Jul 07, 2007
Jul 31, 2007
Our last day in Milan proved to be an interesting one. The street in front of our hotel was turned into a "mercato" that lasted the entire day (setup began at 4 a.m. and clean-up ended at 10 p.m. right outside our window). It was difficult to pass up some of the food and some of the clothing but street market lingerie was not that appealing. The smells reminded us of Sicily and the hand gestures and yelling were so very Italian. We escaped the noise and crowds by taking our favorite tram until we were "off" the only map that we had. Larry's hope that the Tram would loop back to the city center evaporated at the second to last stop. Thank goodness for transfers; we hopped off one tram and on to another in the opposite direction. A consolation prize for this "DAR" was some Grom gelato when we finally made it back to our original destination (you can check out their website at www.grom.it). It was quality gelato (and we do know our gelato). We spent the rest of the afternoon in two amazing museums--the Brera which not only houses an amazing collection of art but also the oldest and most famous art school in Milan--and the Ambrosiana, the house and extensive collection of Cardinal Borremeo. The Cardinal was quite the art collector. He had everything from antiquities to Latin inscriptions (Alison really demonstrated her knowledge of Latin in translating so much of what we saw, though she refused to give the Greek a shot--"Uh, that's Greek and I don't DO Greek"). Probably the most "interesting" non-art item was the lock of Lucrezia Borgia's hair as the kindly "vecchio" docent urged us to notice (Lucrezia--she's beautiful but don't drink the wine!). There was something soothing about being in the museums; as a family it has to be one of our favorite things to do, so long as there isn't much "scavi." We retired to our hotel, thought about dinner, ate early after which the girls passed out before 9:30. Tomorrow, off to Parma...early.