A Milano

Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
Trip End Dec 02, 2009

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Mr. Beem

Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Saturday, October 10, 2009

Well, after all that moaning and groaning about Ryan Air, the experience was just fine. Probably because I slept for most of the way! At one point I woke up because of the turbulence and thought, "argh, these rickety Ryan Air planes." Well, take a look at my photo to see just why there was a bit of turbulence. So awesome.

I landed in Bergamo and dropped my bags at security. I braved another intense downpour. Major enough to actually make me pull out my bright red rain coat. And the lightning was right at the airport. The thunder made a 40-year-old tough guy next to me at the bus stop clasp his ears like a little girl. Made me chuckle.

Bergamo was everything you told me it would be, Molly! I loved it. And took two funiculars. And had amazing vegetarian lasagna. And saw some of the craziest-awesome things of my whole life. Again, check out these pictures.

Then I took the shuttle to Milan, slept some more, and met my new hostel-mates. We went to this fabulous happy hour where you buy a 6 euro tall beer and then get access to their Italian buffet. More like Italian feast. There were easily 5 antipasti platters (and I mean huge platters), 5 pasta platters, 4 pizzas, 4 seafood or meat entree platters and then 2 or 3 dishes and cake pans of sweets. And they just kept replenishing the food. It was fantastic. We then headed to the city to see the Duomo at night. It was really cool but SO WET. Man, Paris and Milan can let loose with some rain.

Today I returned to the Duomo by underground. Again, I'm so much better at that mode of transport. It's just bizarre. I wandered around, was bummed that the archaeological site and duomo museum were both closed for renovations, went to an a-mazing vegetarian restaurant (more to come on that) and then returned to the duomo to take a nap on the roof -- no I'm not exaggerating, then came back downstairs, attended mass at the duomo and headed home. I didn't really see much of Milan, but I have to get some kind of points for spending almost 6 hours in or around a church!

So. The vegetarian place. I had read about in Rick Steve's book (by the way, turns out his name only has one "e" not 2 like I've been spelling it. And when I say turns out, I mean I finally actually looked at the cover of the book). It's a vegetarian restaurant. I know! A vegetarian restaurant in Italy, how could I not go? So I went. It was packed but I got what I believe is the best seat in the house. I was staring directly at the kitchen. Watching 2 ladies -- one older Italian and one younger, slender ex-model. (Or at least that's what it seemed.) They were making plate after plate of  incredible food. And I got to see it all come and go! I ordered this heavenly mixed plate. There was veggie lasagna, spinach quiche, fennel au gratin, stewed potatoes and carrots, zucchini with polenta and some fried veggie-ness. Wuf. It was delicious.

So delicious in fact that I asked the little old Italian woman if I could possibly study with her. (I know, who do I think I am? The guy who wrote 'Heat'?) She said that if I came back in mid-November she would let me watch her and talk to me about "cucina". I told her that I could come the first week but would be in Spain the rest of November and then back home. She said something in Italian with a big smile and everybody laughed. I said, "Well, I had to ask!" with an equally big smile. I'm just hoping that whatever she said in Italian wasn't, "Okay then, let's have you come tomorrow and get started." But I don't think it was. :)

Tonight I'm again in Milan. After that huge meal, and my nap on the roof of the Duomo, I opted to skip dinner. But now it's 11pm and I'm regretting my decision. I may grab a slice of pizza. But now I'm entering annoying Facebook update territory. "____ is eating lunch" "_____ is tired" " ____ is awake" Thanks for the notice.

Anyway, I was going to poll the crowd for my next move. My plan HAD been to go to Lake Como tomorrow. But it's off season and the weather should be in the high 60's so not really 'laying out' temps. I'm sure Lake Como is beautiful but how beautiful? I have a 2-day metro pass so I could also just hang around Milan tomorrow and see more than just the duomo. Or I could move on to Verona or elsewhere. I think I've decided to scrap Prague for a cooking class somewhere in Italy.

Any thoughts?
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hollylolly on

Lake Como
Hey Josie,

While my visits to Italy have never included Lake Como, my parents loved visiting there. And, my stepsister said it is her favorite place. Not to mention, George Clooney has a house there. And you know how he's into younger women!

As for the cooking class - I think that is a fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime sort of choice. Excellent. Come back to CA and cook for me!


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