Saturday, October 27, 2012

Milano and Gelato

If you've been reading my blog since the beginning, you'll notice that Italy wasn't originally in our plan. This is because Angelina and I have both already traveled pretty extensively around Italy and we wanted to try and explore just places that were new to us. So how did we end up in Milan? Well, a couple weeks into our trip Angelina's family called and invited us to stay with them in a small town outside of Genova. Call me crazy, but last time I went to Italy I didn't really enjoy it, so I wasn't particularly excited to go back. Despite my distaste, I knew it was really important to Angelina, so we rerouted ourselves and decided if we're going to Italy, we might as well visit a couple cities.

I didn't dislike Milan the last time I visited, but  it wasn't particularly memorable. The only thing I did remember is how well dressed everyone was, and that is definitely something that hasn't changed. You won't find people walking around in sweatpants! The sidewalk is a fashion show, and everywhere you go you see either a store or an advertisement for a designer label. Even the train station has tons of designer shops in it. That being said, I didn't feel like I was being judged for wearing worn out travelers jeans and Converse. People in Milan are actually really friendly!

(Milan's most famous shopping - Galeria Vottio Emanuele)

We spent our time leisurely walking around the city. We saw the famous Duomo, watched Italian boys play soccer in the park and then got epically lost trying to find our way back. And of course, we ATE! Serious Italian food overload. Pizza, pasta, lasagna, risotto, and an absolutely embarrassing amount of gelato. That being said, Angelina and I walk and hike so much that despite the insane amount of food I've been eating I've somehow managed to lose some weight on this trip. This is the first time in my life I can eat what I want and lose weight, and dear god it's amazing. I don't want it to end!

(Yeah. This happened. In my stomach.) 

(The Duomo)

(Angelina Canepa - pigeon whisperer)

(A beautiful hidden residential entrance we stumbled upon) 

Milan is a cool city with an interesting vibe, but unless you're really into fashion I'd say it's not a destination to be rushing over to see. If you're looking to go to Italy to soak up some culture, I would recommend visiting Florence or Naples.

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