I got my part of this winter’s flu and influenza season, which glued me to the sofa for quite a while and led to an unplanned two-week break from blogging (and pretty much everything else). When feeling like being run over by a steamroller, there’s nothing that cheers me up better than going back in time and diving into the golden memories of the trips I’ve done.
While doing that, I found a hidden folder full of pictures from our trip to Italy, Germany and Poland in 2013. The 4th #NoFilter project organized by London City Airport provided an excellent reason to share with you some unfiltered memories from beautiful Milan. The posts participating in this project will be reviewed by Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy, who has lived in Italy since 2003.
For me, this trip was my very first visit in Italy, ever. The main purpose of the whole trip was actually a wedding in Poland, but as our friends were living in Pavia at the time, we took it as an opportunity to visit Italy and, of course, Milan.
All the roads might lead to Rome, but when spending a day in Milan, it starts and ends at the Cathedral square, Piazza del Duomo. Here they are, the best memories I have from Milan, exactly how I remember them. Some true moments of life.
Memories from Milan: Looking for the bull’s balls
Besides Duomo di Milano, one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, is located at the square. As you might know, I’m not much of a shopper, but I do love silly traditions. So, to make sure everything will go well in Milan and you’ll have a perfect day, look for a picture of a bull on the floor of the shopping mall. According to an old tradition, placing your right heel on the testicles of the bull and spinning around three times will bring good luck and drive away the bad spirits.
Memories from Milan: Saying hi to Leonardo da Vinci
Going through the shopping mall, you’ll reach another square, Piazza della Scala, which is surrounded by beautiful, historical buildings. And Mr. da Vinci. When you are a tourist, you can act like a tourist.
Memories from Milan: Finding a piece of nature at the city centre
When talking about Milan, you might envisage a fashion capital with enormous buildings, architectural wonders and busy streets full of people. Until you arrive to a huge park, Parco Sempione, and you completely forget being in a big city. Having the view of Sforza Castle and the famous “Arch of Peace”, Porta Sempione, the city gate of Milan all in the same place, this is the spot that I have the greatest memory of.
And of course having a refreshing break at the fountain in front of the castle.
Memories from Milan: Having a drink at Piazza del Duomo before leaving Milan
The day starts and ends at the Cathedral square. Which is great, because it’s full of people, no matter what time of the day it is. At dusk you get a completely different view, not only of the Cathedral, but everything around. And if you look at the picture very carefully, you can see Madonnina, the golden statue of the Virgin Mary protecting the Cathedral and the city of Milan on top of the church.
Even though the amount of pictures for #NoFilter project was limited to max. 5 photographs, I do have one more memory to share with you. That is the very last thing we did before leaving Italy. As low budget travelers, we skipped the 15 euro beers at the restaurants and enjoyed our pints of beer, purchased from a hot dog cart, at the square right in front of the Cathedral. After an amazing day in Milan, which contained a lot of walking, it was time to say goodbye to Milan and my lovely yellow shoes. Such a sad day. But I guess it was time for them to go, or what do you think?
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