Wednesday already? We are up early for a change- have to be to catch the 10:20 am train from Riomaggiore and the 10:55 am to Milan. A quick “stand up” cappicino and fresh pastry right from the oven at a cafe near our hotel smells as good as it tastes.
Now we are old pros at trains, so we go for 2nd class- no different from first- for 33 euros. Get lucky too- great seats and a handsome young Canadian gent, Paul, to share our compartment with. Have some good conversation and he’s fun to chat with.
We arrive in Milan at 2:00pm and our hotel, the Westin- (yes, staying in style!) is right down the street, which is a good thing since D’s suitcase is now close to 50 lbs. (and are backpacks are growing in weight too).
Ahhhhh….heated towel racks and chocolates on the bed! Heaven….No time to linger thou- we are off to see the fashion and finance capitol of the world…
First stop- the famous shopping Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in the Piazza Duomo with designer stores- Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuttion, even Mercedes (I snap a photo for my son Greg.)
This galleria is magnificent! It looks like a museum. Domed ceilings and works of art and stained glass everywhere. Right smack in the middle, of course- a McDonalds McCafe!
It’s mobbed too. Where else can you get a cappicino in Milan for 1.40 euros? And the pastries are to die for! Milan is after all about wordly pleasures! It’s not about looks, it’s about lifestyle.
The rest of the day is spent mastering the subways and looking for the hot night spots. We finally find the area along the canal where D had read all about the happy hours pubs and wine bars. Some are barges that are restaurants. We stop at a jazz bar too with great music and lots of lively college kids.
Later, close to our hotel, we make our final stop of the nite at a very expensive indoor/outdoor bar brimming with Milan fashionitas!..young yuppies dressed to the nines sipping on margaritas or whatever. Me and D have on raincoats and waistbags..Don’t fit in at all but who cares! Not I…it’s fun people watching and I’m in Milan for God” sake!
After we pay 10 euros for one glass of wine (ouch) the bartender gives us a free Limonichino! Time for bed- its 2 am…tomorrow is another day…and our last!