Ciao Milano

Trip Start May 18, 2011
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Trip End Aug 08, 2012


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Hotel Tirreno

Flag of Italy  , Lombardy,
Thursday, June 2, 2011

I think the journey from Nice, France to Milan, Italy via Ventigmilla is the most interesting train journey I have taken. I was sat in a cabin (of 6), which we don't have in the UK, meaning you are facing and closed in with up to 6 people. Initially it was Jessica (a Milanese trainee Pharmacist) and I.

She had been in the UK for the playoff match between Huddersfield and Peterborough when she called a friend to meet in London, only to find out that they were in Monaco. They subsequently invited her out to Monaco where she had enjoyed a VIP lifestyle with helicopter journeys to St Tropez for dinner and the Monaco GP from her friend’s balcony. Any how she also explained that she worked at La Scala in Milan, apparently the world famous Opera house (I hadn’t heard of it). Thankfully she spoke excellent English.

We were joined by two ladies from Sanremo who were attending a wedding in Milan. They were extrovert to say the least and mildly obsessed horoscopes. The journey lasted 5 hours but seemed to be only a couple; gratefully Jessica did a lot of translating. She also provided a Milanese take on Milan, suggesting all the places I should visit or avoid. At the end of the journey I exchanged details with Jes, with the plan to meet tomorrow night for a drink.

So after an enjoyable journey I made my way to the hostel, where I was told they had overbooked and I had no place to stay and that accommodation would be difficult to find in Milan this weekend because it was a national bank holiday. (I had noticed all but the city centre shops were closed on my journey to the hostel). My heart sank, but fortunately this comment was followed by, but I have made alternate accommodation plans for you at a friend’s hotel. I was relieved to say the least. I made the short trip to my new hostel, which was closer to the centre and a tube stop, to find it was more like a guest house with a single room and no common area. The toilet and shower were separate, but I had a bidet (toilet for no. 1’s) and sink in my room.

I took a leisurely walk to the tube station and then had a brief look around the Duomo and Castle two things Jes had recommended. I head back for an early night ready for a full day in Milano tomorrow.

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