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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Milan: World of Fashion

Milan, Italy

World of Fashion in the Capital of Glamour and Style

Milan is truly a fashion capital of Italy. Milan's fashion district provides the best shopping opportunities in Europe. True shopaholics headed to Milan, Italy. For people with limited budget, it's fun to window shop like we did. Let's just discover and admire the architectural structure as Milan has the world's most beautiful cathedral know as the Duomo di Milano.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
The magnificent five story high Galleria Victtorio Emanuele II covered with a glass and iron roof. The Galleria became the favorite meeting place in the city. It's structure is very impressive for its dimension which formed like a cross. Two iron and glass covered the walkways meet an octagonal central piazza glass dome. The gallery is decorated with plenty of patriotic symbols, mosaics on the floor below the dome. The four mosaics just below the central dome represent four parts of the world: Europe, America, Africa and Asia.
The Galleria is the most popular attraction and very crowded with locals and tourist for shopping and snapping pictures of the spectacular architecture. Truly beautiful galleria which really struck me and I simply loved it that way it was made, very simple yet very striking and I can't still believe I'm stepping in the Fashion Capital of Italy. This is exactly what fashion is all about. Here you could find cafes, restaurant and upscale stores... Branded shop like  Prada, Versace, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and so much more... This is shopping!
The entrance from the Piazza del Duomo is framed by Monumental Triumphal Arch of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Souvenirs are everywhere outside the Galleria or along the Piazza del Duomo. They have wide selection of beautiful souvenirs to choose from, from magnets, keychains, plates, ashtray and so much more. Since we can't afford so much for the branded stuff, we took are time here for souvenir hunting of magnets. Prices starts at 4euro and above.
Milan Cathedral / Duomo di Milano
The Duomo di Milano is one of the world's largest churches and Milan's magnificent cathedral. The Duomo is located at the center of Milan. I was really mesmerize to this very beautiful cathedral with its white front facade, this would be my personal favorite cathedral in Italy. Comparing to other churches I've been and seen in Italy, Milan Cathedral is the grandest among other cathedral. The Duomo is decorated with an amazing number of beautiful sculpted statues and spires.
Pigeons are surrounded throughout the  Piazza del Duomo. There are people in the piazza that gave you bird seeds by hand to feed the pigeons and a closer encounter with the pigeons for picture purposes but in the later part, they will ask you 1euro for every bird seeds they hand on you. If they hand it on you five times, they will ask you to pay them 5euros for it. Be aware of that when visiting here, don't accept it if you don't intent to pay.  As we personally taught they are giving it for free or just sharing it for they didn't even say a word that they sell it in the first place. That's how they do business out of feeding those pigeons :) Anyways It's good to play around with the pigeons and took some snapshot! I personally enjoyed it :)
Visitors can take a fascinating trip to the Duomo's roof through steps or elevator in a small fee. We didn't take a trip up the Duomo's roof, we just explore more of the beautiful facade of the Duomo and enjoy the scenic that surrounds the piazza.
Since we still have time and while waiting for other people in our group we grab some yummy gelato while resting along the side of the  Duomo. Gelato in cone for me and gelato in cup for my sister :) Yummy gelato!
Some photos along the piazza
Madonnina (Little Madonna)
A bit far away from the cathedral/duomo, we  could see this Little Madonna. A copper statue of the Virgin Mary covered with 3900 pieces of gold leaf. A 14 ft statue was placed on the top of the cathedral's tallest spire and marked as the highest point in the city.

Fang Jong Restaurant
Our lunch at Fang Jong Restaurant which specialize in Chinese, Japanese and Italian Cuisine. The restaurant is located few minutes from the centre of Milan. We have lot's of yummy chinese dishes!

Milan is my top favorite city in Italy. I just simply love it here and I could not explain more how much I like Milan. I heart Milan!
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Ciao!
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