Sunday, 28 August 2016

Ciao Milano!

Way back in March I went to Milan to see my favourite ballet Don Quixote at La Scala Milan. I have always wanted to visit that theatre, so I was thrilled to actually get hold of some tickets to see DonQ! My latest favourite holiday activity is cooking so I was thrilled to find a cookery class with the wonderful Cook In Milano.  Milan is quite an industrial city - not as scenic as perhaps Venice or Paris but I liked it - so much so I returned in July for another ballet - Swan Lake.
La Scala Milan

Hmm not impressed by the safety rail 
blocking my view!

The lovely chandelier in the auditorium.

The lead dancers Angelo Greco (Basilio) 
and Vittoria Valerio (Kitri)

The curtain call after Don Quixote.

In the Piazza del Duomo one of the buildings 
had this lovely ballerina adorning the exterior!

The main square in Milan - Piazza del Duomo - is home to the famous Duomo Cathedral and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
The amazing facade of the Duomo at night.

The beautiful interior of
the Duomo Cathedral.

I loved the inlaid marble floors.

Floral patterns in the marble floors.
One of the altars.

The Duomo has very ornate stained 
glass windows.

The Duomo doors were interesting too!
The traditional style headgear worn by the 
army guards outside the Duomo.

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is an imposing huge building housing high end shops and lots of restaurants.

The Galleria complex.

The central glass dome in the Galleria.
Another boulevard in the Galleria.

Trams are one of the main modes 
of transport in Milan.

This very grand hound 
was sitting in the Piazza, 
so regal!

A lovely piazza and fountain on the way to the 
main Piazza del Duomo, 

which you can see in the background.
One of the water outlets 
on the fountain.

It being Spring the camellias were in bloom 
in huge pots outside many buildings.
A memorial column and garden
on the way back to my hotel.

The gardens were full of lovely 
flowers - daisies and tulips 
being some of the flowers.  
They were very pretty.

The Church Campanile outside 
my window.  Thankfully the bells 
stopped ringing after 7pm!

Of course Milan being in Italy was certainly not short of foodie experiences whether restaurants, cafes, ice cream shops/cafes, markets or cookery classes....More next time!

1 comment:

  1. Milan looks lovely, especially that exquisite Duomo. How fantastic to go to the famous La Scala, and to see two of the best ballets. Don Quixote is a special favourite of mine also, as the Australian Ballet had a wonderful production with Rudolf Nureyev years ago. Loved it. So pretty to see the ballerina in lights!