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Tuesday, August 24, 2010


So the first lot of pictures are of the Duomo in the centre of Milan. You come up from the metro and are greeted by the first picture as a view. Its pretty breathtaking!!!! Guide books call Milan's Duomo "ridiculously gothic", "insanely overdone" and "absolutely magnificent!!" I thought it was pretty amazing myself!!! We didn't go inside this weekend because the line was insane, we'll go inside once the tourist season dies down!!!

The archway is the Galleria, which is a covered walk that is like a mall now and has these INSANE marble floors and high domed ceilings. It used to be the "place to be seen" if you were in court in Milan back in the day. Its still the "place to be seen" because all of the high end shops are in or near it.
Ahhhh Europe and its sidewalk cafes, I LOVE it!! Apparently these ones near the Galleria and the Duomo are great for people watching.
HOME OF.....
Ok so Richard and I were HYSTERICAL over these next pictures, you get to this big cross section in the Galleria and there is the first three stores which I took pictures of..big names, lots of security(the third one is a big watch/jewellery store.....and you'd expect the fourth to be......Armani, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana....they had numerous ones to choose from!!!!!!!
BUT the fourth store in the circle is.....................

Oh yes I'm serious....McDonalds. They are freaking everywhere!!!! Even in the illustrious circle in the beautiful Galleria!!!!
Statue of Leonardo Davinchi, and the La Scala Opera House, which we're really hoping to go see a performance at!
Random alley, you know how I like my alley pictures!!! The next series of shots was just this place we passed while wandering around, we looked in these big doors and there was this courtyard!
Eating at a sidewalk cafe. We had a little "Oh my god" "MIO DIO!" moment when we realized that we weren't on vacation, that this was where we were living for a while!!!!!! I ADORE Europe!!!!!
Reese checking out the pigeons, they are everywhere here and she finds them totally fascinating!!!
Oh no the pigeons flew away!!!! The street that the cafe was on.
Little apartments above the cafe and our margharita pizza!!! SO YUMMY!
I'm in love with this picture!!!! Birds sitting on a wire in the street where the cafe was :)


Andrea August 25, 2010 at 1:51 AM  

OMG i wish i was there with you guys can't wait to come over and visit it looks so beautiful, you look like your an italian family sitting there

Paula McW August 26, 2010 at 2:25 AM  

I love your life!

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I am 34 years old, married to my wonderful husband Richard and mother to a beautiful 8 year old daughter named Reese. We lived in the suburbs of Calgary until January 2010 where I worked as an ER Nurse. Then my husband was transferred to Vancouver for a 6 month temporary project. Our blog Tripping over the Sidewalk told all about our adventure living on the 30th floor of an apartment building in the middle of downtown Vancouver. Then we moved to Milan, Italy for 18 months, Ciao-Eh was the online forum for our Italian adventures. We moved to Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates in January 2012 and lived there for two and a half years. Sandscrapers, Souks and Sand is the blog of our adventures in the Middle East! We are now happy to be back on a little acreage just outside of Calgary where I'm sure more adventures await!!!!



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