Milan, Luna Rossa and Curls
We arrived in Milan around noon, with our usual stop for coffee and sustenance, then on to our one night lodging, very nice and close to the train station. We decided to try the Hop-on-Hop off bus to see an overview of Milan and also just to get around. It is a slow method to get from A to B, but narrations in earphones describe the sights and we were not in a hurry. We did have a mission while in Milan to find some fabric for Anna, which was kind of fun. It is the city of fashion and we figured we could handle the task. We saw some great sights, such as the elaborate shopping mall and this very old castle, see the pics below.
While on the bus, we noticed a fabric shop nearby. We Hopped-Off, and made our way there with a delicious stop for pizza. The shop owners were a cute older couple who spoke no English (it is Italy, after all). We showed them pictures of what Anna had sent, for stretchy kids pajamas, and an elegant dress for Anna. They shook their heads no to both. They seemed to only have fabric appropriate for silk scarves for sale. Oh well, strike one.
As the day wore on, our feet were barking, so we headed to a canal area for a drink and dinner. The day had turned nice and with an Aperol Spritz in hand, Sue felt very Italian.
The waiter then brought us a “snack” seen above, which looked more like dinner. Delicious idea. This seemed to be the custom, because another Aperol Spritz in Milan was also followed by a platter of snacks, gratis!
The next day we muddled around trying to figure out what to do with our luggage as we had another full day in Milan and we had checked out of our BnB. We were taking the overnight train to Paris, departing at 2310. After dragging it to left luggage at the train station and finding out it would cost an arm and a leg, we belatedly took our host’s recommendation and dragged it back to our building to leave it with the reception. We set off for the next fabric store, a nice walk through Milan to find. It was great, we met with the woman who did speak English and found some lovely dress fabric. Success! Don’t you LOVE it?
With an engineer’s fondness for all things Leonardo da Vinci, we decided to visit the Science and Technology museum. A quick Metro ride and we were there. It is large, very educational, with lots on sustainability and the use of the planet, along with some good technology exhibits. As we were trying to find our way out, it was a bit of a maze, we came to a huge building with trains, ships and other cool things.
Kind of wished we stumbled into this building earlier. We climbed aboard locomotives, saw a fully rigged 250’ tall ship inside the building (they modified the ceiling to accommodate the masts) and the actual Luna Rossa, Italy’s America’s cup 72’ foiling catamaran! Hmm, wonder if we could swap this boat for the Sunsail 444 we have booked in Belize this Saturday?
Beauty abounded in Milan that day. Some people have all the good looks (and curls). It’s the Freeman Female mystique.
Awww, Matt is a bit corny.
We decided to continue our habit of visiting small museums, in search of art gems (well, Sue is more the force here). We went to the GAM, Galleria d’Arte Moderne. It was well curated and ordered, a great exhibit by Morbelli. Some nice collections, though not sure we found any hidden gems, it was a nice visit.
One highlight of the hop on hop off tour was seeing this green building, it is covered in trees. The area is new and the buildings are
Bosco Verticale is a residential tower, 111 meters high with over 900 trees and other vegetation. It’s intent is for the trees to absorb carbon dioxide that our internal combustion engines emit and produce oxygen. The building is self sufficient by using renewable energy and recycles it’s waste water to sustain the plants.
To our musical friends, we found this sculpture of Wolfgang when he was a young boy. It was carved in 1874.
We concluded our evening with a lovely dinner (Rissotto Milano), retrieving our luggage and arriving galactically early for our 2310 overnight train to Paris. Far superior to the overnight ferry from Split. Notice the Prosecco and orange juice we found in our room.
Paris-London, here we come!