Originally this was going to be the last Italy post, but there would have been too many pictures so I decided to break it into two, so Monday with be the last Italy post. I went out for aperitivo a few nights (I’m a big fan of that) and I made it a point to go to this place called Manhattan in the Navigli District. Esther and I went there last year but their aperitivo didn’t start for another hour so we wound up going to a place called Vintage instead.
I was really just adjusting my settings for the changing light, but wound up really liking this picture. This was when I was on my way to the Navigli District. The weather was beautiful that week and there were plenty of people outside, hanging out with friends on the grass, children playing, riding bikes, etc.
The beauty of the canals makes you see why so many people come here for aperitivo. You can eat inside or outside, but of course most people choose outside. When I went to Manhattan, the guy sat me inside because there weren’t that many seats left outside. He asked me at least three times in a row if I was by myself. I felt like when you take a test in school and the same question is stated in a different way on a different page of the test. Finally I just had to say to him, “Yes. Just me. By myself. Alone.” I laughed about it after I sat down, but being anywhere (not necessarily in Italy because I run into it here in the States, too) by yourself is met with disbelief. I like being by myself. I’m not against traveling with or hanging out with someone else but it isn’t a requirement for me to go out and do things that I want to do. When I went to Vintage, one hostess sat me at a table outside, but then as soon as I sat down another hostess moved me to a spot between two different tables that was so wedged in that I kept bumping their tables when I got up and then came back from the buffet. 😆
Taking a walk after piling your plate high with delicious food and a banging mixed drink is a good way to burn off all those calories. From what I understand, aperitivo is only supposed to be like an appetizer before you eat your actual dinner. With that huge buffet, no matter how little you take, your plate will still be full. I wonder about the people who live in these apartments. What do they do for a living? Are those apartments expensive? Imagine having this view whenever you look outside of your window. I could definitely live with that.
Walking around Milan at night, even after midnight, I never felt unsafe. For one thing, there were always so many people around, even during weekdays. For another, you know when you just feel safe? That’s how I felt. I don’t even feel that way in my own neighborhood after it gets dark. I don’t even feel that way in highly populated areas in NYC such as Union Square, etc.
Whenever I would walk past this billboard in the daytime I didn’t really look twice at it. At night, with the trees and the lights shining on it, it looks pretty impressive. The importance of good lighting, right?
Of course I had to go back to the light up fountain at Piazza Gae Aulenti. I went there so many times during my stay in Milan. It’s one of my favorite places. So beautiful in both the day and at night, enough people so that you don’t feel totally isolated, different types of shops, etc. I even found an Italian translation of Pride and Prejudice which I bought as both a souvenir and to help me with my Italian, since I already have Pride and Prejudice in English. Sometimes I’d go there just to sit and people watch. It’s a very peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
This shot is super grainy but I actually was taking pictures around the Duomo and I noticed these people after I took a picture. The picture wasn’t anything I’d want to keep so I cropped most of it out, and as you can see, I had to crop a lot because they were so far away from me. It’s times like these that I’m glad that I have a camera with 42 megapixels. When you have to do a lot of cropping, your pictures don’t lose too much in the way of image quality. Considering just how far these people were from me, I think it turned out pretty good. As for the pose, I get wanting to have a nice background for your pictures (Simona is really good at finding nice backgrounds), but I’m not sitting on the ground for anything, not even in Milan which is much cleaner (in my experience) than NYC.
I don’t know whether to be amused or worried. I hope she didn’t plan on drinking that entire bottle by herself. (This wasn’t taken from far away. It was a combination of the wrong camera settings and shit lighting. But some of my favorite pictures from other photographers aren’t tack sharp, or even sharp at all. Some photographers are really skilled at making grainy on purpose pictures tell a story. I know I need to stop being so focused on sharpness.)
I loved walking by Sforza Castle, even at night. I was cutting through the park to get back to the hotel one night and even though there were plenty of street lights, it was still getting dark fast, which made me nervous. I didn’t feel unsafe, but as I’ve mentioned before, I hate the dark. I was just about to pack it in and continue on to the hotel when these lights came on and the castle was lit up in green and red lights. It was like an unspoken wish come true.