Thursday, 7 June 2012

One day in Milan

Although I don't have left any ethos or pathos, power or inspiration at this late hour after 10 hours at work I still want to keep my promise to myself that I am going to write here something every single evening. Today I hope that my milanese mood will inspire somebody to visit some Lombardian landscapes.
Milan left me a good impression though not a wow one.Some Italians whom I met there, insisted that I have to visit Rome or Napoli or Florence for something really remarkable. Next time maybe. Some short research on web brought that Milan is the second-largest city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy as well as of the province of Milan. The city proper has a population of about 1.3 million, while its urban area is the 5th largest in EU and the largest in Italy with an estimated population of approximately 5 million.
My first contact with Milan, after not a nice travel with an old and dirty train was the big Stazione Centrale, a very impressive architectural building , crowded and noisy and not very well signalized for the foreign tourists. It made me miss the numerous maps from London's underground. After traveling with the underground transport in several European cities I still feel this is the best organized and helpful, followed by the Parisian one, while the one from Barcelona makes you feel you're in a big troubled jungle.

First one on every tourist's map is the Dome, an imposing and solemn Cathedral build in a beautiful Gothic style. The atmosphere inside was very warm and peaceful, less commercial and touristique than Notre Dame or Westminster Abbey for example.

After trying to have a panoramic view over the city from an hop on hop off bus but been  chased off by a heavy rain - which is why I returned with so few photos - I had a nice shaorma ( I know it's not healthy so don't be too harsh) in a small Turkish restaurant recommended by some great food local connaisseurs (GFLC:)).

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