My first trip to Europe was in August 2002, when I worked in Milan, Italy for 2 weeks. Milan is situated in the northern Lombardy region of Italy, not too far from the Swiss border.
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My weekdays were spent at work, and the weeknights dining and partying in town. One of the hangouts me and my colleagues frequented was a bar we called "the Lola". Wonder if its still there...
Most of my colleagues had been living in Milan for months already, and a few of them were kind enough to take us visitors on a small walking tour of the town.
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Milan's city layout was very orderly, centering around an old castle, Castello Sforzesco (top left of the satellite map above).
Above: Photos from Piazza del Duomo, a large open area just outside the famous Duomo cathedral and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.
Above: Tram tracks on the streets of Milan.
Above: Making our way to Castello Sforzesco.
Above: Inside the castle, checking out the city map.
Above: One Frenchman, one Dutch, one Dutch Chinese and one Malaysian Chinese wandering through Milan's Chinatown.
Continue to Part 2
Saturday, February 18, 2006