Milan short stay
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Arrived at Bergamo Airport just after 11am local time. Thanks to some advice from Danikbates, I'd already decided just to get the bus into Milan and had bought my ticket for it on board the plane. Buses sit just outside the arrival area and one was sitting waiting to connect with the flight and I was soon on my way.
Bus dropped off at the back of the main Milan Centrale station soon after midday. Thought the first course of action should be to confirm my exit strategy. I had it worked out before I left, but had been unable to book it online. Went in a waited a short while in the queue at the international office in the station, and then didn't have any better luck. I'd originally wanted to depart on the 22-40 to Verona and change there as this would give me time to have a sleep on board the train.
Often I think I go trips with just a rough plan, and this is the reason why. So often you have to change your plans and wing it anyway :-D
Still I just had to get on with it. The main reason for coming in through Italy was to buy cigarettes (£25 a carton cheaper in Italy and hence the reason for an 80l rucksack ;-) )and I found a Tabacci in the station and sorted that bit out. Headed out and had a wander round the streets round the station before heading down onto the metro and out to the Duomo. Having checked it out before hand, Milan is fairly industrial and the Duomo and the fashion shopping are the main attractions.
The Duomo was stunning though, with the bright sunshine lighting it up. Walked round it but didn't go in and then walked across the square andinto the Galleria Vittoria Emanuelle. Here is where you'll find Prada and Louis Vuitton, but I'm not that much of a fashion guru and was more impressed with the mall itself. Pretty classy.
Time was marching on and to avoid any risk of delays decided to head back to the station. Found a wee supermarket at the side of the station and stocked up with provisions. That for me meant a bottle of coke, a packet of crisps and a bag of liquorise sweets.
Headed up to the platforms and even around 3pm on a Sunday it was very congested, and the arrival of my train,the one going to Venice, was delayed meaning no platform for departure could be put up on the board. Meant a lot of people milling about on the concourse below the board. It did eventually pull in and still departed on time for Verona.