The drive from Paris to Milan was absolutely gorgeous! The biggest mountains I have ever seen and the beautiful Swiss Alps which had snow at the very top. Out of all the drives we did, this one was my favorite. Arriving to Milan was different than expected though, to be honest I wasn’t even sure what to expect but I thought it would be a little like Paris. I was so completely wrong! Given our hotel was on the outside of the city center so maybe my view on the city would have been different had we stayed closer. Our first night in Milan was difficult to find food. For some reason there are food options EVERYWHERE in Paris but in Barcelona and Milan we didn’t see a lot of choices. We finally found a place down the block from our hotel, so it was a quick walk.
This is where things got interesting and I will never forget what happened here. Our waiter was so incredibly sweet, turns out he was from Egypt! After eating one of the best pizzas we have ever had, our waiter asked us if we wanted a lime..? We had no idea what he meant so we kindly declined. He said he would pay for it and it was on him, he kept pushing us to try whatever lime is. So finally we agreed and he brought out a shot glass and gave it to my husband. It turns out that it’s basically their version of a type of liquor. After I saw my husband was ok from trying this odd drink I got asked if I wanted one and I accepted. This was the sweetest liqour, of course it still and a small burn but it was incredible and I’m so glad that we gave it a try. After that we were going to head back to the hotel but my husband couldn’t find his wallet! Long story short he had to run back to the hotel to grab it and when he came back, our waiter walks by and asks if he would like a lime! It was too funny.. the waiter understood what happened and thought he needed something to take the edge off. In the end we ended up having 6 or 7 shots worth and we got them all for free.
The next day we woke up early because later we would be heading to our next destination. We packed our things into the car and went to the famous cathedral in Milan. Photos do not do this place justice! This place is so incredibly beautiful and big, I had chills when I saw it. The amount of work and care that was put into that place is just amazing, I couldn’t keep my eyes off of it. We spent awhile just walking around and taking photos… then some crazy things happened. These guys were feeding the birds and thats how they keep all those birds over there, they grabbed my hand and put bird seed in it without me really knowing what was going on. All of a sudden I had birds flying towards me and landing on my hand, it was a very cool experience but when we were done and started to walk away, we got harassed for money. Saying they helped get the perfect photo with the birds and they deserved money for it. This was a tourist trap and we didn’t even realize it. You guys- these people are pros and you have to be careful. We learned so much from our Europe trip and its best if you don’t take anything from anyone and ignore them. We didn’t say we wanted to take photos with birds or anything, they just walked up to us and we thought they were just being nice.
After walking around the area a little more we were ready to head to the next place. Driving around Milan some buildings were very interesting but if you plan on visiting Milan the cathedral is really the only amazing thing to see. Was it worth it? Yeah I think so, but I wouldn’t spend more than a day there. Just my opinion.
Stay tuned for the next blog post of our Europe trip! The next one will be about Venice and I have so much to say about that place! Thank you all for reading my posts, I love sharing my experiences with you!