposite the station is a MacDonalds where we bought some portions of yoghurt for our breakfast the next morning, because we were not sure whether there was a restaurant car added to our train.
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