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Thursday, February 23, 2023


 Although Switzerland wasn't originally on our itinerary, our tour leader surprised us with a lunch stop in Lugano en route to Milan.

Foggy, but when the veil was lifted, Lake Lugano was breathtakingly beautiful.

The trees along the promenade looked rather alien.

Save for the ubiquitous Swiss flags, Lugano felt like we were visiting yet another picturesque town in Italy. People were speaking in Italian everywhere around us. The landscape looked Italian. The food tasted Italian! 

Lunch at The Spaghetti Store

Totally Italian, except we had to pay for the meal in Swiss Francs!

I could just sit on one of the many classic Swiss red benches stationed along the waterfont promenade and admire the view all day!

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Thursday, February 16, 2023


 Day 7Milan

Castello Sforzesco

Despite the rain, the castle was chock-a-bloc with tourists.

Statue of San Giovanni Nepomuceno

Piazza Castello

Piazza Cordusio

Piazza del Duomo

Duomo Milanthe pièce de résistance of the piazza

This gothic-style cathedral has more statues than any other building in the world. There are 3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles, and 700 marble figures.
Statua di Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Swarovski Tree of Dreams 
At every turn and corner, we encountered a Christmas tree more beautiful than the last! 🎄
The evening ended with a Korean dinner in Chinatown Milan.
After an entire week of pizza and pasta, our Malaysian tummies were craving a hot and spicy meal and yes, rice!

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Thursday, February 9, 2023


 Day 6  Venice

Gondoliers are a highly exclusive and honoured profession in Venice. There is a maximum of 433 licensed gondoliers in Venice, and that number cannot be increased. It means someone has to die or retire before the privilege is handed down. The only way to obtain a licence is through a family member and traditionally, it was passed from father to the firstborn son. If there were no sons, the prestigious role was passed on to a male relative. 
For over 900 years, only men could hold the gondolier position. In 2010, Giorgia Boscolo became the first gondoliera in Venetian history.
Prospective gondoliers must complete 400 hours of training before passing a rigorous examination that tests not only physical endurance but navigational skills, knowledge of other languages and, most importantly, knowledge of Venice’s culture and sights. One of the most sought-after professions in Italy, a Venetian gondolier can expect to earn around $150,000 each year.

Bridge of Sighs
According to legend, the name of the bridge comes from the sighs of prisoners who crossed the bridge on the way to their prison cells or the execution chamber, catching their last glimpses of Venice through the tiny windows.

Piazza San Marco
St. Mark's Basilica

Doge's Palace

St Mark's Clocktower
The winged lion could be seen everywhere in Venice. It's a symbol of St. Mark, who was adopted by Venice as its patron saint when it was striving to shake off the rule of Byzantium. As a result, it became an emblem of the city itself. It is believed that, while taking refuge from a storm in the city of Venice, Mark was visited in a dream by an angel in the form of a winged lion.
Ancient 24-hour clock

Glass-blowing demo

A magical labyrinth of narrow alleys, picturesque canals and stair-stepped bridges
Getting lost in the alleys was part of the fun!

 The seafood spaghetti was truly amazing!
The squid ink spaghetti was a little too fishy for me. It made my poop black!! Haha!

Mamma Mia! Fresh, authentic Italian spaghetti and meatballs!

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