After our glorious stay in Vernazza was over, we hopped a three-hour train to Milan, for a one night’s stay before catching our flight home. We stayed at the AC Milano, a very modern hotel, that was within walking distance to the train station. As soon as we got to Milan, we started walking the city streets (just shy of 6 miles) to people watch and grab some food and drink.
We wanted to see the Milan Cathedral while in Milan, but unfortunately, we were turned away because of “inappropriate” attire. Your shoulders have to be covered, and your skirt/shorts must be longer than your knees. It was 90 degrees, and we could have gone and bought a wrap like everyone else, but we got lazy, and just decided seeing the outside magnificence was enough! Everyone was getting turned away, and they were strict, so make sure you wear your full suit if you're going to the Duomo!
McDonald’s is so popular in Europe. We had to pop in to the Milan McD’s to check it out. It was hip, tons of young people, and music blasting. They even serve beer! Yes, please!
We stopped at a little outdoor café but mostly walked the streets. I was completely blown away by the high-end stores and shopping. There are more stores on these city blocks, it was amazing! I was expecting to see more high fashion on the streets than we did, but we did see our fair share of beautiful people and high heels, and people looking chic despite the periods of rain. :)
And just like that, we hopped a flight from Milan to Chicago, and a wonderful anniversary trip came to an end.
The days were long.
The company was grand.
A good mix of relaxation and sightseeing.
A break from the kids.
Memories to be cherished for a lifetime.
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