Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Year's in Milan, Italy!

    For New Year's Eve, Stephen and I decided to go somewhere--anywhere--since we had to delay our plans for a trip around Switzerland.  Since Milan is so close, and also a very big city, we hopped on a train and spent the day in the city.  This was my first time exploring further than the Duomo, so our first stop was at Castello Sforzesco, a castle right in the middle of Milan.  There is also a park attached to it, and it is amazing how there is a beautiful piece of nature a mere ten-minute walk from the hustle-and-bustle of the Duomo.  

     On our walk we stumbled along the Arco della Pace and sat down for a minute before we went off to find a place to have lunch.

      A trip to Milan is never complete without a trip to the church and the shopping mall, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, attached to the piazza.  This mall isn't really a mall, though.  It is gorgeous!  It is more like beautiful buildings attached by a glass roof with expensive stores inside.

     After a great dinner at Andry, a restaurant recommended by the hotel staff, Stephen and I went back to the Piazza del Duomo for a concert.  I had never heard of the bands, but it turned out to be a lot of fun.

     We spent the last minutes of 2013 in front of the castle where there were fireworks.

     The next day we went back to the central Milan train station to get a coffee and catch our train.  This is definitely my favorite train station because, like the shopping mall, it is more like a piece of art!

      This time next year, Stephen and I will be preparing to go somewhere new and it is crazy to think about how little time we have left here, but at the same time, we are so excited to start somewhere new!  Happy New Year and Buon Anno!

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