2019-10-14 Hasdrubal Thalassa & Spa, Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia, Africa to Uptown Palace Hotel, Milan, Italy

After 8 relaxing days staying at the Hasdrubal Thalassa & Spa Hotel this morning we finally depart for Milan
An hour after our departure from the hotel we arrive by taxi at the Tunis Airport
On time our flight boarded at 10.30am
At 11am we were in the air flying north to Milan
As we flew over north west Corsica we looked down over the neat farming land east of Saint Florent where we have visited a few times in the past
Soon we were landing at Milan Malpensa Airport after a 2 hour and 50 minute flight from Tunisia
On our way to the city we spotted this fabulous eco friendly green apartment block
We decided to have a night in Milan before leaving Europe and flying to the Philippines
Accommodation for the night was booked at the Uptown Palace Hotel which appeared to be well situated in central Milan
The rooms were modern and well appointed
After briefly freshening up we decide to make the most of our limited time in Milan
As we prepare to leave, a hop on hop off bus arrives at the entrance to our hotel. To save time we decide to hop aboard
Although we have spent quite a bit of time in Milan in previous visits to Italy, it was nice to be driven around some of the many sights again
A controversial statue of Giuseppe Missori with his unusually tired looking horse in Piazza Missori
Arriving at the magnificent Duomo di Milano we decide to get off the bus
We are getting better with the selfies on my big camera!!
In Piazza del Duomo, opposite the magnificent Duomo di Milano stands a large monument dedicated to King Victor Emmanuel 11, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy
Duomo di Milano, the massive Gothic Cathedral is 108 m high and holds a capacity of 40,000 people
Situated nearby is the very busy Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Shopping Mall which was built in the late 1800’s (1865-1877)
The Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II is Italy’s oldest active shopping mall and a major landmark of Milan. Housed within a four-story double arcade in the center of town, the Galleria is named after Victor Emmanuel II
There are a lot of tourists and visitors to the stunning Cathedral today
On foot we leave the busy Piazza
We enter the Palazzo di Brera which was built on the remains of a 14th century monastery. It is home to well-known institutions such as the Academy of Fine Arts and the Pinacoteca di Brera
Unfortunately because of our late arrival to Milan the Palazzo di Brera was closing as we arrived
One of the many fine delicatessens in Milan
We return to the Duomo to capture the fading afternoon light
We were lucky enough to get a table with one of the most spectacular vistas in Milan
It had been a long day so far, travelling from Tunisia and then doing some sightseeing. We decide it was time to have a glass of wine and a snack before dinner
By 7.30pm it was time to go to dinner – Nabucco looked nice and the staff we very welcoming
We order a nice bottle of Italian red wine for our last night in Italy
We also decide to order one of our favourite Italian dishes, pasta with lobster, which was superb
We share a delicious chocolate dessert

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