Oh, the Places You'll Go: Milan
Alright, I just really loved Milan, ok?
We had a huge hotel room (I may or may not have gotten lost once or twice. Seriously, it was huge. Also, I locked myself in the bathroom accidentally and I had to spend a good ten minutes messing with the stupid but beautiful skeleton key when our train was leaving in half an hour).
|THEN THERE WAS THIS THING. It was a bookstore. |
On the side of the street. Just sitting there. Hardcover books in
Italian. IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL.
The Expo had just finished in November, so it was really interesting to see the blend of incredibly old and incredibly new mixing. It was a holiday for the day we were there and the weather was really nice (15-20 degrees C, sunny), so we were able to waltz down the near-empty street (ok, maybe not waltz, but walk, definitely), enjoying the weather and the quiet afternoon. So much of Milan felt beautiful for beauty's sake: streamers in an air vent, bubbles, street bookstores (see above), a street of world flags, beautiful balcony railings (like everywhere in Europe), etc. etc.
Then we went to this castle thing, which was super cool. Castles are awesome. And huge. How did people build things that big with limited technology? I can't even build a card castle.
|The castle and me.|
The Milan Cathedral was incredibly cool. Of course, it was packed with people which was less fun, but it was still pretty cool. Dad had some birdseed, so all the pigeons attacked him and he looked like a nerd in a comic convention. Also, I'd hate to skydive onto the cathedral. There were so many spikes on the top that I'd be slightly worried about being impaled (in this theoretical situation where I'm skydiving over Italy).
We were able to go to the top of the cathedral and the view from the roof was incredible. We could see for miles, then the sun went down and we took pictures of the sunset. (There were also lots of people kissing on the roof, which I thought was mildly inappropriate. Like yeah, church, but also public place!)
|I love this picture. Is the statue shaking his |
fist at the city or the sky?
|At the bottom of the cathedral.|