Models, Museums and McDonalds

Trip Start Sep 05, 2011
Trip End Oct 19, 2011

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Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Monday, September 19, 2011

Milan a place full of the rich and famous and also full of those who want to be. I have to say I quite like Milan, even though I have only had two days here I could easily stay for a few more to see what else it has to offer.
Yes it is full of Models, and wanna be models. It appears that Fashion week is coming up and construction of runways and catwalks is taking place all over the city and of course in all the famous sightseeing spots so it has been interesting trying to dodge the construction and imagine that museum or building with out the scaffholding. So that also means that are plenty of models about going on castings and go sees. You see them coming a mile away. They tower above everyone else and their heels just make them seen even taller and they are super skinny it is really quite bad when you see them in the flesh, they really do need a good feed. It appears to stay thin in Milan you must smoke. I was suprised with the amount of women and young girls who smoke here.
I also happened to run into a few famous people.Not that I knew who they were but with the amount of paparazzi and crowds you would think that an alien had just landed or it was actually someone really important but no it is just someone famous for doing nothing really.

As much as I like Milan it is horribly pretentious and materialistic you wander the pedestrian streets past every designer imaginable where there are door men(security guards) deciding who can come i.n  There is some fabulous fashion and not being a shopper I was even a little bit in awe and yes it would be nice if once you could go in and try on a famous designers dress or shoes. Abercrombie and Fitch had a very nice door man, he had no shirt on and lets just say he wasn't bad to look at.

I spent my time visiting the Duomo. I went down into the crypt which houses the remains of San Carlo 'borromeo from 1584 and he is there for all to see in his casket. The cathedral apparently also houses the nail that is said to have impaled Jesus's right hand. There were some fantastic sculptures and stain glass in the cathedral and I was suprised to see that to gain entry you had to pass armed soldiers who metal detect you. I haven't had that done at any other  Duomo so far. You can also go onto the roof however it is an automated ticket machine and you need to have the correct money to enter and it always seemed when I was going past I didn't have the right amount so I will have to leave it to my next visit.

I was unable to go to see the Last supper as you have to get tickets in advance and I tried to book before I left but they had already sold out. I was hoping for a few no shows but there were no spare spots.

I also went to the Castello Sforzesco an immense brick castle whose defences where designed by
Da Vinci. Some further adjustments were made by Napoleon when he removed the draw bridges and drained the moat. The Castello now contains a series of museums where for 3 euro you can visit one or all. One contains an unfinished sculpture by Michaelangelo (his last unfinished work). There were also magnificent ceiling and wall frescos one designed and painted by Da Vinci. They also had an interesting Egyptian museum and Museum of Musical instruments. After spending some time here, well I actually had to leave as the close for lunch I wandered around the adjoining park where I managed to walk into what appeared to be an ad shoot for Lego. A giant pile had been placed in the middle of the park and just as they started filming I wandered across in the background. After some gentle words to kindly get out of the way I wandered back down into the city where I decided it was time for lunch and yes I went to McDonalds. I know i really shouldn't have but I just didn't want pasta or pizza again and I have to say it actually tasted pretty good. I perched myself on a stool by the window and had a great time people watching.

They also do this thing here called Aperitivi. It is where in an evening they have Happy Hour, but along with your drink you get a buffet of snacks, antipasta, pasta, bruschetta. You just go up and help yourself. Yes generally drinks are a little more expensive at this time but as they are all the same price you go for a cocktail. 
I finished off my day with a little present to myself of some small petit four like treats. I haven't really had any sweets since I have been in Italy so thought I had better before I leave. Oh and for those of you who wonder if I bought anything yes I can say I did some shopping in Milan but sadly it was only at H & M.

I head to Lake como tomorrow and hope the sun keeps on shining.
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Margaret F on

You do a good description of your travels Tan. Very enjoyable, it's like being there with you. Thanks. xx

tan14 on

Am glad you are enjoying it. Excuse any spelling or grammar mistakes etc. I usually don't get time to proof read them.

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