Thursday, November 17, 2011

Milan, Italy: Day Two


Our second day in Milan began with a trek to a highly recommended pastry shop. While the shop was not especially close to our hotel, Mike expertly navigated the winding roads and we arrived to beautiful windows filled with sweets and the smell of much-needed espresso. We ordered cornettos – glazed, flaky Italian croissants – and an espresso for Mike, a cappuccino for me. We leaned against the espresso bar and happily consumed our breakfast to fuel a full day of activity.

Milan 11.5.2010_Pasticceria Marchesi

Properly caffeinated, we set out to explore the streets of Milan on foot.

Milan 11.5.2010_Morning

Our travels took us to the Basilica of Sant' Ambrogio, a site with beautiful brickwork and architecture.

Milan 11.5.2010_Basilica of Sant' Ambrogio

Later in the day, we arrived in Parco Sempione, where the colors of fall were in full bloom against a dreary, gray sky.

Milan 11.5.2010_Parco Sempione

Later that afternoon, we wandered in to Chocolat – a beautiful gelato and espresso bar. The gelato was fascinating to see, piled up so high in their containers, it looked like fluffy pillows. After much contemplation, I decided on a combination of hazelnut and dark chocolate gelato. How I wish I could end every afternoon like this!

Milan 11.5.2010_Afternoon
That night, we traveled to the outskirts of the city to see an Inter Milan match, although I did not take my camera, as we were unsure how tight security would be at the gate. However, our worries were unfounded, though there were great pains taken to separate the home team crowd from that of the visiting team.

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