|Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II|
The primary reason for going is to shop the upcoming winter collections but also to enjoy girl time - good food, wine and of course, the good weather is usually a given! The most noticeable thing is that everyone now speaks English which wasn't the case 15 years ago. Some of the shop assistants also speak Arabic, Chinese and Russian as the tourism has increased substantially from those regions.
As each year passes we have come to the conclusion that the only things worth buying as far as good value goes, are Italian brands as they can be
|Window display Prada|
|Boutique in Brera|
|Half a club sandwich for lunch at Park Hyatt|
After dinner we strolled back to the hotel in the warm night air .. digesting our food, passing the tarot card readers and window shopping all the little stores along the way. Milan is quiet in the evenings .. not much traffic and just the sound of people walking along the cobbled streets chatting.
To be fair, August is relatively quiet anyway as a lot of the locals are away on vacation for the whole month. It used to be that there weren't many shops and restaurants open but all that has changed. Even the department store La Rinascente stayed open till midnight on Friday and shops are open on Sundays now too!
I also love buying food in Italy - olives, oil, Italian marmalade and biscotti. The supermarket in the city centre has now closed so the nearest place to shop is the 7th floor at La Rinascente, and the lower ground floor at Excelsior - both stores are nearby the Duomo.
Looking forward, maybe next year the collections will be a bit more exciting - although it's good for the budget when it's not.
|They love a dog in Italy|
Italian brands that we like -
Max & Co
HQ flew from London City Airport to Linate, Milano via Alitalia