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Amo Milano

sunny 45 °C

Yeah yeah yeah, I know what you’re thinking.. “You used Google Translate for this blog’s title, didn’t you!?” And YES! As a matter of fact, I did. But let me tell you, Rick Steve didn’t account for that translation in his Italian Phrase Book and Dictionary, so I had no choice but to cheat. Ricki did however make sure to include the translation for “wow”…

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I’ll make sure to use that one.

As I’m writing this blog using Grand-Maman Madelen’s computer (wayyy more handy than having to type on my iPhone by the way) .. I know I should either be packing up my things or sleeping. It’s past 1am and Jamie and I are leaving for Venice tomorrow morning. I’ll be able to enjoy Grand-Maman’s delicious soutlach for breakfast one more time before we depart. Is that even how you spell it? Soutlach? Sutlach? Suhtlatch? Ah well, the Bensason’s know what I’m trying to spell. If you’re a non-Bensason, imagine the creamiest rice pudding, but a gazillion times better. Mmm!!
Just checked the fridge…

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Looks like I’m having a big breakfast :D

Speaking of food… Wow. (See! I told you I’d use it!) Grand-Maman, Maurice, Jamie and I went out to dinner tonight for some real Italian cuisine. I enjoyed a traditional Italian Mushroom Risotto and Jamie had the Spaghetti Aoili… I think. In any case, both were absolutely delicious!! I’ve never had a risotto as good as the one I had tonight. And Jamie’s pasta was cooked to perfection… the real al dente deal. Mamamiaa!

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After having arrived in Milan late yesterday afternoon, we only really had one full day here so we took advantage of it by getting up early, having a lovely breakfast with Grand-Maman and Maurice and metro-ing it straight to the Duomo di Milano. Little did we know, exposed shoulders aren’t accepted into the cathedral and I had to find myself some kind of cover-up. We were lucky to have the Galleria just a few steps away… but the prices in there were just a tad out of my price range. The scarf I saw for 2,750 euros scared me the most. Once in the Galleria, we got completely distracted. I guess you can’t really blame us though. The place is absolutely stunning. We got the window shopping bug and ended up exploring the city for a bit. On the way, we even had our own complimentary tour of Acqua di Parma, the single most luxurious cologne store I’ve ever seen.

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(Travel tip #1: Stick all of your perfume samples in your luggage to conceal dirty laundry and pretend to smell rich and fancy.)

We ended up finding our way back to the duomo after stopping to a scarf kiosk. I tried bargaining my way into getting a euro off, taking Krisitin and Drew’s bargaining advice to heart… but when the saleslady started increasing the price instead of decreasing it, I knew I was doing something wrong and settled for a 5 euro scarf. I can guarantee that today will probably be the only time I wear it though. The weather is aboslutely scorching. I don’t know how we’ll survive in Greece. In fact, I can feel my legs beginning to melt into this leather seat. I think it’s about time I start packing.

Update you soon! Let’s hope we have WiFi in Venice.

Buona notte … No Google Translate that time. Promise ;)

Posted by GabriellaMarika 16:35 Archived in Italy

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