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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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May 22, 2015 - Trip home

I was a little worried when I called the taxi number when the person that answered didn't speak English. Luck had it that he called someone to the phone that spoke a little English. I was able to give him the address and the intersection to pick us up. Our street is actually closed to the public so they have to pick us up at an intersection. Hurray, he understood!! They were there in 10 min. I took my luggage Dow and Edie followed. It was a 20 euro ride to the train station which was a smaller station that had a direct train to Malpensa...

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May 17, 2015 - Train to Milan and Como Italy

You have to love European trains! Although the departure was way too early for my tastes, the train left right on time and arrived at Porta Garibaldi station as scheduled. The scenery on the way was absolutely beautiful as it whizzed by. We took a taxi to Cadorna station for the local train to Como Lago. That was an experience. The cab driver only knew one word of English - "Ok". Fortunately we made signs for the addresses of the hotels and any places we thought we might need a cab. Richard just took out the sign for Cadorna and the driver...

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May 15, 2015 - Milan Expo 2015

Our last day in Italy and we are going to the highly advertised Milan Expo 2015. We headed out for the subway. We figured it out on what train to take. Have to transfer once to get to the Expo. Zip, zip and you are there. There was a lot of walking to finally get to the entrance! Once we were inside we had to get a map to get the lay of the land. That didn't help too much either. Everyone was going into the building in front if us so figured that's a good way to start. (Sorry I'm finishing this last days' entry so late but time, lack of...

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May 14, 2015 - Touring Milan on Hop on/off bus all day

Headed out to catch the 10:30 bus at blue 8 with map in tow!! Rode the bus to stop 12 where we caught the red line. Saw a lot of interesting architecture along route. Got off at St Maria dele Grazier cathedral where Leonardo De Vinci painted The Last Supper where it is behind the alter. Well, guess what? You have to make reservations to get inside and the next one was at 7:30 pm. Bummer!! Stopped for cappuccino, fruit, and a pastry. Went back to bus stop and waited for next bus. Passed a few more really old churches, San Lorenzo church,...

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May 13, 2015 - Travel day to Milan and site seeing

Up, had breakfast, finished putting last minute items in suitcase. Gigliola was at the door before 9:00. I had already taken all garbage down & separated to the recycle containers just below our apt. Gigliola had backed his car right outside the courtyard and carried all our luggage down. Whew! Strong man! We said our goodbyes to Adriena and wanted us to write on Trip Advisor and Homlidays. I guess our apt was rated #1 in Como. It was lovely and quiet except for church bells at 7:30. I was already up by then so I didn't mind at...

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May 12, 2015 - Last full day exploring Como

Leisurely got up this morning - well, I wad awake before the 7:30 church bells rang! We ate up the last of our eggs, Edie made a bread and orange run down the hill to the little store, and we had boiled eggs with toady & peanut butter. People before us left some supplies - peanut butter being one item. We will leave maybe olive oil. We walked to the tourist center to find out about bus schedule for going to Cenobbia, two towns up the lake. The young in there wasn't too helpful except directing us to the bus station. It was a short walk...

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May 11, 2015 - Boat ride on Lake Como and exploring Bellagio Italy

Had a leisure breakfast showered, and got ready for our boat ride on the ferry on Lake Como. We didn't have any hot water yesterday, told our neighbor, and Voila! I think the hot water heater was turned off. Anyway, Adriano came over to see if everything was ok. She was in Assisi when we came and the man we met when we came was her husband, Gigliola. She showed us where the iron and toaster was (hidden in dining room buffet). I also got online for train tickets. Adriano said they would take us to the train station and Gigliola would carry...

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May 10, 2015 - Funicular ride above Como

We took our time getting up. Washed clothes. After a breakfast of eggs, we headed to the funicular - a train that goes up steep inclines. It was very reasonable and the line wasn't long. It's already getting warm out. The ride up what'd an awesome. IWW. We went straight up almost. We heard there was a scenic overlook to the right after getting off.what a view overlooking Como, Tavernola, and Cernobbia. From there we walked the other direction. We met a lady on our walk to funicular who lived in Como and told us a couple places to stop that...

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Mar 20, 2015 - Italy-Day 5

Today I visited Milan. It had the most beautiful architecture of all the cities. Everything was so historical. My favorite place was the Milan Cathedral. I loved my trip to Italy, and it was more amazing than I have ever imagined. My favorite city was Venice because of the beautiful waterways. I loved being able to experience the culture of Italy and can't wait to go back.

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Nov 9, 2014 - Milan, Italy

So we have made it to Milan but it was hard going, we are noticing that the ravages of time has been making inroads to our bodies--more aches and pains when sitting for so long even though I get up at regular intervals for Exercise and Stretches. First notice of age creeping on was when our suitcases were packed, we were both under the impression that they were overweight as they felt very heavy. We are allowed 23Kl each on the plane so I dragged the suitcases to the Tweed Hospital Cancer Care Unit who have a 'must be right' scale and...

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Med. Melodies Encore

Oct 17, 2014 - Milan

Today’s big event was a visit to the Last Supper. The painting has deteriorated a great deal but it is such an iconic painting, known the world over, we felt we should go and see it. Entry is very restricted and only a certain number of people for 15 minutes at a time are allowed in. It is a wonderful painting and a shame Leonardo painted it the way he did so that it started to flake very early. It had been restored badly in the past but most of that has been removed now. It is still possible to see the expressions on the disciple’s faces...

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