(Spoiler Alert! You might want to start with Day 1 to follow this trip from the beginning...)
For those of you new to this blog — which includes everyone, including us, since the site is less than a week old — we are putting the best of our images from Italy in separate galleries on this site. When you get a minute, it's totally worth checking out Zan's photos from around the city of Milan and pictures of things we ate during our visit. Just a head's up that we'll do the same for each city as we go along. Prego.
Now, for the would be travelers out there following along, I decided it was time to share some advice. Since David Letterman and I share a birthday (What? You didn't know I was born in 1947? Psshh...), I thought it only appropriate to do so in the form of a satirical late night talk show list.
Official Top 10 List of Unofficial Things WE Learned About Milan:
- Most Milanese chain smoke like fiends. If you're not into inhaling smoke anytime you are outdoors (you know, trying to enjoy nature or whatevs) it can sorta be a bummer.
- Everyone in Milan is, on the whole, super fashionable. And I mean everyone, even kids and super old people. I realize it's the world's fashion mecca and all but dang, does no one in Milan have a bad sense of style?
- The Milanese are, for the most part, super skinny (see # 1 & 2) and some are unexpectedly tall.
- They don't leave or expect tips after meals. I hear this is true for all of Italy so, yeah, I can get used to that. (See #5.)
- You pay more to sit at a restaurant or cafe versus just standing at the bar to drink your espresso. It's called a "coperto" or a "cover charge."
- No one gets out of your way when you're walking down the street, getting on or off the bus, entering / leaving a cafe, etc, etc. (Side note: I'd actually like to apply this to all Europeaners and / or people that live in big cities. Geesh.)
- They like their graffiti… I mean they really like their graffiti. Some of it is actually pretty good.
- They speak better English then we (Americans) speak Italian. Some even speak better English than us period.
- They prefer bikes and scooters and motorcycles to cars. Sometimes they even ride them on the sidewalks. Fast.
- Breakfast here makes places like IHOP seem funny. It doesn't exist like it does in the states — a simple pastry and espresso will suffice. Lunch, however, is a big deal and dinner doesn't really get hopping until 9pm. Or you can forget eating altogether and just chain smoke all day (see #1-3.) You decide.