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Spring 2018 Vacation Day 5: Last Supper, La Scala, Duomo


Early morning. Last Supper. We had 8:15 am tickets. We mapped out an easy 8 stop subway trip. Bought €4.50 all day subway tickets. That all worked perfectly. But got off the subway, was supposed to be only 350 meters to the church. Except the GPS on my phone was wonky and didn’t change walking in different directions. And the map we had doesn’t have all the streets. We got slightly panicked, so let Uber come to the rescue again. Expensive short trip, but so worth it.

The Last Supper is in the Santa Maria Delle Maria monestary. NOT the church, as we later saw many signs. They take in groups of about 25 people. 15 minutes. Low light (that made photography challenging). But it is spectacular and worth the trip. It looks different from different angles.IMG_5249

After our time was up, we of course visited the church itself. DSC_0068DSC_0080

Next stop for the day (after breakfast) was the La Scala Opera House. It isn’t much from the outside.IMG_5254

But it’s gorgeous inside. 6 rings of boxes above the orchestra. Can’t take pictures inside the opera house, but I kinda snuck one from the hallway.IMG_5253

There is also an opera museum, but not being fans of opera, it didn’t do much for us.

Off to lunch, we found a healthy restaurant that did the trick. We passed a September 11 monument that was really interesting.IMG_5256

Last site of the day was the Duomo. We had a rooftop walking tour that took you right to the flying buttresses, figures and the gold statue on the top. Some amazing sites. DSC_0094DSC_0105DSC_0108DSC_0112DSC_0118DSC_0120

After the outside was the inside. (Almost) equally impressive. I’m a sucker for ribbed ceilings and stained glass. DSC_0122DSC_0131DSC_0134DSC_0136DSC_0137

We chose a neighborhood restaurant for our last dinner (see what I did there). Back home tomorrow!

Spring 2018 Vacation Day 3: Outside of the Duomo, Tomorrow to Como


I had not seen pictures of the Duomo before walking up on it. DSC_0969

It is amazing in its size and intricacy. The only church that it reminds me of is Sagrada Familia. We are taking a tour inside on Tuesday, so today we just walked around it and listened to a Rick Steves walking tour of the area around the church. DSC_0979DSC_0981

You can’t think about Milan without thinking about Leonardo di Vinci. We see the Last Supper on Tuesday.DSC_0993

The shopping in Milan is truly something. Even the shopping arcades are works of art.

We lunched and then went to the Pinacoteca di Brera museum. Appropriate place to visit on Easter Sunday as there were literally hundreds of Jesus and Mary paintings from the Renaissance.

We stopped for coffee/tea and Belgian fries on the way back to a short stay at our apartment. Then we were off to dinner at a fancy restaurant, Terrazza Gallia, just across from the sketchy train station!

The meal was amazing, with lots of amuse bouche along the way. I had venison for dinner, most tender meat perhaps I’ve ever had. IMG_5211

We had a chocolate mousse for dessert. It was topped with real gold. Really!IMG_5212

It was over a two hour meal, and as much about the experience as the food. We were glad to walk home and relive a great dinner.

Tomorrow, Ellen believes the Clooneys will welcome us in Como. We’ll see.

Spring 2018 Vacation Day 2: Finishing Zurich, Off To Milan


Doesn’t the above photo look exactly what a European square should look like?

After not the greatest night sleep for either of us, we were ready to get going again anyway. Breakfast at the hotel, and then off for Ellen’s most important destination, Thomas Sabo. They have 2 shops here, and we had to hit them both!

Next was the Fraumünster Church, famous for the Chagall stained glass windows (and not allowing photography inside). Outside of church looked like this:IMG_5185

And from their website, the Chagall windows: chagall

Back across the bridge, we went into the Grossmünster Church. Plain inside, but we could check it off. Here’s a view of both churches: IMG_5188

We then returned to our hotel to check out, and then walked to the train station. We stopped at a grocery store in the train station underground and picked up some cheese and crackers for Ellen and some fruit (yes, Passover is underway) for me.

It was a 3.5 hour train ride from Zurich to Milan. Comfortable and nice views of snow and Alps along the way. At the Milan train station, we found a 3 cellular store. For €25 each, we got SIM cards with 15GB each. SO. MUCH. DATA. Milan train station:IMG_5192

We’re staying at an AirBNB. The hostess provided good instructions to get there via tram or subway. The 3 employee suggested the tram, but we had trouble figuring out where to buy tickets. The train station was slightly sketchy, so once I verified that my phone had data and that Uber was available, I decided that’s how we were going. €10 to transport us and our luggage about a mile, money well spent!!

We met our hostess and love our apartment! We made a quick trip to the grocery store to buy stuff I can eat. We then walked about 1/2 an hour to dinner at Paper Moon. I will now use this as the standard for a caprese salad: IMG_5195

The mozzarella had taste! Ellen had pasta, I had a plateful (literally) of lamb chops.IMG_5196

Tomorrow, we will take in Easter in Milan and do a bunch of walking tours. The Italy portion is off to a good start!