postcards from navigli, milano

postcards from navigli, milano

Navigli at night

 

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Navigli means “canals” in Italian. There are two main canals remaining in Milano: Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese, which form an upside-down V shape on a map. The Navigli neighborhood is where I called home. It is a charming area full of unpretentious cafés, boutiques, and bars, and is a hotspot for starting the weekend off with an aperitivo. I like it during the day more, because it is quiet and unassuming, and there are plenty of vintage shops to visit.

 

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The last Sunday of each month there is a HUGE antique market in the streets surrounding the navigli, which I absolutely loved…I spent hours there each month, and highly recommend it to anyone who likes antiques/vintage. Prices are high, but it is worth a look!

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CASTELLO SFORZESCO. milano

CASTELLO SFORZESCO. milano

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GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II. milano

GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II. milano

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Milano knows shopping, and does it in style.

ARCHITECTURE AROUND TOWN. milano

ARCHITECTURE AROUND TOWN. milano

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Some random amazing buildings that assault me with their beauty on the daily.

postcards from milano

postcards from milano

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Me + Duomo
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I live in an area called Navigli, a chic area between two canals which are some of the only ones left from historical Milan, which had many canals, similar to Venice! Now the canals are lined with boutiques, antique shops, cafes, and bars.
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Naviglio at night!
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Milan has many forms of public transport, from bus to Metro to tram, seen here. And check out that wonderful architecture! More to come on that soon…
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A must have for my happiness in Italy: Cioccolata calda e biscotti (hot chocolate like pudding & cookies)

 

I will be living here in Milan for three months!  These are some highlights so far.

video postcard from bern, switzerland

video postcard from bern, switzerland

A view of Bern while surrounded by sheep on a hill…those are the bells around their necks you are hearing in the background…it made a beautiful view even more magical.

postcards from boston

postcards from boston

Being away from Boston made me realize how great a city it is!  It’s a fairly small city which makes it very manageable…I’ve been walking almost everywhere, and there is almost no place within the city that can’t be reached in under one hour’s walk.  After living in southern China, the factory capital of the world, I also appreciate a blue sky more & more.  The first day I was back, I kept exclaiming, “Wow, would you look at the sky today?!?!  It’s like a painting!”   A friend is in town visiting, so i played tour guide today.

OLD & NEW. hong kong

OLD & NEW. hong kong

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These buildings are what I think of when I think of Hong Kong…a little ramshackle, but full of character.

HK from room 2

HK from room

HK is one of my favorite cities in the world because of the contrast between the old & worn and the slick new city life…I love both sides equally!

I have a few books that are worth buying on the topic of buildings in HK:

City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon City

Phantom Shanghai

If you know of other books along these lines, I would be happy if you post suggestions in the comments below.

THERE TO HERE. xian

THERE TO HERE. xian

That’s right folks…helmets ARE for suckers!

Looking past that, the various ways people get around in Xian is

inventive & practical, although not always the safest.