Things to see in Milan

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A bucket list must have.

My heart has never left Italy since that Rome trip. And it has definitely not been cured by the most recent one to Milan. I might just ramble on about how amazing its buildings, dishes and lifestyle are, but I will let the old saying “one picture means a thousand words” prove  my point.

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Duomo Cathedral

Now, I will just state, as I did in my Vienna post, that you need to book ahead if you want to avoid the queues. By the way, right near it is Royal Palace of Milan which holds various exhibitions.

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Castelo Sforzesco

I am a history lover and I ain’t gonna lie! But let’s be real for a second, who doesn’t love roman battles and intrigues?! Sforza family was one of the most influential ones back in the days and this magnificent building is a clear proof for it.

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II 

Even if Prada was never in your budget, a glance through this amazing establishment is a must.

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P.S: just try everything!

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What to do in Vienna

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Wien.

I believe that writing about the Viennese schnitzel  or the delicious pastry filled with apples, Apfelstrudel, won’t be any news for anyone so I will get straight to the point.

It is fairly simple to realize that I have a thing for architecture and I tend to write on and on about how much I appreciate it. But this Austrian city couldn’t be spared of my appreciation as it has all the baroque styles one must see.

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I will start by saying that the hotel I stayed at, Terminus, was right in the center and when I crossed the street I stopped and stared with my mouth open for a few minutes at Karlskirche. Embarrassing, I know. But Karlskirche, or St Charles Church, it can only be described as the definition of what baroque architecture was trying to be.

I mean… judge for yourself.

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If you’re a regular listener of classic music, or just think that Mozart is “cool”, might as well bring some fancy clothes and book tickets in advance (trust me!) for one amazing night at the opera house.
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Also, don’t forget to take a stroll through Belvedere’s amazing garden and enjoy for a moment or two the stunning view.

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Schonbrunn is again a place for a walk in its beautiful gardens that are so well kept. But at the same time you can buy tickets to visit the palace. The tickets are sold for some areas in particular, if one’s only interested in seeing just Sisi’s rooms, as well as for the whole palace. Inside there’s a Disney like world. It kind of reminded me of Beauty and the Beast’s final dance.

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Stephansplatz is made for the spenders. It has that Victor Emanuel galleria vibe, but in an open place, for the little shopaholic that hides inside of us. And if you’re feeling guilty, you can pray for your soul at the St. Stephen’s Church. Another baroque wonder.

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In the last couple of days the cloud gathered around for a noisy party, a great opportunity for the visitors to act like children and go to Prater park. Some sweet guilty pleasures have to be indulge, after all what we eat in abroad doesn’t count, right? 😀

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And as if that wasn’t enough, the fun ended with an amazing view over Danube.

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A trip to Prague

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A hidden gem.

Prague is one of those cities that one does not think of adding it on the top of the travel list. But it should be right there!

The former capital of Bohemia is by all means the perfect city. Not to mention that everything it was less cheaper that I expected. Which you know, is an important aspect when travelling.

I stayed at Tyl Hotel, which is quite close to the center and that I booked with only a month ahead. In many cases this will be a naughty thing to do, but not for Prague, apparently. Yet there are so many other reasons to just go for it.

First, the architecture lets you speechless.

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And is like that everywhere in the city.

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Second, there’s the old town, that is filled with people even on the week days. But even so I would still advice to avoid the weekends at all costs.

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Is definitely the place to be and daydream while drinking a glass of wine at one of the many restaurants available in the area.

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Third, while you’re in town, have a beer. Prague is famous for this alcoholic beverage and it doesn’t lack in the various types of beer. At the same time, it doesn’t lack in making you crave something sweet.

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Don’t worry about the calories, if you’re really into that. They can be easily burn while admiring the baroque architecture of Charles Bridge, that connects the Old Town and the Castle.

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Stop every now and again and enjoy the music, the painting of the street artists as well as the history of it.

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Last but not least, in case of major emergency during the summer, you can take a boat trip on Vltava.

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Love from Praha!