Travels with V

Milan

Milan

In the capital of fashion

Milan, the second largest city in Italy with more than 1,2 million inhabitants, is a bubbling metropolis and of course a fashion and design hotspot, maybe the most important in Europe. Its most famous building is probably the iconic cathedral Il Duomo, placed exactly in the city’s midpoint. It’s church with an almost ridiculous amount of spires and towers, statues and reliefs.

IL DUOMO
MAGNIFICENT ARTWORK ON CHURCH DOOR
CLOSE-UP OF RELIEFS ON DOOR
SOME LADIES CUT OFF THE HEAD OF A SOLDIER

Our visit to Milan was a rather hasty one, so we spent most of our time around the Cathedral and the square facing it, the Piazza del Duomo. This is a hangout for Milans and tourists alike, it’s always crowded. In daytime it’s also the playground and grub joint for some 300 pigeons.

We stay in a hotel on Via Torino ca one kilometer south-west from Duomo, but there’s a tram right by the door, and it’s just a five minute ride to the Piazza. Once you’re there you’re dazzled by the magnificent buildings, the cathedral and its neighbour the grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, that looks like a castle with an impressive cupola on top. 

We can’t enter Duomo this time, the queues are too long. But we cruise the Galleria from bottom to top. Four aisles meet right under the cupola, and that’s where the most exclusive shops lie, like Versace, Louis Vuitton and Prada.

But the Galeria also holds a number of bars, restaurants and coffee houses . We dive into one just for a drink, and order prosecco which when it arrives is accompanied by lots of different yummy snacks. So we lose some of the most severe hunger. And thirst, of course.

The top is a different stor(e)y. Via a back alley you can enter an elevator that takes you up to the roof of the Galleria. There are walkways so you can do a round and catch breathtaking birds-eye views of the city. Recommended!

Two blocks away from the Piaza del Duomo lies that legendary opera stage La Scala, though it’s actually not so impressive on the outside. On the square, Piazza della Scala there’s a statue of the artist and inventor Leonardo daVinci, and right by it a Leonardo museum. They have a few paintings on display, but the real treat here is an exhibition of all Leonardo’s flying machines, as models constructed from his drawings. You can really feel his urge for man conquering the air!

For the fashionista the Piazza del Duomo is a good starting point. You’ll find most of the big (and the smaller) fashion houses within the so called el Quadrilatero, the area inside a rectangle formed by Via Monte Napoleone, Via Gesú, Via Senato and Corso Venetia. Just two steps from the Duomo. But bring the big wallet. 

V AND ME AS FASHIONISTAS

When it comes to dining we sadly hadn’t had time to prepare properly, so food was not always what we had hoped for. But one evening, walking by one of the canals dug out in the city centre, we stumbled across Il Principe dei Navigli, A very nice and friendly trattoria with excellent food and wine. Note that in a city like Milan you absolutely need to reserve a table in good time, especially with popular restaurants. 

On our second and last day in Milan we walk up to an area called Brera, north of Duomo. Brera is a quiet and bohemian part of the city, a nice break from the hectic shopping malls. We walk along Via Brera and pass a small botanical garden where everything is still in winter’s sleep, only some persimon fruit shine like stop lights. Further north we pass the art gallery Pinacoteca di Brera. And beyond that a couple of very nice trattorias with outdoor seating. We chose the Jamaica for a light lunch and feel satisfied with what Milan has showed us so far.  It’s just a fragment of the possibilities in this megacity of course. But next time! 

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Jag som gör den här resebloggen heter Lars Aldman och jag har tidigare jobbat som journalist mm på SR och SVT. Och "V" som jag reser med är min älskade hustru Veronica, journalist och fotograf.

Vår favoritsysselsättning är att resa runt i världen och se andra kulturer och samhällen. I flera år har vi äventyrat i Asien, Afrika och Latinamerika, och även naturligtvis i Europa. Och vi vill gärna dela med oss av våra erfarenheter och glädjeämnen, och hoppas att ni vill följa med oss!

PS. På sajten aldmangallery.com hittar ni mina bilder från både när och (mest) fjärran. Djur, natur, samhällen och människor.
Resebloggar finns det gott om men vi har en lite annan tanke med våra berättelser. Vi vill främst beskriva våra upplevelser av udda platser, människorna vi möter och miljöer som är rätt annorlunda mot vad vi möter hemma.

Därför hamnar vi ibland i avlägsna indianbyar i Guatemalas berg eller bland andetroende bybor på en ö i Indonesien. Men också på mer kända platser som Machu Picchu i Peru eller sandstränderna i Goa. Allt sett genom våra ögon och kameror.

Den som vill ha restips får också sitt - varje resmål har en avdelning med sånt vi kan rekommendera. Eller undvika. Vårt fokus är framför allt att sporra er läsare att göra som vi - resa rätt ut i den vida världen.

Jag heter Lars Aldman och har bl a jobbat som journalist mm på SR och SVT.  Och "V" som jag reser med är min älskade hustru Veronica, som också är journalist och fotograf. Vi älskar att resa och uppleva andra kulturer. I flera år har vi rest omkring i världens fyra hörn och vi vill gärna dela med oss av våra erfarenheter och glädjeämnen på dessa upptäcktsfärder. Hoppas ni vill följa med!

Hej!

Vår senaste resa gick till Albanien där vi under tre veckor upplevde detta okända men så spännande och vackra land. Från de hisnande höga bergen i norr, de gamla städerna och de djupa floddalarna i landets mitt, till de långa stränderna med sitt klara vatten i söder. Klicka på Albanien och läs om landets dramatiska historia och dess vänliga och gästfria invånare.

NYTT!

There's now a new addition to the blog, about our trip to Albania. During three weeks we traveled up and down this unknown but beautiful country. From the high mountains in the north to the ancient towns and the deep valleys inland, to the sandy beaches and the clear green water in the south. Click on Albania in the map and read about its dramatic history and kind and hospitable people.

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I'm Lars Aldman from Sweden. I worked for many years at the Swedish National TV and Radio, but now my main interest is traveling around the world with "V", my lovely wife Veronica, who is a freelance journalist and photographer.
For the last ten years we have traveled through Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. We love to experience different cultures and societies and we hope you'll join us!