We set off on the 23rd December, ready to travel into the unknown, as this part of Italy is unchartered territory for us.
We arrived at our hotel after an exhausting day but were delighted with the hotel, its position and its closeness to train station, metro and trams.
|Day 1 Eileen and Duomo|
The biggest challenge we thought was to cope with me hobbling around with my walking stick. Not so... the walking was challenging but the metro, the trains and the trams were what made me raise my game. The walking, I seemed to take in my stride.
As it was a must to visit the famous Milan cathedral, day one saw us enjoying blue skies and the milling crowds in the square in front of the cathedral that took nearly 600 years to build!
Milan is a beautiful city, especially when there are festivities every day and fabulous meals and wine to enjoy. Every meal added to our adventures. We even enjoyed the intermittent power cut at our restaurant on New Year's Eve.
|Eileen's New Year Dinner|
|Andy at Mamma Rosa's|
The weather was variable. We got soaked in some very heavy rain but weren't too keen on photographing the grey and damp times. As you can see from our wine glasses, we were exploring glass half full adventures... and keeping smiling...
We explored much of the city although a return visit to take in more of the museums is a must. Leonardo da Vinci's experiential museum was a mega three hour delight exploring what a human mind can envisage. His connection with Milan is so much more than the famous painting of The Last Supper, which is on the to do list next time...
First visit, get orientated... second visit, who knows?
|New Year's Day|
Milan on New Year's eve was awash with street parties and fireworks seemingly on every corner and come the 1st January you would have thought that the party animals would be sleeping in. No... in fact they were queueing up to enter their cathedral to celebrate a new year.
Our adventure was thrilling, even in some ways life changing however it was good to get home and enjoy the sunset over the River Clyde...