well now I have ranted about my republicanism I am going to bore you with my holiday photos! Milan is a very busy city more London than Florence I think and so very hot!!
and the heat meant that I lost my appetite (a very rare thing) and could only photograph the wondrous food in the windows!!
I could also only photograph the wondrous things in the Prada window but for more financial reasons!
Oh the shoes!
Lots of beautiful art deco/nouveau (I looked it up on Google and am none the wiser!) balconies near where we were staying but Milan was heavily bombed during the war and a lot of the buildings in the centre are ugly modern business buildings.
the Duomo is spectacular! It is unbelievably ornate with stunning carvings
we even managed to find our very own mr posh paws the whippet
I love the creepy little figures hidden amongst fruit and flowers
and even more decoration
a glorious tram system that we loved using
the hip area down by the canals (hence my dear man's artsy cross processed photograph). Lots of nice music and food down there but VERY expensive drinks
the truth is we can't last in a city for more than a day and we did escape on the train to some water at the beautiful lake Como
where we enjoyed a lovely boat trip while picking out a nice little weekend retreat!
There is some fabulous art in Milan, in particular I enjoyed the Pinocateca Ambrosiana which houses Leonardo da Vinci's codex ( lots of sketches and notes) and had a beautiful Bruegel show on. We sadly didn't get to see the Last Supper as you need to book months in advance.
I love my children dearly but it was rather nice to spend four days without having to cook clean wash up pick up.... and they coped magnificently, we even came back to a clean house. I should point out that my oldest is eighteen just in case you thought we had left them 'home alone'!! Of course I spent the whole holiday thinking 'oh Annis/Teague/Cain would have loved this' but I buried the guilt and enjoyed it, our first holiday alone in 19 years!