Gold on our last day in Milan

Canada wins the 2012 Giro d’Italia today in Milan!

The Giro Trophy on display just outside of McDonalds

Today was our last day in Milan and we wanted to see some of the Fashion Quadrilatero, nicknamed the “Golden Rectangle” of fashion before we left. Walking through the narrow stone paved streets I got quite dizzy with the frequency of great picture opportunities of amazing, wonderful, crazy, and ridiculous window displays.

Milan Fashion

In this area there are only the most extremely expensive labels. Dazzling jewels from Cartier, clothes and accessories by Gucci, Versace, and Louis Vuitton are just a few of the shops that line the streets of this famed area. We definitely could not afford to buy anything here, so it was good that we were there when all the stores were closed! You will find ALL of these pictures on my Facebook page.

More Milan fashion

Canadian cyclist Ryder Hesjedal’s victory today was the first by a Canadian in any of cycling’s three marquee Grand Tours in Europe. This came after 21 stages capped with a pair of grueling days in the mountains of northern Italy. And Olivia and I and my violin were here when it happened! The race started at the Castello Sforzesco and we were thrilled to see some of the early cyclists, get some pictures and feel the excitement of the crowd. For us the real challenge came when we had to wind our way through the crowd in the Duomo Square where the finish line was, to make our way to the tram that was to take us to a concert.

Cyclist in front of hotel


The Finish Line

And I got to tell you this violinist David Garrett is really something! The hall was packed on a Sunday afternoon for a 4 pm concert. All ages were in the audience. I wondered about his choice for the program but he performed the Bruch Violin Concerto in a way that I have never heard before, and on a beautiful Stradavari violin. I could not stop clapping and neither could anyone else.He had to play 3 encores and the audience would have kept him there all night except that the orchestra decided it was time for intermission and they got up and left the stage. That put an end to the first half of the performance. All my students should check out his website.


Olivia, myself and Claudia, Raoul was behind the camera

Then dinner, with two wonderful new friends in Milan, Claudia and Raoul. Sharing a meal and a concert with them tonight was one of the highlights of this trip. Both Olivia and I hope that we will see them again either here in Milan or in Canada.

Farewell Milan and on the Venice tomorrow! Next blog will be from the Metropole Hotel that was once part of the building where Antonio Vivaldi composed so much of his music for violin.

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