Joining back up with Bubba, we moved on to Milan. Milan is a wonderful blend of old and new. Ancient buildings share space with modern works of art. The Duomo di Milano took over six hundred years to complete…and they’re still working on it. It may have been the long lunch breaks, but I think it was the attention to detail and the go slow go better attitude. Bubba came with us on a tour of the city.
We took the Metro a block from our hotel to the piazza at the Milan Cathedral. Coming up from the underground we were confronted with one of the tallest church spires in the world, topped by a statue of the Madonna that was for centuries the highest point in the city. It is said that modern buildings in the city have a similar statue on top to ensure that the Madonna will remain looking over the city. From my view, it was way, way up there.
Right next to the cathedral was…well…I’m not sure what it was. It looked like a huge pile of salt…with toy horses stuck in it. I thought maybe it was the Verona beer coming back at me but I took a picture and sure enough, it is what it is.
We joined up with a tour and walked through the city to enjoy more contrasts. We walked through the fashion capital of Europe. Gucci, Versace, Prada, and Armani are all headquartered here. Representatives of each design house chased us down the street wanting to know where I got my flowered shirt. The old and new were ever present. We passed La Scala Opera House.
We then passed an enormous threaded needle sticking out of the pavement.
Nobody seemed to notice it or the fact that the end of the stitch was across the street.
We then headed to see Leonardo di Vinci’s Last Supper. It is on the wall of a climate controlled room that can be only accessed for a brief amount of time by a few people at a time by going through an air lock system. It is in the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
This is a solemn and powerful place that even I couldn’t mess around in. Luckily our guide gave me a radio receiver and earphone so I could keep up with his commentary. Of course he had to hold both the electronics and me during the tour.
Finishing up with Milan, we headed for the train station. We were changing countries again. Our next stop would be Bern Switzerland and I decided to splurge and buy out a first class compartment, just for me. Next stop Bern!