A Day in Milano
Elisa was the main reason for visiting Milano and the concert was great! The first time I saw her in concert was in Denver at the Soiled Dove and there were probably 50 people in the audience. That was truly a pleasure. This show was of course huge, complete with thousands of crazy Italian fans. A completely different show as expected – very enjoyable, but I sure prefer the small venue. Regardless, it was a great way to ring in another year for the Schlarmeister. Special thanks to Steven, Massimo, Paolo, et. al. for the opportunity to meet Elisa again – such an amazing person! If you are not familiar with her music, visit Elisa’s official website at ElisaToffoli.com.
The next day was spent wandering around the city with local friends and tour guides extraordinaire, Elena and Sylvia. Thank you so much! Milano is no Rome, but it has some beautiful architecture (i.e. the Duomo was all sparkly-clean and scaffold-free!) and parks, not to mention some crazy looking birds and parades full of retired military guys dressed like birds (they are officially called Bersaglieri (grazie Elena :))! Apparently these heavy steel bikes (see photo below) were part of the standard issue for these fellows back when. Everything reminiscent of military or law enforcement was out in full force.
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