It’s great to be back in Italy.  I love the people, the language and most of all the food.  The Italians really know how to live well.  This is my third time visiting the country, and I’m excited to revisit the some of the places where I’ve been before.

Milan was the first stop, where we arrived just in time for my cousin Giovanni’s birthday.  We went to the local “American Bar” where we met many of his friends, most of whom speak English quite well.  I was curious about how the ban on smoking had played out in Italy.  Bars now exist outside; at one point, Courtney asked me if I wanted to go “inside” for some fresh air.

We spent the next day exploring Milan, seeing the Duomo and window shopping in some stores that would eliminate my entire budget for this trip with a single purchase.  We also had panzerotti for lunch, essentially fried dough (of the variety that you top with powdered sugar) with a savoury filling.  Healthy, not so much, but oh so delicious.

Part of the fun of being back in Italy is the fact that every meal is an event.  In Milan, the city is famous for its aperitivo.  Around 6:30, bars will set up an assortment of typical Italian fare including bruschetta, olives, and mozzarella cheese, prosciutto, etc.  This buffet is included with the purchase of a drink.  Though one could make a meal of aperitivo, this is just the beginning.  Around 8:30 or 9 it is time to move on for dinner at a restaurant or someone’s home.

We set off for Lucca via Viareggio on Thursday morning.

6 Responses to “Milano”

  1. Joan and Ed Says:

    Hi Ed,

    As always, we enjoy reading your blog. Sounds like all is going well. Love to all the cousins.

    Dad and Mom

  2. Aunt Judy Says:

    You go, Edward & Courtney…I’m living vicariously through you!!

  3. woody Says:

    Hey guys,

    Just wanted to say thanks for hooking me up with a place to stay while i was in London. It was good to see you guys again. Ed, you still snore as loud as a chainsaw so it was good to see you haven’t changed. I really do admire Courtney for putting up with that. I hope you guys have a great trip!


  4. Nic Says:

    Hey Guys!

    Love your blog…can’t wait for the next entry! (We need more pictures.) Everyone on the elbow sends their love.

    ps. still no haircut!

  5. Adam Kacamburas Says:

    EDDDDDDDDDDDDDIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEE! Sounds like a blast pal. Keep us all informed so that we can be jealous.


  6. Ed Says:


    Let it be know that it was yourself who was “snoring like a chain saw.” There were a few witnesses that can vouch for that…

    Hope all is well. Give my best to the fam

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