As regular readers may know, I recently went to Milan for the weekend - this was a pretty spontaneous booking back in about August, when a friend and I purchased a Wowcher code for a "mystery European break", whereby we had to select dates and an airport to fly from, and our destination and hotel were chosen for us. After much excitement and last-minute guidebook and currency-shopping, the weekend rolled around. These are just a few of my photos from our weekend because I know other people's holiday photos get pretty boring, pretty quickly (unless you're super nosey like me!) and I don't want to bore you all... You may have seen a few sneak peeks from the weekend if you follow me on Instagram, too.
We got the train up to Lake Como on the Saturday morning; it was grey and cloudy but still absolutely beautiful, we could only imagine how nice it'd be in the sun! We had a lovely wander around the town of Como, went up on the funicular railway to see what we could see, had a peek at the duomo, purchased postcards and stamps (in Italian! Cinque francobolli per favore!) and indulged in the obligatory Italian gélato - if I thought it'd travel okay, I'd have filled my bag coming home because it was amazing.
Back in Milan, we paid a visit to the Piazza Mercanti, as well as having a look round the Teatro alla Scala Opera House, the Santa Maria Presso san Satiro chapel (which is an architectural miracle!), and enjoying the sunset from the roof of the Duomo. I promise I'm not just being a massive poser in that last photo above - I sat down without realising how slippery the ledge was, so had to put my hand out to avoid sliding into the gentleman down from me, just as Rachel took the photo... We visited a lovely little cafe in the Piazza Duomo for risotto, tiramisu and coffee in the evening, and learnt how to ask for the bill in Italian from the lovely waitress (Per favore posso avere il conto?).
Sunday morning we entertained ourselves by travelling around Milan on the Metro to all the exotic-sounding stations (Lima, anyone? Argentina?) for a while (well, we did have unlimited 48-hour Metro tickets!), before paying a visit to the Castello Sforzesco, Parco Sempione, and a gorgeous coffee shop until it was time to head back to the airport. It was quite a short weekend, with under 48 hours actually spent in Milan, and I have to say I was pretty sleep-deprived by the time we got home, but I think we managed to fit a lot in and saw most of the things we'd wanted to see. I'd definitely love to go back to Como when it's a bit warmer some time, and I'm sure there are plenty more things to see in Milan as well.
Have you ever been to Milan? Is there anywhere you'd recommend visiting? What's been your favourite weekend break?