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.
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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Milano knows shopping, and does it in style.
Some random amazing buildings that assault me with their beauty on the daily.
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.
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.
These buildings are what I think of when I think of Hong Kong…a little ramshackle, but full of character.
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
If you know of other books along these lines, I would be happy if you post suggestions in the comments below.
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.