Monday, October 27, 2008
The Duomo by night is gorgeous. It is the 3rd largest church in the world and boasts more than 3400 statues, 135 spires, and 96 gargoyles.
Sunday I woke up early...really early given that we turned the clocks back that night. I headed out to the Castello Sforzesco and enjoyed the fall colors and smells in the gardens.
Then it was off to the Navigli district where I was plesantly surprised by the largest flea market I have ever scene. I hunted through piles of stones to get some great necklaces as well as a vintage winter coat. I know, I know..I don't need anymore winter coats, but I couldn't help myself!
I checked out of my hotel, turned in the bike, and explored the rest of the city by foot. I happened upon a park where lots of locals were watching their dogs...so I got a cappachino, sat down, and made some new four legged friends.Later I did some window shopping on Corso MonteNapoleone where the new designer fashions are unveiled and just enjoying wantering through the streets. I am a big fan of Milan, which I really wasn't expecting.
For all the pics from Italy, click here.
I was in Genoa for a short work trip and stayed through Saturday night. Days again were filled with workshops and post-its. Kati, Rasmus, and I went to a great restaurant (da Rina) where the maitre d' treated us to magic shows.On Friday night I met up with Marco, a friend of Cecila's from when she studied there for a year. He picked me up via scooter and then we walked through the historic district where Marco taught me a lot about Genoa's history...different epochs of design, unfinished churches due to lack of funding, etc.On Saturday moring we met again and cruised up and down the coast via scooter visiting little fishing villages.We also went to a chocolate factory on a tiny side street in Genoa. The wicker baskets stacked on the left are different chocolates.Saturday afternoon I was off to Serravalle, an outlet mall that several collegues had told me about. My best find...a pair of black leather Salvadore Ferragamo boots...originally 430Euros...sale 77Euros!! Then it was back to Genoa to pick up my bags and catch the train to Milan.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Oh yeah...and the complimentary Friday massage at the office!
Overall it was a fantastic trip...great people, great weather, great food, lots accomplished at work, and many friendships made and strengthened. For all my photos, click here!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Katie kicked the night off with appitizers...which included a delicious dish made with haggis! Katie is Scotish - obviously...who else would have a recipie for haggis?? If you don't know what haggis is DO NOT look it up...if you do, I swear it was really good!
Then it was to my house for dinner. I made salad, bread, and two kinds of baked ziti. I still don't quite see how 22...actually 23 because my neighbor joined us...people fit, rather comfortably, into my apartment.Claus and I know how much Mattias loves his frilly drinks so we made him a special cocktail!Time for dinner!!
We recently had a contest in Centre Sales to see who could guess how many nationalities are represented...25! Well, 12 of those are from my department...Danish, Polish, Romanian, Indian, Chinese, Australian, Scotish, Italian, Indonesian, French, Colombian, and American.Next stop was Claudiu and Janina's mansion for desert! Janina had this rock-like looking thing that when you poured hot water over it, blossomed into a flower and green tea.
Then it was off to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese for beers. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is one of the oldest pubs in London...and survived the great London fire. It was home to a lot of the greats...Dickens, Yeats, etc.
Thursday night was the "main event" - a real live Plumtucker concert! I haven't seen David play since Shorty's at WFU and he was absolutely amazing!
It was a night of me and the Texans (all too familiar for me!)...Julie Wareing Aldrich lives in London as does Shannon Watkins Catlettt. Leslie Overstreet was in London for a wedding (congrats Melanie!) and Thursday was her only free night!
I should be used to this by now, but it always amazes me how quickly things fall into place when you see old friends. I had not seen Shannon since she graduated in 2000, Julie since her wedding about 4 yrs ago, David since Brooke and Lee's wedding 2 yrs ago, and Les I had seen when she came to visit a year ago.