I never got tired of walking past Sforza Castle. It was like walking past the Duomo. Every time was like I was seeing it for the first time. It was just so big and impressive that every time I saw it, I was always in awe. I suppose if I lived in Milan I would fall into the same routine that I am in here in NYC of going to the same places and doing the same things, but I’ve always been a creature of habit. Routines make me feel better. Routines are comforting. Not that I’m totally opposed to doing different things every now and again. I usually only like routines when I’m in stressful situations like being anywhere in NYC or at work.
This was in a little park area a few blocks away from our hotel. It was very calm and pretty there and it usually had a few people sitting on the chairs and benches, enjoying the beautiful weather.
How cool is this cloud? I think this was the day that I came back from visiting Simona in Busto Arsizio. Esther noticed it. I was walking around with my head in the clouds. Get it? 😉 😆 I apologize. That was a truly terrible pun. It almost looks like a big fluffy mound of Cool Whip. (Vin, if you make a Family Guy comment I will drive to Michigan just to punch you. 😆 )
There were lots of interesting things to see around the castle.
There were statues.
My animal loving niece would love this picture. I saw at least three cats when Esther and I were walking around. They were so beautiful too, but in typical cat fashion just sat on rocks and look bored. This one kind of looks like my brother’s cat.
I can’t believe just how huge it is and this is only a small area of the castle.
Anywhere there are steps you can be sure of getting a couple of good “street style” shots.
I normally like to do things by myself but I’m really glad Esther was with me on this trip. I saw things I never would have seen if I had been alone, not just Venice but things like these next few pictures. I found the restaurant we ate at a few times, The Rocking Horse, when I was wandering around the night before Esther got there, but I never thought to go up the ramp that was across the street. Esther did one day and when we walked up there after dinner we saw this.
I love light up water fountains. I love the design of the whole thing. As you can see, there really isn’t a separation between the walkway and the fountain part so if you weren’t paying attention you might walk through the water.
Can I go back to Milan, please? True, the hotel was a bit pricey, but that was because of the location. It was only a 15 or 20 minute straight walk to the Duomo. There were other cheaper hotels in Milan but I passed by some of the them on the drive from the airport and they were basically in the middle of nowhere. You’d definitely need to take a car or some form of public transportation to get anywhere, whereas Esther and I were able to walk pretty much everywhere from where we were located.
I really wanted to look over the edge of this thing but I would have had to walk through water to see down. I didn’t want to do that because I didn’t know if I was allowed to, (I doubt I was), and also because I didn’t want my feet to get wet.
I took this picture with the Sony DSC RX100iii and I was super zoomed in so the quality isn’t that great. I’m referring to the blown out area on the bottom left. I’m big on architecture lately so I really like this shot. If it wasn’t for that annoying blown out area, which no amount of my fiddling with Photoshop could fix, I would have had this photo printed out to hang on my wall. Does anyone know what the name is of the building on the right? Is it a hotel? If it’s an apartment building I would love to see the people that live there. I’d imagine they’re all super trendy artists and models.
This was the first place where we stopped for aperitivo where I only was able to drink half of my spritz. I think this was taken after I decided that I was done. I was starting to feel a little buzzed at this point. As I’ve said before, I’m not a drinker. I hated that buzzed feeling. This place didn’t have a buffet, which made us a little disappointed. I’m not sure if aperitivo always includes a buffet but this place didn’t have one. At least we finally got to try those orange drinks we saw everyone drinking, day or night. No big deal about the buffet because the buffet at Vintage in the Navigli district was seriously awesome. It’s what started my zucchini obsession. Those zucchini fries were so delicious. Everything was delicious there.