Our Italy trip started in Milan, but we quickly headed out of the city due to insanely high hotel prices. I still wanted to get a glimpse of the city, so we decided to spent our last few days in Italy exploring it.
As I was discussing our trip on facebook, one of my penpals from when I was a teenager/young adult noticed we were heading across the pond. As we got closer & we finalized items on our end, she decided to come down from Luxembourg so we could meet.
It was totally cool to be able to meet someone I wrote to for years & years – and to hit it off enough for an entire weekend. There was a bit of exploring of course. We visited Duomo and had dinner on a rooftop overlooking the impressive structure.
We rode the old fashioned trolley through the city. We visited the canals of Milan, walked through Castello Sforzesco and the neighboring Parco Sempione and also took a stroll through the Cimitero Monumentale.
It seems like a lot of exploring as I type it, as when we were there I felt bad I wasn’t doing more. Truth was, I was exhausted from non stop travel for two weeks. So, we also spent a lot of time eating & drinking & talking which was also nice. I think I even saw midnight two nights in a row!
It was a super cool way to end our Italy trip. We loved so many things about Italy and truthfully, it was a bit of an adjustment when we got back into the states. We immediately noticed the difference in food and wine, and I admit I was quite cranky the first few weeks. I loved Italian service and it really is annoying to have your meal interrupted every 5 minutes with questions, or being asked if you want dessert as you take your first bite of a meal, or being brought your check as you take your second bite. (I know, I was a server & I was guilty of all of these at one time or another – it is especially bad at corporate places where these things are mandated)
I was really nervous traveling to a country where I didn’t know the language and it ended up being not so bad. I picked up some tourist phrases before we left & picked up a bunch more words while we were there. Overall, we encountered a lot of friendly faces and it has me so excited for future travels outside the US.
For now, we will continue to explore this great nation, even if we eat out a little less. (my waistline just cheered!)