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Sep 14, 2017 - Milano

It was a short drive to Milan from Verona under cloudy skies. By the time we reached Milan mountain tops were showing themselves. We followed Clio into the city and found a hotel ...Campion...adjacent to the underground. After we settled in we took the underground to the Duomo Station. We went first to see Castello Sforzesco. We strolled through the grounds, had a look at Napoleon's great city plans, walked back across the busy streets to the pedestrian only street and along to the Duomo. From in front we caught the B line hop on/hop off...

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Sep 13, 2017 - Milano!

Sept. 13/17 - [x] Milano. Arrival in Milan via Frankfurt courtesy of Lufthansa as easy as can be expected although exhausted as usual to start exploring this fascinating city. A very good idea to de-jetlag here. A very bad idea to celebrate arrrival with a large Campari Spritz with proseco in the piazza on an empty stomach & no sleep. After very nearly re-enacting the infamous 'mateus rosee incident of 1983, giddy Marilyn is guided back to our lovely courtyard inn by her amused gallant husband. Fully recovered the next day and able to enjoy...

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Sep 2, 2017 - Train to Milan

From Madrid to Barcelona and then on past the French Riviera, my Special Reclining Class train seat has left me with a numb bum! The Spanish Renfe train system is efficient and comfortable and seems to be keeping more or less on schedule. The scenery has been gorgeous and the activity on the train amusing, so the time has passed relatively quickly. I've finished my first book and several magazines but have actually found myself staring out of the windows for extended periods of time, reflecting on life at home and wondering about my...

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Jul 7, 2016 - Tour Milano

Buffet and breakfast menu.. oh when will it stop.... Full belly and start the day.. We retrace our steps back to the bus stop so that we are sure of the timing. And while we are there I might as well get another pair of shoes to.. (to match Elton's from yesterday) Then we head to the Duomo as there is a staircase that you can climb up to the terrace. So up we go... you can See all the way around Milan. We can see San Siro Stadium where we were a few days ago. Then downstairs into the Duomo for a long tour around. The Duomo is beautiful...

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Jul 6, 2016 - Milano

Downstairs for buffet breakfast and then back on the road. We head to Milano for the last days in Italy. We check at the hotel early and they allow us to check in. I take the bags up stairs and the room is amazing. The bathroom has huge bath robes, and massive shower and a very extensive selection of shampoo, cream rinse, body lotion and mouthwash bar. Back downstairs and we head out to the airport to return the rental car. From the airport we take the bus back into town. We land right back downtown. As soon as we get off the bus I eye our...

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Jul 3, 2016 - THE BOSS

Our time in Tavarnelle, Tuscany has come to an end. We pack up and head downstairs to say goodbye to Giam Piero and Christina. I had taken a couple of bottles of Canadian Maple Syrup, advance planning, as gifts. When we meet with them they offer to show us what is next door in the building we were staying in. Giam Piero opens the door and we walk into a wine distillery. Had I known that we would have done some late night scoping out. There are three floors to the production of wine and olive oil. He offers us a bottle of wine as a gift and...

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May 19, 2016 - Arrived in Italy

Day 1 Melbourne to Milan Maree dropped me at the airport at 7 pm and I quickly found my friends, Ian, Paul, Lois and Greame, who had already checked in. As usual the check-in process was tedious but straightforward and I waved goodbye to my bike at the Oversize Luggage counter. I trust that we will both be reunited, unharmed, in Milan. My seat, 78G, was in front of a bulkhead on the aisle but the plane was full so there was nowhere to move to stretch out. Dinner came relatively quickly, halfway through a movie, and soon after I had a sleep...

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May 16, 2016 - Moving On

Today we hit the road early... First the hotel attendant gave me a bill for 1067 euros.. for our stay.. that woke me up. I had booked the room for the weekend with airmails.. and paid $35 CAN... After a little discussion he picked up another piece paper and said "oh wrong one... my bad" Nice try I wonder if they do this with everyone thinking they will panic and pay..Got that figured out and took off out of there in case he changed his mind.. Down the street to the metro and took the train back the airport in Paris and headed to Milan.. We...

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May 2, 2016 - In Milan on the way home

Here we are in a hotel in Milan at the airport trying to get everything in our suitcases. Why is it that everything seems to grow during a trip? And just won't go back nearly into place as it was when we left home? And we have only a few extras on the return trip. We will stuff it in somehow. The fun and excitement of this tour of (mostly) rural Italy is behind us as we make the trek home, but the memories of this beautiful land and of living "la dolce vita" for almost three weeks will last a lifetime. We had talked of someday going back to...

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Apr 14, 2016 - Milan

The rest of the trip to Milan was long and tiring, but we managed to get a few hours of sleep. We got our car, a small Alfa Romeo, and jerked along as Jim got used to the stick shift. We parked in a garage in a suburb north of the city and took the Metro to the center. The beautiful cathedral was our first sight. We joined the crowd in the bustling plaza. The line to go inside the huge church was so long that we did not get to go inside. We decided that we were not energetic enough to do the city tour, so we enjoyed people watching while...

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Oct 24, 2015 - Florence to Milan

Riding the train first class from Florence to Milan was super. It was the first time we were able to go first class. Arriving in Milan was great until we had to wait over an hour for the shuttle to the hotel. We were told by several people including the rude people at the information desk to wait in the wrong area. We ended up watching our bus come and go many times before someone felt sorry for me and showed us the correct place to wait. The hotel was in the boonies and we tried to go out to eat something to eat because we starving by that...

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Oct 4, 2015 - Milano

Well here we are sitting in Milan airport waiting for our flight to Portugal. We had a long day yesterday travelling by train from the coast of Italy to Milan. We know now how important booking first class seats is! We had no booking because we changed our plans. We found seats only to be turfed out 3 times by people who had booked the seats we had occupied. The last time we decided to sit on the fold down seats in the passageway, unfortunately outside a compartment where a lady had her Dobermann sitting on the seat next to her playing with...

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