James had arranged tickets to Milano for 3 days. He had spent the first half of the year at the
Luigi Bocconi Business School in Milano, and we were keen to be shown around by him.
We travelled down through spectacular alpine scenery, which had been dusted by fresh snow overnight, and after a few cool days in Switzerland we were glad to see the sun shining in Milano and temperatures in the 30's.
We had arranged accommodation at a Milano
B&B which we learnt on arrival means "bed & bed"; breakfast is not one of the "B"s, but it was a nice enough place & on the tram route. Our first stop after depositing luggage was a restaurant near Bocconi for lunch where we got straight into the Italian midday meal thing with pizza. Huge meals for us but James helped us "dominate" our servings. Then onto the university and environs, including espresso at Taxi Café which felt like a typical university social spot, although the students are probably more affluent than our Otago experience. Bocconi is expensive when you aren't there on exchange as James was. James took us on a tour of the university, which was quiet given most students had finished exams.
We shopped as we walked towards the Duomo, which is Milano's cathedral and easily on a par with Notre Dame from our perspective. We found the BEST mango heera gelato that day. Other offerings after that didn't quite stack up.
Our evening meal was an aperativo at one of .
James' haunts Food is supplied free with drinks, so we quickly learned how to stack up with food like the students did, and we sat on a cocktail quietly enjoying the balmy outdoors. Well fed, we walked around the Navigli to enjoy the night life alongside the canal, and stopped at a winebar to try some local vino and listen to James share his wonderful ideas for business back home.
Day 2 in Milano was more sightseeing, and shopping with
necessary coffee/drink stops, and of course aperativo at another bar on Navigli that night. This bar was renowned for the size of its cocktails and the glasses were such big bowls that you could have kept a couple of fish in them without being accused of cruelty.
Other than bars and fashion shops, Milano has an old castle, the
oldest shopping mall in the world with a beautiful glass domed roof over the entire block it covers, and of course the Ferrari shop.
It's not a beautiful city per se, but the buildings have wonderful stone balconies that caught Jen's eye.
The Milano experience can be summed up as WAS...Walk, Aperativo, and Shop. Not that we bought much in fact, but we walked miles in the process.