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Milan, Italy - Day 4

Sunday, June 3, 2012 8:00 AM

Do I have a bug in my eye?

Oh shit, you do!

That is how we started out on day 4.  After breakfast we began our walk to the church, Santa Maria delle Grazie, to see the Last Supper.  About five minutes into the walk I saw, then felt something hit my eye.  Very strange experience and it took a couple of minutes to get the eye bugger out lol.  Anyway, back to the Last Supper.

The Last Supper
You have to get tickets typically months in advance if you would like to see the Last Supper.  They seem to only let fifteen to twenty viewers in per fifteen minute increment.  The 15th century mural created by Leonardo da Vinci is magnificent.  Neither my girlfriend or I imagined it was so large.  One thing I find odd in the mural is that everyone's hands are up, except Judas is going for a piece of bread and Peter, who is behind him, has a knife in his hand.

After seeing the Last Supper we went into the church.  When I was about half way through checking the place out, my girlfriend comes in wearing a weird jacket.  Apparently a monk or whatever he was kicked her out.  Apparently Jess is a complete heathen showing some shoulder.  She will be going straight to hell.  Because she was wearing a tank-top they booted her out.  They wouldn't even let her go tell me she was being kicked out or come tell me themselves.  Jess ended up borrowing a jacket from a recovering drug addict who was outside working a table seeking donations for a recovery center.

Castello Sforzesco
Once we got over her eviction from the church we headed to the Castello Sforzesco, which is a castle that used to be the residence of the Duke of Milan and is one of the biggest citadels in Europe.  The place was really amazing and housed several museums that we took a few hours to explore.  In the rear of the castle was the Parco Sempione which is a beautiful park that is almost a scaled down equivalent to Central Park in Manhattan.  At the opposite end from the castle is the Arco Della Pace which is a cool looking arch.

Arco Della Pace
 I'm seriously not used to walking so much.  We decided to take the metro to the Duomo hoping to take it all in.  After waiting on a line to purchase tickets to go to the top of the Duomo, we were told that it was closed for the day and will open again on Monday.  This isn't a good sign considering it is supposed to rain all day on Monday and we leave on Tuesday.  We decided to get lunch at a place recommended by Jess's boss which sits over the museum we went to the day before and has a great view of the Duomo.  The food was perhaps the best we've had so far.  Jess had risotto and I had ravioli.  While we were eating we saw that they were letting people into the cathedral portion of the Duomo so when we were done eating we headed to the line. 

Duomo
Jess was told she couldn't enter.  So not only was she booted out of the church that housed the Last Supper, but she was prevented from entering the world's third largest cathedral.  She was on a roll.  We headed to H&M to purchase a shirt that covered every part of her and got back on the line.  At least we saw other people being turned away.  All those very fashionably dressed girls wearing dresses were turned away.  They could have told people as they got on line instead of letting people get all the way to the front and then told they couldn't enter.

The inside was crazy huge.  The place is definitely worth seeing if you ever go to Milan.  They did have creepy glass crypts with the corpses of prominent religious figures.  Nothing like seeing a corpse that has been dead for several hundred years with hair still on it and shriveled up fingers in a sealed glass container.  So I took a few pictures.  Don't judge.

One of Several Creepy Corpses
 Back to the metro after the Duomo.  Their metro really is nice. I especially like their turn styles.  Instead of swiping a card, you feed it into a reader and it pops out a foot away.  I'm always having issues on the NYC subway with the card reader not reading the card.  They also have televisions down there on the platforms and the train cars are all connected.  There are no doors between cars.

Once back in the hotel room we took a nap and woke up around 8:30 for dinner.  We went to a local restaurant and had a calzone which was excellent.  After we headed out to a nearby club and didn't get home until around 5 a.m. 

Us Inside the Duomo

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