Our first stop in Italy: the fashion capital of the world! After 4 days in Milan, here are our impressions:
1. The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci. They say it is harder to get a ticket to see the Last Supper than it is to meet the Pope! Seeing Da Vinci’s larger than life mural in person was a surreal experience. When you learn about the Last Supper in school, it is a tiny picture on a page. In real life, it is a 15ft by 29ft mural painted in the dining hall all of the Convent of Santa Maria Delle Grazie. Tickets to see the Last Supper sell out six months in advance - we got lucky 4 nights before we got there and scored (unfortunately) only one ticket. MK went this time and we will definitely be back for Patrick to experience.
2. The food! Thanks to some amazing recommendations for our friends Zoe and Anna, our dinner spots (meals and ambience) were some of the best we have had on this trip.
3. The Duomo does not get enough credit. In the list of famous European churches (and we plan on ranking them!), this should be higher. The gothic architecture, the stain-glassed window apses, and the roof spires blew us away.
4. The shopping is, as you would expect, was amazing! And the Milanese dress very well—MK was in heaven and wrote down the details of every brand and cool outfit she saw. We found an awesome men’s shoe store that blew us away in terms of reasonable prices, great quality, and really cool styles.
5. Milan is a very walkable city. We stayed in the Brera district and had the ability to walk all over the city without too much trouble. Our friends Anna and Nick likened Brera to the West Village or Soho in NYC.
6. Speaking of NYC, we were pleasantly surprised at how similar the two cities are. Everyone talks fast, you are always in someone else’s way, and there are a million pigeons!