#46 il Duomo

The Duomo in Milan is not as famous as the Notre Dame in Paris or the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, but it’s definitely pretty. The visual quality of the photo is so-so, I had to scan it since the photo was taken with my old Canon EOS 300, but the detail of the church is pretty obvious. The sunset stage makes the building look extra bright which makes the sky look extra blue. I like this photo a lot, it’s fairly straight forward yet it reveals some good detail.

I remember just walking around in front of the church enjoying the moment. Basically you have the big square with the church. Then on the left hand side of the Duomo is the Galleria (my next post), on the other side is the train station (if I remember correctly), and across from the church is where you walk toward the street with all the fashion stores and terraces – to just sit down and drink a beer. That’s another thing you just don’t see in ‘Murica, a place to sit outside, drink a beer underneath a big umbrella, and just people watch. It’s a great way to spend the afternoon (no do-able with young kids) because you see the same people over and over again. I remember back in the day in Vienna we saw the same ladies just showing off their Gucci or Louis Vuitton shopping bags, as if to say like look at me – I shopped at an expensive store… Anyways, the Duomo, Galleria and the terraces, made the scene in Milan really nice. One weird thing I remember in particular from this evening in Milan though was the million mosquitos that hit us that evening, we had to almost escape the square and get inside to avoid being bitten a thousand times. (July 2005)

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