Thursday, July 10, 2008

September 15 2007 - Milan

*Edited, left out an important part near the end*

After a not so eventful evening in Florence the previous day, we will be heading to our last destination in Italy: Milano, or just Milan..

Breakfast at the hotel before leaving

I have to say, the continental breakfast in Italy is THE WORST in our Europe tour so far. We have been to Belgium, Holland, Germany and Luxembourg, in all of our hotel breakfasts, we would get bread, cereals, as well as ham, cheese, bacon, sausages etc for food, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, milk, fruit juices for drinks.

In Italy, be it Treviso, Rome or here in Florence, it's just bread with jam and butter for food, coffee or tea for drinks, and it's not buffet style either. Rome was the worst, each person get 2 pieces of bread, maximum..

I always thought that Italians take pride in their culinary, and enjoys sharing good food with visitors.. maybe that doesn't apply to hoteliers...

Screw the breakfast, let's go to Milan..

It's another 5 hours journey.. boring boring, either u can get to sleep or find something else to do,

Like watching Jacky Wu @ 我猜 from laptop

Or playing cards

Let's talk about Milan. Hmm.. what's there to talk about Milan..

Milan is famous for Kaka, Paolo Maldini, Filippo Inzaghi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Julio Cesar, Javier Zanetti, etc.. that is IF you are a football fan..

Milan is famous for Salvatore Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Gucci, etc.. IF you are a fashion fanatic..

For the general folks, the ordinary rakyat, like us, let's just say that Milan is the world capital of design and fashion, and is home to 2 of the biggest football clubs in Europe, AC Milan and Inter Milan..

Milan's open air cafe

Milan street - Via Dante

Via Dante is quite a famous street in Milan for a reason I don't know of.. anyway, it's just famous alright??

Chinaman making carrot carvings on the street

According to Paul, the major attractions in Milan is located in the 大广场 Big Plaza *again, sighz*

This big plaza is Piazza del Duomo @ Cathedral Square. Well, if it's cathedral square, then naturally, there would be a cathedral somewhere near..

Duomo di Milano @ Milan Cathedral

Duomo di Milano + Adidas Milano jacket, courtesy of Cath

Erm, Cath went with some of the tour mates for lunch in a restaurant. We didn't, because we wanted to have more time to tour Milan by ourselves.. I don't know how her jacket ended up with us =.="

I suppose we came on a good day, because in the piazza, there's a temporary stage, set up by MTV, and there's gonna be some live performances..

MTV stage

There's another attraction standing beside the piazza..

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

This Vittorio Emanuele II must be one heck of a dude person. There's the Monumento for him in Rome, and now there's this Galleria named after him in Milan too! Well, we do have something like the Memorial Tunku Abdul Rahman in KL, I wonder if we will ever have something like Tugu Mahathir or Menara Abdullah Badawi in the future. If they would somehow come across my blog, I'm sure they would think this is a good idea =.="

Anyway, this Galleria is reputed to be the oldest shopping mall in the world.

At the Galleria's entrance

There's actually 4 entrances to this galleria. We're at the south entrance, facing the piazza..

Here's some of the shops here..

Benz

Louis Vuitton

Prada

We didn't go for lunch in the restaurant, but it's still lunch time nonetheless, so we'll have some takeaway in a world famous fast food chain..

Classy McD

Also known as McCafe

Inside McD

"Hey you! No photographs allowed!"

Like we care... he's speaking in Italian and we won't understand anyway, I just guessed the dialog, he probably meant that =.="

I've never got my food in paper bags like this in KL's McD

We made our way to the north entrance of the galleria, and outside, and found ourselves staring at this..

Statue of Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was actually borned in somewhere near Florence, but he spent much of his time in Milan too, so he is kinda red hot here too..

If u don't know who Leonardo da Vinci is, very well, u may go hang around with kids in kindergarten..

It was almost time to head back to our coach, so we headed back towards the piazza when we saw..

The lights came alive on the MTV stage!

We decided to wait, hoping to catch a glimpse of some live performance in Milan.. after 15 minutes, still no progress..

We delayed alot in Pisa the previous day, and pissed Paul to the max, and I did not want a repeat today, so I went looking for Peggy and How Chen, and made our way back to our coach..

But most of them wanted to wait on near the stage..

Don't know why they wanna do this

Maybe it's a ritual to lure the performers to come on stage faster..

Leaving them, the 3 of us made our way slowly back to our coach..

Building in front of Piazza Cordusio

Not sure what this building is, I vaguely remember Paul mentioning that this is a bank or financial centre. Well, Milan is also the financial hub of Italy, and Piazza Cordusio is the financial piazza of Milan so, there u go..

While passing by Via Dante again, we saw another human statue..

Standing on top of something

We did not pay him anything to perform, but he became aware of Peggy taking photos of him,

So he decided to co-operate anyway :D

Another shot at Via Dante

Wait a minute! Where's Ferragamo, Armani, Versace and Gucci?? We didn't see them in the Galleria, so where are they??

After some work with Google, I discovered that the real shopping area is not the Galleria, it's in Via Montenapoleone, the shopping street, and all the labels are there! And Paul.. Paul.. he didn't mention anything about this street!! Tiu nia sing!!! So our Milan tour was incomplete!!!

Seems like I definitely need to get rich soon, and then can go back again. Hmm.. when I'm rich, I might be able to bring my dream girl with me and buy her loads of those designer labels and make her love me more *dreaming*

We spent 3.5 days in Italy in total, the longest in any 1 country in our Europe tour..

With this, it's bye bye Italy, Switzerland here we come!!

3 comments:

joshuaongys said...

why har why harrr!!!! when can i visit such places.... GRRRRRR

RealGunners said...

u so fehmes now, if u start putting ur nuffnang income aside in a Europe Trust Fund or something, i'm sure u'll get there soon :D

Johnny Ong said...

dreams do come true provided u work on it