GESSOPALENA – Day One

I left Milano early in the morning, catching a train to Roma, where my friend, Giovanna, was going to meet me at the train station (Termini).  Once I arrived in Roma, we immediately hopped into her aunt Neda’s car, and began a journey which I can only describe as incredible!  We were heading for the…

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MILANO – FALL 2017 – Pt 2

The Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli is the oldest city park in Milano.  It is named after the journalist/writer Indro Montanelli, who used to spend his mornings there.  I love wandering around this park.  Walking along the pathways, one encounters art, waterfalls, monuments — all in a peaceful, green setting, far removed from the bustling city…

MILANO – FALL 2017 – pt 1

I booked a hotel room through Booking.com, at the Hotel Auriga, as it was close to Milano’s central train station.  While I usually opt for apartments over hotel rooms, I was only staying in Milano for one night, and so, the most important thing for me was to be close to the train station, which…

VARESE – DAY 3 – Pt 2

I stumbled upon this little art-filled garden, and was immediately charmed by what I saw.  The purpose of art should be to make the viewer feel something, and this art simply made me feel good!  I loved it!There seemed to be quite a lot happening in the city on this lovely Sunday.  I even found…

VARESE – DAY 3 – pt 1

I had one more day left in Varese, and quite a few items left on my “to do” list.  So, it being a beautiful day, I set out right after breakfast to begin exploring.I was heading to the north part of the city, to visit a villa/park that I had read about.  This area is,…