As it’s coming to the end of the year I thought I really should catch up on the blogs I should have written! This is the oldest one about our trip to Milan. I was lucky enough to win flights from Ireland West Trad. we could pick any destination from Ireland West Knock airport (except Paris because it wasn’t a direct flight). I’ve always wanted to go to Italy so we picked there. The flights may have been free but we had to pay for accommodation (which wasn’t cheap), also as it was Ryanair we flew with they say Milan but it’s an hour away.
It was great to be able to fly from Knock, it’s such a handy airport for us as it’s only 40 minutes away. I know people complain about having to pay €12 to leave the country from there but it’s a lot cheaper than having to travel to Dublin and usually stay overnight somewhere. Now if only they could sort out their car parking charges I’d be happy 😉
After arriving at Bergamo airport we got a coach to Milan Central Station. The central station (above) is beautiful but unfortunately there are a lot of beggars there and of course us with our cases attracted the wrong kind of attention so we quickly moved (we were being followed) so we saw a McDonalds and headed there. Of course that got me really worried about us getting mugged and I was stressed so it didn’t start the holiday very well at all. We managed to find the metro station we needed and after getting lost a bit we found our hotel. I was very relieved that we got there in one piece.
The hotel we stayed in was quite nice. It’s a bit odd having cake for breakfast…but I’m not going to complain 😉 the worst thing was the noise. We were right above a busy bus/tram line and it seemed to run for most of the night. When it did finally stop we could hear party goers and sirens. So certainly not a relaxing break.
We enjoyed looking around the Duomo and even went up on the roof to get a look over Milan. Again it was expensive and even to take photos inside the Duomo it cost extra. I almost got stung outside there when I was feeding pigeons with bread and a man put bird seed on my hand and asked for €15!! So you do really need your wits about you. To be honest it’s put me off going back to Italy again and it’s a shame because it was a place I always wanted to visit.
As it’s Milan we expected and got lots of designer shops. This shopping centre is just across from the Duomo, it seems like some people chose fashion as their religion. As for me I’m not a shopper but I couldn’t help but be impressed by this beautiful building.
I suppose my favourite day was when we went to the Parco Sempione. It is a beautiful park and it was a really hot day when we went there. We were able to sit on the benches and try the gelato (which was lovely).
We also went to visit an aquarium that was located in the park and it was cool in there 🙂
Another day we spent shopping although on that day it poured with rain, so it was just like being in Ireland! After being rained on we found a lovely place for lunch and they spoke English!! which was great because we’d really been struggling with our phrasebook and ended up getting all kinds of food!!