I left Hospental today and it was still very lightly snowing. I guess the temperature was hovering at about zero. Got on the train towards Milan, and now I’m basking in 24 degrees. That’s better! The train ride was pretty short and sweet. Had to stop in Goschenen again, the town from which we climbed really high to get to Hospental. It’s pretty cool looking at the road snaking all over below you as we made the descent. It would be a hairy road to drive, S-turns and lots of climbing. As the train passed through Lugano, Switzerland I thought of my parents and the most incredible pizza any of us had ever had. We were sitting on our balcony drinking beer, eating pizza and soaking up the view of the lake. It’s one of my favourite and most lasting memories from that trip!
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Last views of Hospental.
Twisting roads from Hospental to Goschenen.
This should have given me a hint that I was traveling in an area out of season. I was the ONLY person on the train going there… and back!
Sunny Milan! This is the Duomo di Milano. Impressive, isn’t it? I met a nice man on the train who is originally from Germany but has been living and working in Milan for the past 25 years. He offered to give me a little walking tour of the city when we got off the train. There is no better way to get the inside scoop on a place than from a local…we walked over to the main piazza where the Duomo and Galleria is. Then he showed me Teatro alla Scala, whcih is the opera house, and gave me a great tip about a gallery around the corner from it that I’ll check out today. Then we continued our walk down towards Navigli, an artsy area that is flanked by a couple of canals. I asked him what the best thing to eat in Milan was, and he said risotto. Well, I love risotto, so we popped into a place he knew to have a taste. I ordered the Risotto Milanese, which is a more basic type of risotto that is flavoured and coloured by saffron. It was delicious! We had a nice bottle of bubbly red wine that is locally made in the area. It was called Bonarda del’Oltrepo Pavese. I wasn’t sure about red wine with bubbles, but it was remarkably good and refreshing! He also told me about something they do in a lot of bars and restaurants in Milan. Between the hours of 5 and 9ish, they have all sorts of *free* food to eat if you buy a drink. Or two… or three. I’m willing to bet the food is all just a bit too salty to make you thirsty, but you know that’s what I have to do for dinner tomorrow night! Bar food, yum!
The entrance to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton…oh, and McDonald’s.
Leonardo! Da Vinci of course.