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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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Jun 4, 2015 - Rome to Milan

OMG…5:15am comes early. We had to be on the train by 7:30am this morning so it was an EARLY start. But, we were up and out of the apartment right on time and at the train station with 20 mins to spare. This time we realized that we had assigned seats so we knew exactly what to do for a change which was nice and kept the stress levels to a minimum. The girls even had time to get McDonald’s for breakfast. We are REALLY CRAVING a non-European breakfast. We WANT bacon and eggs and hashbrowns and warm savory salty food. Croissants and bread is...

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May 31, 2015 - Milano II

After breakfast, we headed to the Duomo Museum which consisted of different architectural pieces from the Duomo; spires, gargoyles, statues and a huge wooden model of the church. Boy, those 300 stonemasons really cranked out a lot of stuff. Because of he Expo, they had a special exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci's works. You all know what a genius he was and this exhibit showed that he was thinking, researching and creating all the time. On one small piece of paper, there are studies of draping, a plan for some machine he invented and notes...

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May 30, 2015 - Milano

We said goodbye to our beautiful hotel and gorgeous Lake Como 񏘢 and hit the road for Milan. Thank goodness for GPS, because by the time you find the street signs, you have already passed them. But the GPS took us right to our hotel door! Norm turned the car in and since we had insurance, we were ok. We waited until our room was ready so we could drop all our stuff and headed to the Duomo, steps away from our hotel. We were just going to take a look and maybe walk around the city a little. We had NO idea what a magnificent cathedral it was....

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May 29, 2015 - Around Lake Como

Today we took the ferry to Bellagio and Varenna, two beautiful towns on the lake. Bellagio is probably most famous for the estate owned by the Rockefeller Foundation where they host conferences and retreats. It is closed to the public, but they give tours of the gardens twice-a-day, which of course we missed. So I got a picture of the side of the estate, which will have to do. We took a little train around Bellagio and saw beautiful views as well as some beautiful estates. Since the lake is surrounded by mountains, the towns are all built...

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May 28, 2015 - Lake Como

I slept in this morning and almost missed breakfast! They lower shutters over the windows so it's pitch dark and I had no idea what time it was. Norm had gotten up, worked out and showered. Finally, fearing I might have passed away in the night, he woke me at 10am. Great breakfast overlooking the lake! We decided to have a rest and sat outside and read for a few hours. It was delightful. The weather is perfect, around 75, and I think we hit Lake Como just before tourist season. I can't imagine what it's like here in the summer months. Many...

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May 27, 2015 - Road to Lake Como

My cousin, Melissa, met us at our hotel for breakfast after coming back to Geneva from a whirlwind trip to the U.S. on Monday and Tuesday. She looked well and told us all the news of the Malhame/Dahan families. She misses California and is planning her return! We then got on the road to Lake Como, about a 4 hour drive through the Alps. Man, the tolls were expensive! I think we paid about $100 altogether. Oh, yes, and there is a slight dent in our rental car... Oops! We knew we were in Italy when we came face-to-face with a tour bus trying...

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May 26, 2015 - Why do we do this? Milan to Verona to Venice

Day 1 – 2…. O…M…G…! This was a day (or 2) from HELL!!!! We started out in Alpharetta and left for the airport around 10:00am on Monday. That gave us plenty of time to hit the airport and get checked in and settled for our flight to NYC. Amanda was searching for some fun Italian phrases and asked Ashley and Alicia…”What does Ky-I-O mean? No one had a clue what she was saying so she spelled it out for them… Ciao! What a laugh!!! Ky-I-O will definitely be our word for this trip! The flight was fairly uneventful and we arrived with plenty of...

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