To the train station! To the train station!

Trip Start Jan 09, 2011
Trip End Feb 06, 2012

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Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Monday, January 30, 2012

First order of business today was to go and get our reservations for the train so we took the long walk to the trtain station and asked for the reservation for the 14:20 train to Rome.  The ticket lady instead booked us on the 15:00 train because it had no stops and took about half an hour less than the 14:20 train.  Excellent.  This sounds like a great idea and gets us in to Rome around 6pm with lots of time to get back from the Last Supper and drag all our stuff to the train station.  Back at our room we decide to have noodles for lunch and go out for supper.  We wanted something warm and it was cold outside.   I took the opportunity to email our B&B in Rome to say we will be arriving after 6pm and thank them for sending us directions, even though they sent driving directions.  Never mind, I have internet access and know how to use mapquest.
This afternoon saw us wander over to Santa Maria della Grazie, where we will be going in the morning to see the Last Supper. We wanted to see the church today since we might not have time tomorrow.  We found it easily, and even discovered a short cut to get there.  Too bad the place was closed.  It wasn't going to re-open until 3:00pm.  That's fine.  We wanted to go get some gellatti anyway.  Yes, it was cold out, no, we didn't care.  We found a bench in the sun to eat our gellatti, and fed the cones to the pigeopns.  There were a few sparrows trying to get in on the action, but the pigeons bullied them away.  I wished for a sea gull to come and snatch the cone fragment away from the pigeons, but that didn't happen. 
Finally back at Santa Maria della Grazie and it's open!  It is also free, which is a definite bonus.  There are many separate chapels lining the church, each with a description written in English.  Many sections tell of artworks which were damaged in the war and are not visible anymore.  The lighting sucks, and many of the frescoes and paintings that are there are really hard to see anyway.  The chapels are all blocked off with metal gates, so it is impossible to change the angle at which you view the works.  Nevertheless, it is pleasant and, our purpose achieved, we head back to our room to rest our feet a bit before finding dinner.  I check my email, and the B&B in Rome has emailed back to say they cannot accept a check in later than 6pm.  Sorry.  Aaa!  That's when our train arrives! This will never do, we have to get on an earlier train.  A third trip to Milano Centrale is necessary.  We're sick of walking, so we take the metro.  Nora's first metro trip!  It takes us less than half an hour to ride to the station, change our reservation and return to the room.  Also, it only cost 6 euros, and that's just for the metro ride, the ticket change was free.  That has been sorted.  Now we can actually rest before dinner. 
Dinner is at our favourite restaurant in Milan, Rossopomodoro, which served us delicious wood-fired pizza yesterday and more...interesting...dishes today.  Serves us right for ordering things which included words we had never heard before.  Regardless, everyone at the restaurant thinks Nora is the cutest thing they ever saw, and of course, they're right!
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