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Milan #2

Feb 19, 2018 | ALL DESTINATIONS, EUROPE, Italy

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Milanese risotto

Zuzka Greizinger

STEWARDESS

I’m a stewardess, but I used to be an editor for a magazine, so I always have had my head in the clouds. In addition, I’ve always been attracted by the heights and distances and so I came up with a great idea – I could explore the world as a flight attendant! 🙂

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It’s great to be back in Europe after a long time. It’s like having one leg at home …

Milan is a well-known European city of fashion, and at a time when I did not know much about the world and the first time I visited this town many years ago, I considered it one of the most beautiful city in the world… Old buildings, narrow streets, cozy cafés, pizza aroma, melting mozzarella and stylish shopping windows of fashion boutiques… As I have recently noticed, Milan is a popular destination for the Chinese. Around a half of our passengers on our flight were Chinese! While we often buy cheaper faked versions of famous brands in Chinese markets, Chinese people who enjoy nice things, especially those made in Europe, prefer to travel over half a globe to buy the originals. I also enjoy nice things, but for me it’s just enough to go through Milan’s streets, admire shopping windows designs and be inspired by beautiful outfits. And most of all, I am looking forward to the genuine Italian pasta that is lacking in Abu Dhabi! But in order for our stomachs to deserve such goodness, we go with our colleague Edyta from Poland for a short walk to the city…

 

We stay in the hotel near the main Milano Malpensa airport, which has an excellent connection to the city. One option is the train, the second and the cheaper one is direct bus line, which connects the airport and the city for 9 Eur (roundtrip!). When, after about 45 minutes, we arrive to the Milan Central Station (by the way, an impressive building), I try to remember how to get to city center. It’s basically simple way, keep going straight from the main entrance, but I totally forgot that it’s not as close as I thought. Walking takes us a good half an hour. After about 25 minutes we reach the symbol of the whole city – the impressive Gothic Duomo…
The Gothic Milan Dome belongs to the largest in the world, and for many people it is also the most beautiful building in Europe. It has been built for almost two centuries and several decades of renowned chief architects, mostly from Spain, have been replaced, which reflects on the not entirely Italian look of the dome. Today it is the world-famous tourist site and seat of the Milan Archbishop, currently Angelo Cardinal Scola. Tourists can admire the beauty of the cathedral for an entrance fee of 3 euros. The entrance ticket includes entrance to the Cathedral, the Milan Museum and the Church of San Gottardo. However, prepare for a long queue in front of the dome, the last visitors can enter ten minutes before 6 o’clock in the evening. The admission fee is a bit more expensive – 9 Euros, if you enjoy stairs or 13 Euros for those who prefer a lift. There are almost no queues in front of the elevator. For lovers of history, there are still daily passes for 12 (without elevator) and 16 Euros (with elevator) that allow access to all the beautiful sites of Duomo, including its rooftop… Guess which path we chose? 🙂
As soon as we get enough of the perspective with beautiful sunset, the time for dinner has come and I look forward to it. As time runs faster when you fully enjoy a day, we do not have time to go to favorite site of Navigli (means canal in Italian), but we stay in nearby Galleria mall, which is also worth a visit. It is the center of the most prestigious brands and also a few Italian restaurants. This is a pretty tourist affair, so choose carefully according to the menu offered. We will opt for a traditional restaurant that does not offer frozen products but a handmade pasta. And especially in the menu they have my favorite ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta with a simple butter sauce!… A red Merlot bottle and a nice conversation with a colleague and we do not want to go back to hotel!…
But when you are in Milan, you should really visit also Navigli – a beautiful neighborhood around the two canals – Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Paves, with a splendid Italian atmosphere and a lot off genuine Italian restaurants, bistros, wine bars, cafés, designer boutiques and galleries. From Duomo it is a pleasant walk, but you can shorten your way by the green metro line (from the center it‘s only three stops) and get off at Porto Genoa station or take a longer route – by tram no. 14, 2, 9 or 3. Sundays host an extra vintage bazaar! 🙂

Amsterdam

Famous for its tulips, windmills, clogs, canals, bridges, bicycles and coffeeshops. But most of all, however, it is mainly a city of freedom, unbridled life, nightclubs and sex with a joint between your fingers…

Milan #2

Even more fantastic than the interior of the dome, however, is its rooftop terraces where the beautiful view is not only over the impressive details of the entire building but also over the city itself.

Rome #1

Rome is my love since I’ve seen an old movie with Audrey Hepburn Vacanze Romane. I do not know more romantic place in the world then Rome.

Milan #1

For a Christmas spirit, we have to travel to Europe. I’m so glad I have in my schedule the flight to Milan!

Rome #2

Do you know where the secret places are? Where you can take iconic postcard-look-like pictures without disturbing heads of Chinese tourists?

Zuzka Greizinger

STEWARDESS

I’m a stewardess, but I used to be an editor for a magazine, so I always have had my head in the clouds. In addition, I’ve always been attracted by the heights and distances and so I came up with a great idea – I could explore the world as a flight attendant! 🙂

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