We landed at 5.40 am to -6 degrees but for some reason we didn’t feel cold. It turned into the most beautiful, clear,¬†crisp, sunny, blue sky winter’s day. A perfect welcome.

We’ve been here a few days now and we’ve learnt a thing or two:

  • Our navigation skills could be better. The best is the fifteen year old. There’s one of us you really don’t want to follow and it isn’t me.
  • We could/should have done more research but that’s not really how we roll.
  • Don’t let anyone get hungry. Food is vital for family happiness.
  • Milan is similar to Wellington in some ways. Lots of black, brown and navy. Lots of coffee. But what’s a southerly? What’s a northerly? There is no such thing as wind here. It’s heaven. And no hills.
  • If you’ve got it, wear fur.

We’ve got some favourites:

Via Della Spiga. One of Milan’s top shopping streets. So beautiful. A street out of a storybook. Window shopping heaven. Here’s three windows from Dolce & Gabbana.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuel II. The world’s oldest shopping mall. Truly stunning. If all malls were like this I might visit them more often. With shops like Prada and Louis Vuitton, window shopping only though!

Navigli Grande. This canal district really comes alive at night. We took a well-deserved rest at Cafe Mag. So warm, so homely. A quick espresso quickly followed by a chianti. They do things differently here. These guys hang their Xmas tree from the roof. What a great idea.

Residenza Delle Citta. Our accomodation is style personified. It reminds me very much of De Brett’s in Auckland, one of our favourite places. We must have looked a bit jet-lagged. They checked us in at 9am. Thank you so much. It made such a difference to our day.

The highlight so far has got to to be catching our first glimpse of the Duomo. It literally sparkled in the sunlight at the end of the street like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Incredible. We’ll walk up the 150 steps to catch the view and take a closer look today.



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