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Majestic Milan

Arriving into Milan Central railway station you immediately know that you have entered a most elegant  European city.  Modeled after Union Station in Washington, DC the impressive Milano Centrale station was completed in 1931.  Adorned with numerous sculptures, this grand stone structure has no particular architectural style.

Milan, Italy train station

Detail of Milan Italy train station

The city’s principal landmark, the Milan Cathedral or Duomo di Milano, prevails as a Gothic masterpiece. Soaring over the piazza that bears it’s name, the Duomo, took six centuries to complete and even today is in a constant state of refurbishment and repair.

Duomo di Mlano

The second largest Italian church with a nave height of the nave of over 147 feet, it boasts the highest Gothic vaults of a complete church in the world.

Milan Cathedral interior

Duomo di Milano interior

A profusion of carved statues, stained glass and marble adorn The Altar of San Giovanni Buono, a 7th Century bishop in Milan.

Altar of San Giovanni Buono, Milan Cathedral

Sharing space on the Piazza del Duomo find the shopping arcade known Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.   Pass though the magnificent triumphal arch to a glass covered shopping and dining promenade.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Built in the 15th century on the remains of a 14th Century fortification, the  Castello Sforzesco, was renovated and enlarged in the 16th and 17th Centuries, making it one of the largest castles in Europe.

Sforza Castle Milan

Away from the bustle of the main tourist areas, find the lovely Brera district of Milan.  This upscale residential area is comprised of beautiful town homes, shopping and dining.

Brera district Milan

Nestled in the Brera neighborhood, on the Piazza del Carmine, find The Church of Santa Maria del Carmine.  The church structure was completed in 1446 while the Baroque style facade was added in the 17th Century.

Santa Maria del Carmine

While in Italy, I discovered my new favorite cocktail, the electric orange Aperol Spritz.

Aperol Spriz

Combine 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, and 1 splash soda on the rocks.  Garnish with an orange slice.   Molto Bene!

Mr. H says: Do your heart a favor an travel-Enjoy!

Eating and Drinking in Scotland

Scotland’s dining scene has evolved thankfully beyond haggis (although it appears on most pub menus) to include hot culinary terms such as eclectic and fusion.   Interiors appear brighter without losing their intimate feel.  Here are a few that we thoroughly enjoyed.

Find a fresh take on traditional Scottish food at WHISKI Bar and Restaurant 119 High Street, Edinburgh.  Using fresh local produce and meats, this eclectic dining spot has over 300 malt whiskies.

Whiski Bar Edinburgh


The Royal Mile’s oldest tavern, The White Horse Bar 266 Canongate, Edinburgh serves up savory beef pies in this airy pub.

The White Horse Bar Edinburgh

The White Horse Bar is also a favorite haunt of Copper the Cannongate Cat

Copper the Cannongate Cat

Up the coast, charming Aberdeen offers many dining options.  The cozy Cafe 52, located on the green in the center of town, boasts a global menu for serious foodies.

Cafe 52 Aberdeen

In Glasgow, we sampled the famous macaroni and cheese at Sloans, the oldest pub in town. 108 Argyle Street, Glasgow

Sloans Bar and Restaurant Glasgow

It my be difficult to select just one wee dram from the hundreds of malt whiskies on display at The Pot Still 154 Hope Street, Glasgow

The Pot Still Glasgow

Take a break from fish an chips at Opium, an Asian fusion oriental restaurant, which features traditional Dim Sum and fusion dishes.  The restaurant’s sleek, modern vibe transports diners to another city. 191 Hope Street, Glasgow

Opium Asian Fusion Glasgow Scotland

Mr. H says: Shared dining fortifies us-Enjoy!