Travel Tips?

First off before I get to my news and question for my friends in bloggy world I want to thank you for all your kind thoughts about my state of mind this last week. The blur has lifted and things have cleared up nicely in my outlook. God is good, all the time.

Some trips have been added to my calendar for the winter months and that’s where I would love some suggestions from you. In March during my birthday week Dear has a conference to attend in Milan, Italy. Since it falls during my birthday we decided I should tag along and take advantage of a free hotel room. His company booked his ticket and we booked mine on the same flights sitting together. Woohoo!

By the way this photo is not from Milan or Europe at all but from our own National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Since I’ve never been to the mainland of Europe (only Great Britain), I didn’t have any of my own photos of Milan to show you…yet!

So…have any of you ever been in Milan or in Italy? If you have would you be so kind as to offer suggestions of things I shouldn’t miss while there. I’m not a fashion guru so I won’t be spending a lot of time with what Milan is known for but I’ve already seen some beautiful images of the Milan Cathedral and am really looking forward to visiting it with my camera. As usual on these trips most of the time I’ll be on my own.

We’ll be there in the middle of March and fly home on the first day of Spring.

Women’s Bible study started up again this week and it was good to be back with the ladies in my group. Thursday night our small group is going to help prepare a meal and deliver and serve it to some Homeless folks in downtown Seattle. The coming weekend looks free. How are things in your world?

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

16 thoughts on “Travel Tips?

  1. Hello from Zurich – I live just a 3 1/2 hour train ride from Milan. Ironically I will be in Washington State (Seattle and B’ham) and then Anchorage the week that you are in Italy. Otherwise I would invite myself to come and meet you in person and have lunch.

    Will you and your husband have time before or after his business commitments to spend a day elsewhere? I recommend Lake Como – it is fairly close by train and so beautiful. Menaggio, Bellagio, Varena – these are all lovely towns accessible by ferry boats.

    I’ve only been in Milan to change trains, but of course you’ll want to see the Duomo, the Opera House, The Last Supper … and it’s always fun to wander the streets of the old town. Be careful to keep your pocketbook close, but that is good advice anywhere.

    I read a book by Alice Steinbach called “Without Reservations” and she spent some time in Milan — she described it as being very enjoyable. I really like both books by Ms. Steinbach (the other is called “Educating Alice” – as they describe her travels as a woman on her own. Perhaps they have these books in you library.

    Sorry, this is a book! Enjoy 🙂 Can’t wait to read all about your trip.

    • Oh phooey! It would have been great to meet for lunch Susan!! Thanks so much for these tips. I’m going to check my library and see if I can check out these books! I was also thinking about signing up for a day trip out of Milan to Lake Como once I get to Milan…

      • I am glad to read in the comment below about getting travel tips from Rick Steves. He is the Patron Saint of travelers here and everywhere – I see his books a LOT in my travels in Europe, and it’s no surprise – he gives great information.

        Lake Como would make a great day trip — and likely the weather will be mild in March, at least I hope so. No matter what, you will have a wonderful time.

        Food tip: Polenta Milanese style is very yummy, as is their risotto (another local specialty, or so I’ve been told 🙂

  2. Oh Ellen – that trip sounds wonderful!!! I have not been to Milan but to some other parts of Italy – you will LOVE it!!! Our abosulute favourite travel guide lives in your fair city of Seattle I beleive – RICK STEVES!!! Be sure to get a Rick Steves Travel Guide that includes Milan, Italy and go and do what he says to! We’ve been on two Rick Steves tours – 21 Day through the Back Door of Europe and the Spain and Portugal tour – both excellent. We used his guide book on our own for the trip to Ireland – also full of suggestions and great tips.
    Another tip is to use Trip Advisor while there to check out restaurants etc. We were never disappointed with their reviews and suggestions! Oh, and be sure to eat as much Gelato as you can!!! Hope this helps. Can I come too???

    • Rosella, I’ve already signed up for a seminar on Italy with Rick Steve’s travel group in Edmonds. I was also going to stop in his travel store before we go. We’ve really relied on his books in the past, too.

  3. We spent two days there on a side trip when we went to Switzerland. I really wished we could have taken the cathedral tour instead of just walking through. The nearby castle/fortress got a visit from us on both days! Even though you aren’t into fashion, the galleria is a five minute walk from the cathedral and window shopping is great fun.
    A train ride to Lake Como…we choo choo’d right past it and wished we could have stopped.

    Don’t know how long you will be there but do take a look at day trips via train into Switzerland or other places. I’ll send you a link to my blog post about our Milan trip. Btw..millinery gets its name from was the capital of millinery for centuries.

  4. Glad you are back on track…and that the haze has lifted. Looks like you have an exciting event to look forward to in your European visits. All I can say, that I can still smell the leather products that are fashionable, good quality and inexpensive.

  5. I can’t help, but I am so excited for you! I hope to visit Europe one day, but I think I will have to find a traveling buddy. My Hubby is not interested! 🙂

  6. I’m so excited for you. I LOVED my summers abroad during my high school years. It has been far too long since I was last in Italy but I’m sure you will find much to take in. I look forward to what you find! Glad He has lifted your head…to gaze on Him….all is well, tucked into the embrace of His arm, listening to the sound of His heart while He holds us close.

  7. I’m excited with you! I have no tips since I have never been to Italy…but it sounds like you are getting lots of suggestions…and taking advice from the pro’s (Rick Steves).

  8. I think you’re going to have a fabulous trip! I’ve only been in Rome overnight, but my brother and SIL traveled Italy for a month or so last year. They’d tell you to enjoy the gelato, and I think the cathedrals would be the first places I’d want to see. I’m sure you’ll do very well with your sightseeing.

  9. It will be wonderful! it’s been many years since I was in Milan, so won’t offer advice apart from – do a tiny bit of shopping because you won’t find lovelier leather goods and shoes anywhere!

  10. Not sure of Italian geography but we enjoyed our visit to Venice and Florence. Lots of museums of course and wonderful food. I’m sure you won’t be short of exciting places to visit. Don’t forget the gelato!

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