One of the great things about traveling with a Eurail pass is that you can make up your mind as you go. We changed the final destinations of our trip about three times and ended up in Milan. Tomorrow we take a 6 am (oy) train to Lyon for a day or so and then end our trip in my favorite city of them all, Paris! I don’t have any plans for Paris except to walk around and eat!
I didn’t really want to go to Milan because I had heard it was a very industrial city. I wish I could remember who told me this because after exploring today, I saw only beautiful buildings and parks! We made sure to see da Vinci’s Last Supper which I can’t make up my mind about. Yes, it was beautiful, and something cool to say I’ve seen, but 7€? Nahh. I think that money would have been better spent on more of the delicious truffles we sampled at a patisserie. This café, called Sugar, makes all their own chocolates and cakes with no preservatives. The owner was very chatty and gave us a free milk chocolate truffle to try which just made my day.
The buildings here are colorful and elaborately decorated, but the real beauty of the city is behind these facades, in the courtyards with beautiful gardens. Since this city is also known for its fashion, we spent as much time people watching as exploring. Dark colors are still in, but I was surprised to see a lot of sweat pants and track suits which seem to be on the decline in the states (or maybe I’m now just too far removed from high school trends). Of course, there are scarves and boots everywhere. Marleen commented to us (very accurately from my own observations) that Italians dress for the seasons and not for the weather. Although it is a very mild fall, you won’t see any Italian woman without a scarf, and most everyone is also bundled up in puffy winter coats to protect them from the 60 degree weather.
One last dinner in Italy before soup à l’oignon tomorrow!