The End of Spring Break

Saturday morning, Brooke and I woke up early, got our included breakfast and then went to the train station to buy a ticket to Milan. We ran into my friend Nelson from IUSTV again (who we saw at the Budapest airport) at the train station which was funny. Him and his friends were going to Sienna and then Florence. We got our tickets, and we got on an 8:50AM train to Milan. We were sitting in our seats, and I ran into two other friends from school, Matt Lederman and Jon Khalili. I’m just running into people all around Europe, it’s nuts! They are studying in Barcelona and were also going to Milan.

So the train ride was about two and half hours. My parents’ friend Alberto Baccari kindly offered to meet Brooke and I at the train station and bring us to our hotel which is right by his apartment in Milano. He showed us some sights on the way, and then took us to our hotel. We checked in, and then met Alberto again and hopped on a tram to go to the city center. He showed us a place to get these really yummy things called panzerotti at this little place called Luini. They were delicious. They were like calzones, but they had a billion different flavors. Of course, it was POURING rain all day in Milan, which was kind of miserable. So we took the panzerotti to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, an indoor-ish shopping center. There were a bunch of stores here, including the first Prada store in the world. So cool.

So then Alberto left us and we explored MIlan a little by ourselves. We went to the duomo first. It was HUGE. I couldn’t believe how tall it was inside. The pillars were so wide and so tall. After spending a decent time inside the duomo, we walked on the main drag with tons of stores to the main high end stores street called Montenapoleane. Seriously, it was down pouring the entire time, so it was kind of a buzz kill. Walking around wasn’t that good when there was weather like this, plus we can’t afford any of this stuff anyway….

So we turned back around, walked back to the duomo area where we caught a tram back to our hotel. The rain really did us in. So that night we met up with Alberto again and he took us to a great restaurant called Ristorante Rigolo. So delicious. Brooke and I split the veal cutlet and ossobucco. After dinner, Alberto drove us by the building where the Last Supper is. It was of course closed at night, but apparently it’s impossible to get to see it. You have to make reservations months in advance. So that wasn’t happening. We got dropped off and went back to our hotel for the night.

The next morning, Alberto and his son Otto were driving to Rome and offered to drop me off in Florence and drive through the coast of Italy on the way. I took up on the offer, and the plan was to leave at 7:00AM, but since it was inconveniently day light savings, our timing was off and we ended up leaving Milan at around 8:10. The drive was great. We drove past the Po River, which flows from the Alps into Venice and we passed through Genova, the town where Christopher Columbus is from. Focaccia was invented on the coast of Italy, so on our drive through Recco and Camogli, we stopped at delicious bakeries to try some authentic focaccia. Recco has a lot of olive trees and Camogli is a little fishing village. Our next two stops were Santa Margherita and Portofino. In Santa Margherita, we met up with Alberto’s friend and grabbed a coffee. Santa Margherita is a boating town. There are tons of big beautiful boats/yachts and lots of cute houses. Portofino is kind of the same, but has lots of beautiful villas belonging to very rich people like Dolce and Gabana and Burlusconi. The Italian coast was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life and I have to go back one day. Hopefully I can own a villa here one day….(dreaming big time).

We drove straight to Florence after the coast. We passed the marble mountains where Michelangelo would go to pick out the marble he wanted for his sculptures. It’s tough to imagine how they used to transport the huge slabs of marble back then, and even now! The mountains were completely covered in white marble, it looked like they were snow covered mountains. We drove past Cinqueterre, and finally got to Florence. I am so glad that Alberto took me along the coast, because I would have never seen it if he hadn’t shown me, and we got so lucky with the weather. It was absolutely beautiful weather and blue skies.

And that was the end of spring break! It was a solid week of traveling, and I don’t regret any of the destinations we went to. It’s too bad the weather wasn’t nicer, but it’s alright because I got to see such cool places!

Opera House in Milan

Opera House in Milan

Sculpture of Leonardo da Vinci

Sculpture of Leonardo da Vinci

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

Alberto in front of the very first Prada store

Alberto in front of the very first Prada store

Alberto spinning on the good luck bull

Alberto spinning on the good luck bull

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The big duomo in Milano

The big duomo in Milano

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The entrance of the galleria

The entrance of the galleria

The plaza where the duomo is

The plaza where the duomo is

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Floors of the duomo

Floors of the duomo

Inside the duomo

Inside the duomo. The pillars are massive!

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Store window

Store window

Furry Celine shoes

Furry Celine shoes

Really delicious wine at dinner. It was sparkling red wine.

Really delicious wine at dinner. It was sparkling red wine.

Prosciutto

Prosciutto

Veal cutlet

Veal cutlet

Ossobuco with risotto

Ossobuco with risotto

Crema inglese

Crema inglese

The Last Supper is in there. There is a huge waiting list to get to see it, unfortunately.

The Last Supper is in there. There is a huge waiting list to get to see it, unfortunately.

A church having Easter-eve mass right next to where the Last Supper is

A church having Easter-eve mass right next to where the Last Supper is

This sculpture is in front of the MIlan stock exchange. The equivalent of "Wall Street"

This sculpture is in front of the MIlan stock exchange. The equivalent of “Wall Street”

Famous monastery on our drive

Famous monastery on our drive

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Focaccia

Focaccia

The first focaccia we tried

The first focaccia we tried

Focaccia number 2

Focaccia number 2

How beautiful?!

How beautiful?!

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Santa Margherita, Italy

Santa Margherita, Italy

The buildings' facades are painted on

The buildings’ facades are painted on

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Dogs in Santa Margherita

Dogs in Santa Margherita

Shaggy black dog

Shaggy black dog

Everyone was so preppy in Santa Margherita. I felt like I was in Nantucket

Everyone was so preppy in Santa Margherita. I felt like I was in Nantucket.

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The painted facades

The painted facades

Alberto and Otto

Alberto and Otto

Vespa basket on a Vespa

Vespa basket on a Vespa

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This is Dolce and Gabana's villa in Portofino

This is Dolce and Gabana’s villa in Portofino

Sooooo beautifullllll!!!!!!

Sooooo beautifullllll!!!!!!

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Portofino

Portofino

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The white marble mountains

The white marble mountains

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3 thoughts on “The End of Spring Break

  1. Dolly, Looks like you are having the time of your life. Your pictures are beautiful. We wanted to wish you a very happy birthday. Love, The Berlin’s Ellen, Howard, Meredith, Ian and Joey.

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