City Escape: Milan


Ten minutes walking. That’s what everyone says when you ask for directions in Italy. After our first week in country it became a running joke.

In MILAN, with its cobblestone, teeny-tiny side streets, I couldn’t get anywhere in 10 minutes due to whiplash. The street style fashions were so off-the-charts fantastic that I could not walk more than two steps without saying, “So chic!”, “I love that!”.

But, I, lover of fashion was most impressed with the Milanese women and their mastery of the high heel.

I’ve been wearing high heels my entire life, I’m almost certain I wore them everyday senior year high school, but I could not for the life of me balance on Milan’s cobblestone streets. I watched in wonderment as the Italian women gracefully maneuvered Montenapoleone and Sant’Andrea teetering on beautifully constructed, but challenging shoes. My girlfriends and I refer to beautifully constructed high heels as “car shoes” because you wear them only when you are absolutely certain you are going from your car to a waiting seat inside with a guaranteed minimum time standing.

So, eschewing all logic, I tiptoed through the cobblestones and managed to shred the heels on two pairs of shoes!

However, there was one architectural marvel less than 10 minutes from our hotel and to get some culture in I walked over to see it. The Duomo is a Roman Catholic gothic cathedral and the pride of Milan along with La Scala and Davinci’s The Last Supper. The 4th largest church in the world and rich in architectural detail and history, the Duomo is a definite must-see when you visit Milan.








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    Sherry says:
    July 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Wow, what beautiful pictures. I am sure you absorbed it all. The women in Milan are use to walking on the cobblestones. They have practiced for years.