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Da dove viene il marmo del Duomo?

20140806_133506Stasera vi voglio raccontare da dove viene  il Marmo di Candoglia  il materiale stupendo con cui è realizzata la cattedrale di Milano , il Duomo , di cui vi ho già parlato descrivendo le vetrate istoriate. Continue reading

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Incontro con l ‘Organo di Baggio

10423885_699710466828816_6763292784580070675_nTempo di rientro, tempo di novità . Da oggi vorrei inaugurare una nuova modalità di viaggiare sotto casa. Vorrei farvi conoscere  persone che incontriamo tutti i gorni magari sotto casa, all’edicola a scuola al lavoro . Magari ingnoriamo che hanno storie speciali da condividere  ( con chi le vuole condividere) e un passato e un presente da raccontare . Ecco questo sarà il nostro magico appuntamento.  Allora per iniziare  oggi prenderò l’autobus e mi allontanerò  un pochino da casa , andrò a Baggio dove mi aspetta un simpatico personaggio : 10482280_555752584557939_6511096490234705180_n L’Organo di Baggio.

Prendo l’autobus  67 che mi porta a Baggio e scendo  nei pressi di  Cascina Monastero. Dopo aver attraversato Piazza Anita Garibaldi mi dirigo nel quartiere vecchio, lui è  mi aspetta dentro la chiesa di Sant’Apollinare. Continue reading

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I love Castello Sforzesco..

20140916_161734 modPer me Milano è il Castello Sforzesco ed il Castello Sforzesco è Milano..sono due entità indissolubili ! Quando mi trovo in via Dante o in piazza Cordusio non posso fare a meno di alzare il viso e scorgere la torre del castello che svetta , è un gesto automatico che faccio così senza pensarci , sapere che il castello si trova ancora lì in un certo modo mi rassicura. Dicevamo ..una città così grande e moderna con un castello in pieno centro, un castello come si deve però..con il fossato, le torri, il ponte levatoio..i sotterranei, i passaggi segreti, la sala del tesoro..Insomma un vero castello , il nostro Castello Sforzesco. Continue reading

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Ascolto il tuo cuore città : da Piazza Cavour a Via Turati – parte 1

20140806_111929 modAgosto è il mese migliore per conoscere Milano, la nostra città d’estate non si svuota più completamente e ci sono numerose iniziative per avventurarsi alla scoperta delle bellezze nascoste. Proprio l’8 agosto ho partecipato ad una visita  organizzata dalla Biblioteca Sormani e dai gruppi di lettura del Gallaratese , Sant’Ambrogio, Parco Sempione e Zara di Milano ispirata al libro “Ascolto il tuo cuore città”  (1944) di Alberto Savinio. La visita fa parte di  un percorso letterario che propone  diverse uscite per le vie della città sulle orme del romanzo saggio di Savinio con una guida appassionata e originale, Valentino Scrima.  Ma torniamo al nostro tour. Savinio fu un poliedrico artista (1891 – 1952) fratello del noto pittore Giorgio De Chirico. Camminare per le vie della nostra città leggendo i brani di questo scrittore  per me é stato come salire sulla macchina del tempo . Savinio amava spassionatamente Milano e la descrive in un periodo di trasformazione tra le due guerre.
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Il mare a Milano, visita all’Acquario Civico

20140803_113120 modIl mare a Milano c’è.. non ci credete? lo trovate nei dintorni di Parco Sempione, più precisamente in viale Gadio 2 dove si trova l’Aquario Civico.  Davvero una bella scoperta . Vi vorrei raccontare la  “nostra” visita . Nostra perchè siamo andati con la mia piccola esploratrice A. di 17 mesi  Devo dire che A. è stata molto contenta, la visita è stata piacevole … ed io che pensavo si annoiasse!

La palazzina all’esterno è magnifica, un edicio in stile art decò del 1906 , l’unico sopravissuto all’Expo universale dell’epoca, restaurato da poco, nel 2006. La facciata è riccamente decorata con maioliche e sculture tematiche, ci accolgono un altero tritone ed un grosso simpatico ippopotamo .
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Hidden beauty of Milan

20140708_100107 modIn Milan there so many hidden beauties.. Have you ever walked in the city center and a lovely garden just appeared but you were so in hurry that you didn’t stop to admire it? This happened to me several times so I decide to take afternoon break and ride around city searching for the hidden beauty. Behind every old building there are always design windows, wonderful ancient doors.When I travel I used to take pictures of little details as small gates, the doors of the houses, old windows, shutters, fountains, decorative elements that enrich the buildings. The names of the streets speak and tell us about the history of the city .. so even the doors, gates and windows have something to show us .. if we listen to them. In particular Milan has a hidden beauty that needs to be discovered and revealed .

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While discussing with an old friend about real Milan identity , we agreed that several centuries of foreign dominations ( the french, the spanish and the austrians) have so impacted on Milan attitude that the Milan people are more used  to enjoy beauty in their homes and in their backyards rather than to show outside. We define it the so called ” sobriety”.

Here you’ll find some shots that I took during my urban riding, I stopped on purpose when I saw a intriguing detail that struck me .. For each photo there is a small caption. I hope you will enjoy!

Old window in Corso di Porta Vercellina , perhaps belong to an old mechanics workshop.

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We can  find a beautiful design window near  an old mechanic workshop closed for years.. not necessarily in the city center .
Maybe some superintendent understanding that if you are just curious and you do not have the slightest intention of robbing the apartments will let you go in ..this luckily happened to me .. and so i find yourself in a beautiful courtyard of an Ancient palace. .

So I guess one  this could be the gate of  Cinderella Palace with climbing roses .. very romantic, isn’ it?

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Tivoli street

In via Tivoli, near the Metro Lanza I saw his magnificent iron gate combined with wooden door and I tried to guess what’s inside .. a design shop, a representative office, a private manor.
I found just beautiful the entrance of Palazzo Bovara . It looks like the gate to get into a secret garden ..

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Palazzo Bovara decorated gate

I think this summer I ‘ll read again the book The secret garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
And you have you never seen in everyday life or during a travel some beautiful details ?  Where are hidden beatuties in Milan?Today let me know your hidden beauties..

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Travelling with babies..

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on the road.

We left Milan for a short break holiday tour: Rome and then Argentario. Our smiling toddler Agata is almost 15 months, the only must-have for her is a big bottle of milk when she wakes up in the morning. This little creature that until recently was fed on milk now she devours  pasta alla norma, ravioli, ricotta, steamed fish, potatoes ..obviously all chopped up ..
After these important premises I will try to tell you our journey omitting family stories but trying to share our experiences to help those who are traveling with children.
On the road again..
BEFORE DEPARTURE:
– Time to play Before leaving, let them move, or play a little bit. We had plan to leave at9.00. We all woke up at 7.40, I prepared her bottle of milk and then she played until 8.30 when we were ready to go.
– Planning : Planning in advance it’s a rule when you normally travels that becomes a must when you are traveling with children . It’s preferable to estimate at least 30 minutes .The children require at least a half an hour longer … for the last diaper of course, but also to make up your mind and last check .-Toys and change bags at your disposal: It’s important to prepare two bags, one containing toys for the travel, and another bag containing all the necessary for baby change (wipes, diapers). When you load the car be careful to keep the bags close to you and baby traveler. Details, but there are life-changing.
-Two pacifiers are better than one! if your heir is a pacifier user, I recommend to bring one more! I remember a trip back from Tuscany with our newborn 40 days old screaming behind us !! we didn’t realize but at the service area the pacifier had fallen .. since then we decided that the two pacifiers are better than one!
TRAVELLING
You can sleep, you can play, you can eat and also sing!
Here we started, the first half hour was quiet. Agata looked out the window the Lombardy countryside, before chatting with us then talked with her teddy finally begun snoozing. In fact the young lady collapsed, but after an hour and a half she was awake and she was quite thirsty and dazed but still in very good mood.If you are traveling in summer time is a must to always have at your disposal fresh water. Between water and juices water is better.
And when you wake up? Which are the best travel toys ?
This time we took soft small books, soft rubber animals and little music instruments. The type of game obviously depends on the age of the child. Perfect toys for travel are coloring books (with pencils if you do not want to paint the whole car). Also songs and fairies tales are very good ideas when you travel. My daughter is still too young for fairy tales but she likes songs and when she listens to music she starts clapping her hands !
Lunch: it’s better not change the schedules, even though we’re traveling. Our little daughter is used to eat between 12-12, 30. So near Florence we stopped to autogrill Cisa Chef Express. It was the right time. Besides, if you stop at this hour soon it’s not crowdy. This service area is worth to mention it because it is new, well equipped and the self-service there are also high chairs for toddlers.
After lunch, and a small expresso ( for us not for the baby) we had to going on with our travel and this was the hardest time! Systematically only after half an hour we were travelling ,we must stop for another diaper change! After this last stop finally our little devil started sleeping but it was just half an hour before arriving at Rome and took the exit to Grandma’s house! Typical
Summarizing our schedule : departure time at 9.00 am from Milan, arrival at 15.00 in Rome with almost an hour lunch break near Florence. Positive mood of parents and baby calm.
Obviously, this is our experience , surely the toys and eating habits change depending on age ..
Agata first travel was when she was one month older and since then we have never stopped. Travelling with children is not hard, you have just to be very well organized and you must anticipate their needs.

I think that the most important elements for babies travelers are the rituals, let me explain better .Whether you are traveling by car or by plane if you let them playing ,if you have lunch always at the same time, bring their favorite toys and create good conditions for a good nap ..These are the basic and you can be sure that everything will be fine!
Although not everything can be fine, however travelling with children is always fun !
And you’re ready to go? where are you going this summer?

 

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5 things i like in Milan

A  friend asked me to point out five things that I like in Milan. Is not a easy  choice you know ? it’s not easy because I like so many things in my city ..
I admit , I am a true lover of Milan since long time ago  even when many people didn’t understand it’s real soul, now  behaviors are  changing and the  attitude  towards Milan city is  different , we can risk and declare that people start loving Milan.
But let’s start to give a look at my list :
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