Oh, MILAN !! What are you thinking when uttering this words? Yes, shopping!
It’s a shopper’s delight, a fun and exciting place to go to especially in the month of July-August as I happened to find out by chance. I always pay a visit (brief holiday) to my cousins living in Milan while I am in Europe, but it turned out it’s a strike two! Yahoo! 🙂
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuel II. A 18th Century structure, and yes! expensive restaurants and famous stores are inside. It is easy to get to this place because of the METRO (Red/Green/Yellow lines subway) and so cheap compared to Switzerland, but of course, depends on where you are staying. Also, it is near the Duomo. For me, I have to board a bus first then go to the Red Line. It will cost you as little as 1.50 euro for a day if you use it within 2 hours then you can even return home for just that single ticket including the bus, just don’t forget to scan it on first boarding. For me as I have to go several times it’s best to buy a 24hrs which cost 4.50 euro for 24hrs. Like Switzerland, Milan Metro is also reliable and fast.
Of course, expect heaps of people around you and so this is not for weak heart or people who get dizzy easily because even in the early morning it tends to be overcrowded. Also the fact that it is so hot at times! You must have a bottle of water with you before you embarked yourself into a shopping spree. It was up to 70% SALE on most items of all branded clothes in all department stores as far as your eyes can see. So you can get a bargain from 3-8 euro only for basic shirts and blouses for most of Ladies & Men’s clothing etc. This is a good bargain and the best gifts for X’mas for your loved ones. Actually, buying clothes in a souvenir shop around are more expensive!
There is one sadness of it all, though… for every 5-10 steps, there are some beggars around asking for help. Some are young and I wonder are they trapped and cannot go home? Or is it just another stint and after dark, they are partying? haha! Sorry can’t help to be cynical sometimes as it can happen you know. Seriously, I cannot control my heart for feeling sorry for them (Oldies) and the last-minute I see I almost got drained of coins (I got heaps of them! Feel guilty of shopping without giving you know!) which are very important to have when traveling in a foreign Country not having English as their first language. I happened to be a victim of not having a coin when I arrived the last time and yes, a handsome Italian student came to the rescue! Otherwise, I will be in trouble bursting my bladder. There you go for a tip. 🙂
Of course… Milan is not only for shopping. Lots of architectural building and Museums and a Castle to see plus the Parks and yes foods! Family in Switzerland loves Italian food by the way. They are very grateful that Italian came to migrate and bring their dishes.
Before I go I’ll leave you another funny picture quote!
Next stop, Sightseeing around Milan on my next post. Then back to Switzerland in Locarno so hope you stick around and wait for those.