Christmas in Milan, part 1: The city

Since our very first year together, my boyfriend and I have developed a sort of tradition that for every New Year’s Eve we travel to a new country (so far we’ve done Slovenia, Ireland and Estonia). This year, however, we were a little short of money, so we settled down for visiting Milan, where we could stay at my grandaunt’s flat, which is only a couple of hours away from where I live.

I had of course been to the city several times before, nonetheless it was exciting to be in such an international Fashion capital at one of the busiest times of the year.

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The Dome was spectacular as usual, it is definitely one of my favourite buildings and it is always a pleasure to see it standing in all its glory in the middle of the huge square, Piazza Duomo. Especially now that it was faced by an almost-equally-tall Christmas tree!

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Of course, we couldn’t miss taking a walk down Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, house of many luxury retailers, cafés and restaurants, including Prada’s flagship store. It has some of Milan’s oldest shops and it is considered one of the oldest shopping malls in the world.

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The Swarovski Christmas tree glimmering with thousands of Swarovski stars.

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I will post some more images later with some very creative window displays and some shots of La Rinascente, Milan’s luxury retailer and upscale department store!

Hundertwasser Haus

The colorfully decorated exterior façade of Hundertwasser House draws attention to itself almost magically. Anyone who lives in the Hundertwasser House also has the right to decorate the façade around the windows entirely to their own taste. More than 200 trees and shrubs on the balconies and roof terraces make the Hundertwasserhaus a green oasis in the heart of the city.

[Excerpt from Wien.info. Read more on Wikipedia]

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