Milan travel – 2013 (update)

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  1. Hard Edges
  2. Plan
  3. Google maps
  4. “Best of Milan + Last Supper” tour
  5. Tiemout.com – 20 Great Things to do in Milan (with my comments)
  6. Bob Dylan concert
  7. Churches & Palaces
  8. Museums & selected artwork

Hard Edges:

  • Destination: Milan – Italy
  • Time: arrive @ Hotel; Friday around 14:00 – November 01, leave Monday from Hotel around 1030
  • Hotel: = Hotel XXII Marzo
  • Main focus: Walking around, Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, Bob Dylan concert, Football match, Brera Art Gallery, Sforza Castle, food & wine, +++
  • Social circumstances: Group of ~7 people traveling together.
  • Guide & Tours: Dark Rome tours

Plan:

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Venice 2012 – Summary

My planning article -> Venice 2012 planning

The trip went very much according to the plan.. except the lunch places & Scuola Grande di San Rocco was closed when we were in the neighborhood.

In short: Great city, but my Italian heart is in Tuscany (and Rome). I will probably not return.. all my upcoming trips to Italy will probably focus on Tuscany.

My 5 Highlights (random order):

  • Walking around in the city
  • St. Mark’s museum – the  Bronze Horses & View of the Piazza
  • Frari church – Titian: The Assumption of the Virgin
  • San Zaccaria church – Bellini: Madonna Enthroned with Child and Saints” (altarpiece)
  • Gallerie dell’Accademia – Veronese: The Feast in the House of Levi

My ratings:

  • Fun: 4/5
  • Art: 4/5
  • Music: –
  • walking around: 5/5
  • Hotel: 4/5 (mainly because of location, otherwise.. lower)
  • overall   4
Some more pictures:

Habit #2 – Choose experiences over material goods

I know that for some people this might not be the right way towards more happiness, but for most of us…. it is.

Here is a quote from a great book (see books section):

Want to buy happiness? Then spend you hard-earned cash on experiences. Go out for a meal. Go to a concert, movie, or the theater. Go on vacation. Go and learn how to pole dance. Go play paintball. Go bungee jumping. In fact, get involved in anything that provides an opportunity to do things with others, and tell even more people about it afterward. When it comes to happiness, remember, it is experiences that represent really good value for the money.
Richard Wiseman – 59 Seconds Think a Little, Change a Lot

Richard Wiseman base all his advice on (usually numerous) studies..

My favorite experiences are travel, concerts & visiting great museums/buildings (all easily combined).

This Habit has many spin-off habits involving: Journaling, systematic reflection & review time, Simple living, and more…. I will come back to all of them on later posts.

Let’s enjoy one of George Carlin’s best…. STUFF:

 

Venice – 2012

  1. Hard Edges
  2. Plan
  3. Museum – Gallerie dell’Accademia
  4. Churches
  5. Architecture / Palaces

 

Hard Edges:

  • Destination: Venice – Italy
  • Time: arrive @ Hotel Thursday around 14:30 – April 19, leave Sunday from Hotel around 1230
  • Hotel: = Splendid Venice
  • Main focus: Walking around, St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge, Accademia, Frari Church.. great fun, great food  & wine.
  • Social circumstances: Group of ~30 people traveling together.
  • Guide & Tours: Walks of Italy

 

Plan:

Thursday:
~1430 – @ Splendid Venice Hotel
~1500 – Welcome to Venice mini tour by myself (Rialto Bridge & St. Mark’s Square)
~1600 – Snack & wine @ Gran Caffè Quadri – St. Mark’s Square
Menu -> Gran Caffe Quadri menu
~1700 – Church of San Zaccaria
~1930 – Dinner @ Restaurant Terrazza Danieli

Friday:
0800 – Rise & shine, juice, coffee
0900 – Breakfast @ Hotel
1000 – “Venice City Stroll – Famous Canals, Bridges & Palaces”
~1300 – Frari Church
~1400 – lunch @ Venice Restaurant Impronta Cafe
~1500 – Scuola Grande di San Rocco
1930 – Dinner @  Le Maschere (Hotel Resturant)

Saturday:
0800 – Rise & shine, juice, coffee
0900 – Breakfast @ Hotel
1000 – “Legendary Venice – St. Mark’s Basilica & The Doge’s Palace
~1300 – drinks @ Caffè Florian – St. Mark’s Square
~1400 – Lunch @ Pizzeria Accademia
~1500 – Accademia Museum
1930 – Dinner @ Ristorante Ai Due Vescovi  

Sunday:
0900 – Rise & shine, juice, coffee
0930 –  Breakfast @ Hotel
1000 – walk around
1230 – Leaving from Hotel

Google map -> Venice 2012

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