Milan, shopping, sun, sumptuous, sexy and solitary

Trip Start Aug 16, 2005
Trip End Feb 03, 2006

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Friday, August 19, 2005

Milan, shopping, sun, sumptuous, sexy and solitary. Here I was again in my initial culture break/shock in the home of Prada and Ferrari. August heat and humidity meant the Milanese had left in their droves. I'd arrived to a ghost city and a Fawlty Towers hotel with the same member of staff doing multi-roles in the hotel. What I hadn't thought about is how much I wanted to be in Paris. I really did miss Paris, My friends, sushi 3 times a week, my 5 floors of stairs and the 6 months of Parisian behaviour that had rubbed off on me a little.

The first few days in Milan, I wondered what had I done - moving to Milan? I do not speak Italian and so far they do not speak Inglezce!

My choice of apartments was limited, since the catchphrase I heard too often 'well it IS august Madame'. Yes I came to Milan in August when nothing happened yes in Paris some shops had closed down, office barely full in Milan the office had only 15 out of the normal 120 working. The first hotel I tried to make a reservation replied 'sorry we cannot make the reservation as for the holiday season we will be closed in the month of august' wow, a hotel even shut!
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