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Sep 26, 2015 - Milan, Italy

Today, we found out there was a outlet mall right outside Brescia where we were staying. Mom told me that I could get her Prada sandals for a lot less at these places. So, we headed to the mall only to find out that Prada is way to high end for an outlet mall!!! Everyone still found something they wanted to buy. Terry and I found 2 kinds of Italian chocolate! Then, we headed to Milan the fashion capitol of the world! The GPS was being difficult and got us off track, but we finally arrived about 2pm and checked into the Marriott hotel. We...

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Aug 11, 2015 - Last Update Milan

This will be our last update from Milan. We enjoyed this awesome city very much. Our apartment was located right in the middle of blocks of restaurants and shops. We enjoyed sitting on the balcony and just watching all the people below, our apartment is on the third floor. Yesterday we bought all day tickets and rode the cable car all over this city. We have been doing most of our transportation by subway, this time we wanted to see everything and take pictures. It was only 4.50 euros each. We had a great time riding all over Milan. We...

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Jul 16, 2015 - Tour of Milan

We took the “Explore Milan” tour today. With this double decker ticket you can hop-on and hop-off the buses at any of the stops throughout Milan, giving you the freedom and flexibility to explore, sight see or visit attractions before boarding the next bus to continue your tour. The cost was $22 each, we highly recommend it to all our readers. It is a 75 minute tour that shows you all the top highlights of Milan. Milan is the Italian capital of fashion and much more. This beautiful city has so much to offer—from history to shopping to...

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Jul 15, 2015 - Day Two: Milan

Having done some research yesterday when we finally had access to wifi we realised we were not staying in the heart of Milan where all the main attractions are. We worked out the direction towards the city and walked in. It was probably about a 30 minute walk before we hit the shops. We decided to find a cafeteria for breakfast and then start our day in Milan. Before breakfast we found H&M, but to our surprise it was still closed. Around the corner we found a cafe, where we ordered ham and cheese croissants. After breakfast we returned to...

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Jul 14, 2015 - Day One: Milan

Yesterday Clare and I started our adventure. We arrived at the airport at 3pm, thankfully the airport was not busy and we quickly checked in and cleared customs. I was very surprised that I didn't have any extra checks, if you've ever travelled with me before I'm the person who always gets their bag searched. We killed time by wandering through the shops and enjoying a nice cold cider. The time went quickly and soon it was time to board the plane. The 8 hour plane ride seemed to drag on as I tried my hardest to stay awake through the night....

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Jul 12, 2015 - Milan, Italy

This is a quick update to let everyone know we have safely arrived in Milan. It was a long day with bus transfers to Frankfurt for the flight plus a taxi to the apartment. The apartment is even better than expected, we have not been disappointed with Airbnb.com. We will be here for the next month exploring the area along with parts of Switzerland and the Milan Expo. I am adding a few pictures of the apartment, it is perfectly located with shops and restaurants all around us. Let the fun begin. :-)

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Jun 18, 2015 - Day 24 Milan - lake Como

Day 24 Thursday 18 June 2015 Up and at 'em at 7.30 this morning, wash and dressed then downstairs for breakfast! What an expansive breakfast...counters and counters of cooked food, uncooked food, cereals, breads, pastries, juices, coffees etc. had a wonderful brekky before collecting the car and heading out towards lake Como. The drive was good...only two tolls today...gee they are fun but they take too many words to explain so let me do that in person! The drive was good...the gps only sent me the wrong way down a one way street once,...

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Jun 17, 2015 - Day 23 Milan

Day 23 Wednesday 17 June 15 Had a slow start to the day and missed breakfast at the hotel accordingly. Once sorted we headed off on a mission! A suitcase full of washing and a vague idea of where we may find a laundromat. After a three hour stroll around Milan we returned to our room with dirty clothes and filled out a laundry slip! It cost us nearly 150€ but worth it! We washed our delicates ourselves cos they wanted €4 per item! The laundromat we were headed for had closed down, so the suitcase got a free walk around town for no result!...

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Jun 16, 2015 - Day 22 - Milan

Day 22 Tuesday 16 June 2015 Up and at em early today...with a 7am start, with several trips down to the car with our bags, shopping, shopping, shopping, and shopping. Into the hotel for a bacon (sort of) and eggs (sort of) breakfast. Cerys has the lurch locked into her at the moment but had a relatively good sleep due to the cold and flu tabs she bought yesterday. Checked ou at then on the road by 9! The drive was on a multi-laned freeway which was largely a 130km limit. It was great fun! The drive was so scenic...even before the alps...

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Jun 15, 2015 - Milano Centrale Railway Station - reflections

Reflections on Milano Centrale railway station Someone should do a documentary on this microcosm of a place. We had a couple of hours to while away, so we entered the Bistrot Centrale, before our train to Cinque Terre. All manner of sumptuous deli delights including parmigiano Reggiano, lasagne Caprese, fresh pasta and crusty bread rolls filled with mozzarella di buffala and fresh tomatoes - how could we say no? It was a wonderful place to people watch for a time. A lady brought in her pampered Pomeranian - ushered to his own chair. In...

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Jun 14, 2015 - Milan

Today we went to the Milan Expo. We were picked up from our hotel at 9.15am and were picked up at 6pm. The theme for the Expo is Food and Sustainability. It is very different to the Expo 88 we had in Brisbane. The pavilions included the obvious like Russia, USA, China, Japan, Spain, UK. There was no Australian pavilion and we were told it was very expensive for a country to be allocated space for a pavilion at the expo. It surprised us a lot that countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and others that Australia supply aid to were...

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Jun 5, 2015 - Milan

We got to sleep in again today which was lovely. After breakfast we went back to the same shopping district as yesterday and had a walk around before it got too hot. It got to 34 today which I am really enjoying. We had a gelato on the way back to the hotel after shopping and when we came into the foyer of our hotel the Globus noticeboard was up and our tour director saw us reading it and came over and introduced herself. Her name is Katarina and she is very nice. There are 14 Aussies in our group and there are 40 people on our tour...

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