Milano

The Duomo.  MonteNapoleone and Della Spiga.  Great pizza.  Classic universities. Neighbourhoods like Brera.  Finding little trattorias where the menus aren’t translated.  Learning how to say our room number in Italian — sei-cento-venti.  Walking forever.  Remembering the last time we were here.  Maybe we were Italians in another life?

We are now about to  leave Barcelona for Paris — so Milan is now but a memory.  It was been a busy time (thus no blogs).  I gave two lectures — one to the Italian Association of Landscape Architects about the Pacific Coast Collaborative and Vancouver’s Greenest City Initiative — and the second one to a class of 100 students — combo of graduate students from the University of Milan and undergrads from the Politecnic di Milano.  All architecture, landscape architecture and planning want-to-be’s.

When I asked them at the end of the session how many of them were on twitter — the answer was only one.  Perhaps twitter is a North American phenomena?  More had face-book pages.  They were an alert group given the fact that the room was boiling and muggy!

Took every chance to walk through the Galleria and the Duomo Plaza — such memorable spaces and often a short cut to where we wanted to go.

Galleria facing the Duomo Plaza

Galleria facing the Duomo Plaza

Duomo in Milan

Duomo in Milan

Always interested in transportation — to get to my meetings I used the Metro and the train system — didn’t have a chance to use the streetcars — but they are well used by the Milanese.  And fun to see the old and the new side-by-side.

The old and the new -- streetcars in Milano

The old and the new -- streetcars in Milano

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