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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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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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