Sites around Milano: canal, train station, Expo ticket center, and Sforza castle
Sorry, sorry! I’ve been neglecting my blog for a few days, I’ve been busy and I’ve also grown sick of my own re-cap posts. But fear not, I’m rolling the rest of my trip into this post, so I can finally be done and go back to my meaningless sarcasm-fueled drivel. WOOO! HOWEVER, this means there will be loads of photo collages. So brace yourself, Effie!
Sforza castle fountain, inside the courtyard of Sforza castle, peace square, and another Sforza fountain shot
So we spent a few days in Milano. We did some shopping, drinking, eating, walking, touring Sforza castle, the galleria, and visited il Duomo di Milano. Oh yeah, we also went to the Expo. It was basically like Epcot but better! 140 countries set up exhibits there, which show things about the country plus food and drink! It took them a couple years at least to set up. But it’s only there until October and then it moves to another location. It’s too bad it’s not permanent.
Milano is a beautiful city to walk around. I loved roaming the streets and shopping while seeing the sites. So much history there! Next time I will do a longer trip to Italy. We also went to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Which is one of the oldest shopping centers, and probably the fanciest I’ve ever been too. The architecture is just unreal!
This is a freaking MALL! Italy does malls all fancy!
We also visited Il Duomo di Milano church. It was beautiful! I liked that you can go on the roof and walk around the labyrinth of staircases. The views on top are fantastic, definitely worth a stop there.
Once you get to the top, they have some art installations. They were cool to check out! We took the elevators to the top, it was too hot for steps. We still had to climb steps though, there are many levels and balconies to check out once you’re there. I didn’t mind that as much.
I still can’t get over how beautiful it is! Although I’ve been to Italy a bunch of times when I was younger, I never spent any time in Milano. I’m glad I got to do it this round. It’s too bad Andy couldn’t go with me, he’s a big history buff. He would have enjoyed the trip as much as I did.
Now on to the EXPO! We went at night because the sun is KILLER! Europe is going through a heat-wave and boy did we feel it. Even at night the Expo was still pretty warm, but at least we didn’t have to deal with the sun. .
I don’t have a favorite country, each exhibit was more amazing than the rest. Again I wish I had more time in Italy. The Expo isn’t something you can fully experience in one night. But we made our time worthwhile and saw the major POI’s.
I skipped over the USA exhibit because burgers and fries are something I can get at home, lol. My favorite part of the Expo was the Tree of Life show. It was incredible! I made a video, but I’m too lazy to upload, so just enjoy my collage for now. The tree changed colors and had a synchronized fountain and light show to music. There are also fireworks throughout. Definitely worth it to stay for the show!
We stayed at the Expo well past closing, nobody kicked us out. That’s the thing about Italy, people are on a much slower and relaxed pace. That was definitely hard to get used to. I guess I like schedules and getting to places on time, lol. Anyway, after we partied in Lithuania and had some tacos and cervezas in Mexico, we left the Expo. We got some street pizza. The street pizza was actually some of the best pizza I ever had. I could tell the sauce was fresh, smelled like they slaughtered the tomatoes that day. Can I go back now?!