Sunday, May 4, 2014

24 Hours in Milan

It may not sound like much, but 24 hours in Milan was a generous amount of time compared to last year.  Last year we had less than 60 seconds in Milan - a late train from La Spezia put us into the station mere seconds before our connecting train to Venice departed.  So 24 hours was a lot, especially since we didn't plan on being there in the first place.  But we had an extra day sooooo.....24 hours in Milan.  

It was crazy busy and it was a holiday so most of the major sites were closed.  No visit to the La Scala Opera house, no visit to the Last Supper.  But we had a great time just wondering around the city.

What happens when you take 3500 statues, 135 spires, 5 bronze doors
and put them together over 500 years?
The Duomo - the 5th largest cathedral in the world.
The organist and choir were practicing - awesome.  Sometimes we're
lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

Milan breathes fashion and shopping is the thing to do.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II  lends an old world elegance to current fashion design.

Home to the flagship Prada store, Louis Vuitton and Gucci.

The lovely Galleria was constructed in 1867.

A more modern Milan - but notice that the stone is the same as that of the Duomo.

There is Art Nouveau/Art Deco Milan.

The Milan of the grand (and grafittied) entrance.

Decorative to the max Milan.

 The Milan of odd creatures - a church facade.

Sweetly touristic Milan.

The Milan of quieter side streets that 1.3 million people call home.

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