Friday, May 28, 2010

Traveling: Milan (part 1)

After Riyadh we headed to Milan for iSaloni, a humongous furniture fair.  We bunked up at the Hotel Principe di Savoia.  Many of the rooms had recently been redone and I was a fan of the purple with a few bold accents color scheme that was chosen.

We spent most of our time at the furniture fair (I'll discuss in the next post), but we did get in a quick trip to il Duomo.  The last time I went to Milan (almost 6 years ago), the front was entirely covered by scaffolding and a scrim, so it was pretty awesome to see it in all it's restored glory.

Then we headed up to the roof (by far the coolest part of the whole cathedral)  Check out this gem of a carving.  I have no idea what's going on here, but it is amusing.

The intricacies, scale and amount of detail are staggering.  It's so amazing to think of how much manpower, energy and resources were put into these projects.

And here's a shot of the galleria, it's such a lovely space, but it's a shame that there isn't a single thing that I can afford in there.

Here are some of the bikes just hanging around the city ready to take part in a bike share program.  You sign up, pay a few euro and you get to check out bikes all around the city.  Such a great idea, and I wish I'd had a chance to take advantage.  And check out the adorable baskets!

Up next will be some of my favorite booths from the furniture fair.  I think I was more impressed by the installations than the furniture.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Architecture and carvings are awesome. Can't wait to see Part 2.