Tuesday, October 24, 2006

September 2006 - Milan, Italy

We began our trip to Milan with dinner at the elaborately decorated Dar el Yacout. The Moroccan food was spectacular and the restaurant is one of the most beautiful we have seen.The next day we took a tour of Il Duomo, Milan's enormous gothic cathedral. The cathedral offers great views of the modern city. We also went to Santa Maria Delle Grazie, an unassuming 15th cent. Renaissance convent which houses Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper (Cenacolo). The church lost 2 walls in a WWII bombing. Miraculously the wall on which the Last Supper is painting was still standing after the air raid.
In the evening we treated ourselves to a ballet at Teatro alla Scala one of the most regal theatres in the world.

Despite the theater's strict no photo policy and after several scoldings, Kenny was still able to capture this great shot of the ornate balconies and ceiling.

After the ballet, we figured we would end the night in style, so we had dinner at Cracco-Peck, a 2-Michellin star restaurant near the theater. The restaurant was contemporary inside but the service was traditional white glove with more waiters than we could keep track of and more courses than our stomachs could handle. We only ordered 5 courses but the chef insisted we eat 10 so everytime we put our forks down out came some small treat from the kitchen. It was one of the finest dining experiences of our lives - did we mention the creamy risotto completely buried in white truffles?!?!?!
A stroll through Milan reveals the wealth of the city and its residents. After last night's dinner all we did was window shop at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II marked by its beautiful glass dome and arched atrium and its high-end italian fashion.Kenny attempts to pose next to the Ferrari without looking obvious. But wait a minute, we're from Miami, it takes a lot more than one Ferrari to impress us. So off to the Formula 1 Grand Prix we went . . .

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