Posted on May 31 2012

Let’s Go There: Milan, Italy

Milan is gritty and industrial, and the first time I ventured there we’d just spent a few days in the magical city of Venice, so it took a minute (or two) to warm up to the place.  Our trips to Europe (there have been two for me) have revolved around Milan, though.  I tag along to Dan’s work trip, which is an annual trade show that happens there in November.  It works out perfectly because it always falls on or around my birthday, and being in Europe is an amazing way to ring in any new year.  Since Dan has always been at a conference for the Milan leg of the trip, I’ve gotten some time to explore Milan.  I have a favorite cafe, a super amazing steak restaurant that we love, I know where to get the best gelato (trust me, this was some real scientific research), the best place to buy shoes, my favorite places to window shop and then the places I actually like to do real shopping, and the building I’ve picked out to live in because I am in love with the beautiful pink door and flowers hanging from the window boxes.

I like the familiarity of the city – by the end of our last stay I didn’t feel quite like a token tourist.  A friend and I were feeling adventurous – grabbing trains, maneuvering through the city beyond the main square in order to find little markets and antique shops, and knowing how to avoid anyone trying to get you to hold pigeons.  Italians are sweet and forgiving for anyone adventurous enough to try and have a conversation in Italian.  It’s such an easy place to fall in love with, and I can’t wait to head back.  I always want to go back and not hold pigeons.

  1. Kata says:

    What a coincidence! I am leaving for Milan tomorrow night, it will be my first time there – I am so excited! As a foodie I already did a little research which places might be worth a visit, but I would love to hear your suggestions as well! Best cafe, bakery, market? Or any other tips? I would really appreciate them!

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