Visiting the City of Milano

Visiting the City of Milano


Last week I was on holiday, and decided to visit Northern Italy for the first time. I set off with a couple of friends to the upbeat city of Milan, and since my trip has concluded, I have only positive things to say about this lovely city, which has prompted me to write this week’s article on Milan. Here are some of the attractions that I would recommend checking out if you are lucky enough to visit.

The most famous attraction to visit in Milan is without a doubt, the Cathedral Duomo di Milano. This stunning piece of Gothic architecture is the third largest cathedral in the world, and took nearly six centuries to complete. The cathedral which was designed by Leonardo da Vinci, can hold in excess of up to 40,000 people. Words are not enough to describe how large it is when you walk inside of the building. For an even more spectacular photo opportunity, wait till the sun is setting to take some breath taking photos of the Duomo.

Sitting to the left of the Cathedral Duomo de Milano is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This huge outdoor shopping center built in 1865, is one of the oldest malls in the world. The shopping mall hosts many luxurious shops including Prada, Dior, etc., and attracts many tourists looking to splash some cash on high-quality products.

If you enjoy art, and museums, I recommend the Cenacolo, which houses the famous “Last Super” painting. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance, as it is extremely hard to get access the day of. Along with the Cenacolo, is the Basilica di Sant’ Ambrogio. This fort turned museum boasts several exhibits including Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci. I suggest picking and choosing the museums you want to visit in advance, because there is such a large selection that it would be hard to visit them all, within a short amount of time.

Moving along to my favorite subject, places to eat. Whenever I travel to a new place, I do extensive research as to where I want to eat. When in Italy, three foods come to mind: Pizza, pasta, and gelato. Starting with the best pizza place Milan has to offer, “Mr. Panozzo” is super cheap, and was delicious. While there I ate a whole pizza, accompanied by calzone and a panini. I recommend this place to everyone looking for delightful, homemade pizza, at an incredibly affordable price. For pasta, I advise a quaint restaurant by the name of “Da Giordano il Bolognese”. This family run gastronomical restaurant offers the best pasta I have ever had in my life. Along with a bottle of house wine from the restaurant, and dessert, it is by far the best place to get great pasta without breaking the bank at a Micheline restaurant. Finally, let’s talk about dessert. The best gelato place in the city is located along a canal, and the name of the shop is “Cioccolati Italiani”. The gelato I ate had multiple smaller cones inside a large cone, filled with different flavored ice cream, Nutella, chocolate sauce, and many other things.

All in all, I hope that this article motivates you all to visit Milan, and helps those of you going to have some ideas on what is exciting to do in the city. I certainly look forward to returning someday.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Day Four In Italy: Florence

This is the day we learned the history of everything


Waking up bright and early we first took the tour bus to the country side of Florence where we visited a medieval town full of shops that lined a beautiful countryside.

CountrysideBrooke Burney

We spent about three hours here just looking around, buying things, and taking pictures. Once the three hours were up, we went to a winery where they explained how they made wine with the grapes in their vineyard.

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After the tour, they fed us lunch with some of their wine. Then, after we ate, we passed through their wine shop and took the bus back to the Piazza della Signoria. On the way back, our tour guide was telling us about Michelangelo and his time creating the Statue of David. We had to stand in a line for about thirty minutes but when our time came, we were thrilled. We entered and saw artwork from many different artists. However, Michelangelo had a hallway of his own that was mostly filled with unfinished sculptures of statues with David being at the very end.

Statue of DavidBrooke Burney

After the tour of the art museum, our tour guide took us to the square where the churches were and gave us a history lesson on them. He gave us a background on the pictures that were painted on the doors and what they represent.

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After this tour, we went back to our hotel where we were able to go eat dinner. My friends and I went back to the small square we first went to and ate in a small pizza joint.

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If you ever go to Europe, keep in mind that they have a hard time splitting orders. As we were sitting at this table, we asked for separate checks but they made us pay separately on a single check, which was kind of funny watching three American girls pick through their euros.

After dinner, we went back to our hotel to pack for the next day. To the train station, then Pompeii!

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