Monday, October 18, 2010


Monday, October 18th

Jeff started training and they had a guide and two ladies from Spirax Sarco that were our companions.  We went to the Duomo and climbed the stairs to the top and walked around up there.  Also went to the La Scala Theatre and to the Gallerie.  Across the street from the Duomo is the galleria were all the famous shops are...Prada, Louis Vitton, and Gucci...etc.  The Prince Di ring was bought at one of the stores.  We had lunch outside on top of the restaurant of the huge department store like Harrods’s in London called la Rinascente across from the Duome.  It was like sitting across from the temple at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. 

In front of Prada
La Scala

Lunch outside at la Rinascente

Monday night we had a big dinner at the Restauante de berti to welcome took about 3 hours...course after course and Jeff and I sat across from the Pres. of Spirex Sarco of Italy and another guy that was high up.  We had some real interesting conversations.  The people here have been incredible to us.  They have wined and dined us all day.

Tuesday, October 19th

They had a lady from Spirax Sarco named Nadia take us around the city for shopping. She showed and explained all about the Fashion Designers and showed us the Golden Quad where Armani and Prada etc have their design houses and the private parties etc during the Fashion shows and all the VIP's come.  They took us to lunch for pizza and the waiter was what you always picture in your mind a true handsome older Italian with bright blue eyes.  It was a fun. We had gelato after at store called Grom....yummy.

The Fashion Windows...
The Pasta...

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The Ladies in our Group

Tuesday night the six of us from VBFA went on the metro down by the Duomo to a local Italian restaurant where the locals go and when Jeff asked them for a menu in English the older Italian just rolled his eyes at us.  That was the fastest dinner we had…they wanted us out of there quick…since didn’t speak Italian.  We walked over and took some really neat pictures of the Duomo at night.
Thursday, October 21st

The man went back to training and we got to take a guided tour of the city sights and even got to see the Last Supper at the Santa Maria delle Grazie.  It takes months to get tickets to see it.  They only allow 25 people in the room at a time now and for only 15 minutes at a time.  It was absolutely incredible to see…it was truly priceless.  I feel very fortunate to have seen it.  We also saw the Castello Sforzesco, the La Scala and the Duomo.  That night we had the farewell dinner at Al Cantinoani downtown Milan with the Spirax Sarco group, another extremely nice dinner.

Castello Sforzesco

The Last was my favorite thing to see in Milan by far.

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