23-09-2007 departure from Beirut airport, destination Malpensa, Milano

Arrived there at 7:00AM – spent 1:45 between the huge crowd that was there. Most of the people simply passing thru Milan, as it is the cheapest airport this time of the year.

Arrived at Stazione Centrale (downtown Milan) at 9:30 – We took the shuttle from outside the Airport6EUR/person [ Malpensa Express ]

Shuttle Near the airport
Took a taxi from outside Stazione Centrale to the Hotel [ Antares Ruebens – Via Reubens ] – 15mins / 17EUR. Note that if we knew better, we could have taken the metro right from Centrale to a station 200M away from hotel. But that’s for later

Hotel Antares Rubens

We checked in at 10AM [ good thing the room was available that early! ]. The hotel was wonderful, and the people friendly. We slept till 2PM as we were exhausted. Then went down to the street facing the hotel which was closed to cars [ Sunday fair ]. We had a couple of sandwiches [ Italian sausage and some kind of kabab ] for 3EUR/person + drinks, that was really good.

We took a bus to Duomo [ tickets for 2EUR/person ]. It was great, so many people. Singing and dancing on the streets. We took some great pictures of the Duomo itself. The shops all along the street were inticing, the Milano fashion everywhere. We spent some quality time at the Ferrari shop.

Band playing in Milano strt.

And, the most important time of each day: we had some gelati [ 2.5EUR/person ] but worth every cent! On our way back, we passed by a small coffee shop facing the hotel. I had an espresso, and Paypouy a cappuccino [ 2EUR ], yummy says Paypouy.

Gelati Milano

Went back to the hotel, showered and decided to go check the metro to make sure we know how to reach Centrale FS [ train station ], our departure point to Venice next day. The trip was un-eventful. We did discover the metro though! [ 1EUR/ticket/person ]

Centrale FS

At 21:00, we were still near the Centrale FS, playing around the strange looking statues in piazza in front of the train station. We walked around and found a restaurant called “Baita”. We had a Pesto and a Carbonara. Both looked much different than what we were used to in Lebanon – delicious! Dinner cost 25EUR +2EUR tips.

Installation art near the Centrale FX Pesto Dish Carbonara Dish

We were told tips were not expected, so we didn’t go very generous there!

At 22:15 we were back at the hotel. Full, and tired. We went to sleep after watching some TV.

Wonderful first day. We decided we want to see more of Milano, maybe next time…

P & A

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