Last week some friends from school and I decided to make our own long weekend and head to Milan for three days. I was really excited because it was my first time there and since I love coffee, pasta, and fashion Milan seemed like a great place to start. Even though it rained the entire time we were there (I have never seen so much rain in my life) I had a great time and loved Italy! This is a pretty picture heavy post so grab a snack and settle in!
The galleria – If I had a million euro to spend, this is where I’d do it.
A mini arc de triomphe in the park
At this point the rain had stopped for a bit, and the park was very quiet and beautiful as the sun went down.
Lots of cool buildings and art galleries in downtown Milan. I loved all the old stone buildings and how well-preserved they were.
Little-known fact about me – I am a huge fan of old churches. The church I went to growing up was in a really old and interesting building, and while not much of the religion stuck for me, it started my interest in old cathedrals and churches. So, obviously the Duomo was a must-see for me. It’s free and open to all visitors as long as there isn’t a service going on, and I really recommend a visit!
On the second day we all bundled up in our new rain gear and got on the train to Lake Como. After a few mishaps and a lot of confusion we were finally on the right train and headed out for a day at the lake. I didn’t really know anything about Lake Como except for the fact that George Clooney has a house there, and I was blown away by how much I loved this place. I’m a big fan of the water and it’s definitely something I’ve been missing while here in Paris so this was a really nice change. I’m already hoping to come back in the summer when I’m done my thesis and (hopefully) have some time to relax! We took a ferry around some of the towns on the lake, and wandered around a bit until most of our umbrellas had broken and our rainboots had filled with water (it was THAT rainy…). There were a bunch of friendly little cafes all around and I had the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had at one of them.
This stylish dog in a raincoat was loving the weather more than any of us did!
The coldest, soggiest ferry ride.
The train ride home was long and we all fell asleep before heading out for aperitivo. Basically, for 8 euros we could get a cocktail and a buffet dinner which seemed like a great combination. Our waiter was really friendly and we ended up getting a few more of the restaurant’s crazy cocktails and some free shots. I don’t have any pictures from that night, but here’s the gelato I ate the next morning! Tiramisu gelato, brunch of champions.
Even the rain couldn’t stop me from loving this city! Great weekend of friends, food, and travel.