Journey into Italy!
Trip Start Sep 14, 2008
25Trip End Dec 15, 2008
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Since were only a couple weeks from being home, Megan and I plan on telling everyone about our adventures soon...but for now we wanted to post all the pictures we've taken so far so you could see!
10 more days woohoo!
Megan and I flew EasyJet over to Milan and I have to say that although we couldn't see the ground below and I knew that was some kind of foreshadowing, being above the clouds and seeing a sea of white, was really cool. So after our one hour flight (Italy is an hour behind Greece) we arrived at the MXP airport in Milan! Wondering how to get into the city we wandered around the airport for a couple minutes, but luckily the Italians believe in labeling and making things much, much easier for people to navigate lol. We bought two bus tickets on the express bus (the only way to get into the city besides the suburban railway which for some odd reason was more...) and with our fingers crossed for a good Italian adventure and how we were going to have some amazing food (well at least better than Happy Bar and Grill) we wound our way through the packed city and of course the first thing Megan spots is a market. I don't know how she does it, but I swear everywhere we go now Megan has an uncanny knack for finding the markets and convincing me we need to go. But we were on the bus at that point and luckily we kept driving into the city so we a bit farther away than she was hoping for.
Lucky for us, our Hotel was pretty central to everything in Milan. We had a metro not too far from us, and beyond that the Central Train Station loomed overhead. Our hopes were high, and after asking three or four people about where our Hotel was, we dropped off our stuff and decided not to wander too far and just have dinner somewhere close. I also learned that for some weird reason the hotels in Italy like to hold onto your key, which I thought was weird but was ok with me considering this one had a giant tacky tassel on the end lol.
So in the mood for some really great Italian food we wandered around central Milan trying to decide what place sounded best. We eventually settled for a cook-to-order restaurant that had a buffet style to it. I know, I know...we were in Italy and eating at a buffet chain? But it wasn't like your Golden Corral back home, instead this place had some really great food, a huge selection of wine, and some great pasta. I actually got a piece of lasagna, which unless its Mom's or Stouffer's Veggie Lasagna, i'm not usually a big fan. But it was pretty good here and Megan got a ravioli dish with a pesto sauce. But knowing we weren't going to full on that alone, I picked up a salad to go with our meal. Picking out the dressing however, proved to be a bit harder. Everything was labeled in Italian and nothing looked like Italian dressing lol! We ended up choosing the thing that looked closest to Thousand Island Dressing and left it to eat last. So after we finished our meals we looked at the salad and dared each other to try it first, I ended up going for it and immediately wanted to gag. The orangish looking sauce we thought was Thousand Island, turned out to be a freakin' mayonaisse sauce! Why in the world it was tinted that color I'll never know.
The one Italian tradition we couldn't pass up, especially on the first night, was eating gelato everywhere we go. Walking back from the Italian buffet place, we stopped by a little dessert store and both got a scoop of gelato. Megan, the ice cream fiend that she is, was in heaven. I admitted that it was pretty good :)
Wanting to save the big stuff for the next day (especially since it was already nighttime) we headed back into the hotel for the night and planned out our trip for the next day.
Castle Sforza, Duomo, Metro, Clock being 2 hours late no matter what, and our attempt at finding the markets.