All posts tagged: Milan

3 x 3 tips on where to have breakfast, lunch, aperitivo and dinner in Milan!

Ok, June has started, so it’s supposed to be good weather, right?! But for some reason it’s not always the case. So what about a city escape to another city? And what about Milan?! Since after the Expo Milan has been in full bloom! The city looks spectacular: lots of renovation and works to improve the city, new restaurants and bars openining up at every corner, new shops as well as new museums and new exhibitions spaces to visit! So while you wait for you seaside escape, try Milan! Here are some spots you’d want to check out, assuming you already know Milan. Otherwise I’ll provide some tips in another post. Art, food, design and the likes . Fondazione Prada – contrasting opinions about it. Some say it’s cool and worth a visit because it’s Prada, some really liked it, some really didn’t. The cafe’ is interestingly decorated. See for yourself! . La Triennale Museum – a museum mainly dedicated to design, architecture, jewellery and space, which a very interesting location itself with a garden …

1st Haircut in Australia? // Primo taglio in Australia?

Sometimes we believe that there’s no place like our home country. There they do everything, or most things, better. Let’s take Hair-cutting and Italy. Well, objectively they cut your hair very well in Italy and my experience relies actually on Milan (lately Adore’) where I lived most of my life. If I say I had my 1st Haircut in Australia last week, it’s not true…I should say “since I’m back”. I once I had a haircut at Bondi beach with my friend Martina in 2001 and I was actually pretty happy with it! 🙂 But I can say I had my 1st cut in Melbourne 2 weeks ago and I survived! Just joking! As per my first lines, thinking I cannot have my hair cut anywhere else in the world (I’ve been back twice to Italy and I had my hair cut while I was there), I asked people to understand where to go, once passed the idea of hairdressers being more expensive here. As I liked the haircut style of my friend Penny, I …

Milan over Xmas… Shopping! // Milano a Natale… Shopping!

After 3 flights of 7hours each approximately, I finally landed in Milan! The fog’s smell at Malpensa airport was penetrating my nose. Something not definitely sexy, but dear as it smells like home, although you hardly see any fog in Milan anymore. The following day I was already with family having a pre-Xmas lunch also with my cousins from Torino. I was extremely happy, although fighting against a bad jet lag. The day continued with some shopping in Corso 22 Marzo, not far from home. I really needed to at least window shopping. What you can find in Milan is definitely different to anywhere else! There are some interesting rising Australian Designers, but then the most recognised fashion shop in Melbourne is Le Louvre which sell mostly designers from Italy, France and Europe! I was mainly after shoes and some jumpers and anything to renovate my future winter wardrobe. Because the time was limited, I didn’t do much shopping in Milan, and I’m not any fashion expert, but I’m feeling like sharing a couple of …

POSITIVE MONDAY! – Que’ suerte tengo! // I feel so lucky! // Sono fortunata!

Hoy si’, hoy es tiempo de escribir un post en castellano! Si’ porque hoy tambien creo que tengo suerte! Y sera’ por 2 motivos: 1. Estoy trabajando en esta galeria de arte, Porthole Gallery, como Marketing y Administracion, y de repente entra una senhora chilena que parece muy simpatica y de hecho lo es. Me pregunta sobre la galeria, hablamos, le pregunto si vive cerca y me comenta que es chilena. Entonces ya empiezo a hablar castellano, encantada de la vida! Hablamos de la galeria, que expone pinturas y esculpturas con tema marinero. Les gustan y le cuento que la venta de estas obras ayudara’ a los marineros del mundo que con su trabajo nos llevan la mayoria de los productos que compramos hoy. Me habls del porque esta’ de vacaciones en Melbourne, de su experiencias pasadas en Inglaterra, de cuanto aprendio’, de como se lo paso’ fenomenal, y cuando se va, me da’ un beso y me regala una sonrisa espectacular! que quiero mas de la vida? Bueno, claro que le pedi’ de estar …

The 4 Phases of Moving to Another Place

I have been living my life in different places. Although it’s been mostly in Italy, in Milan, I have always had the chance to travel, whether it was for holiday, study or work purposes. First encouraged by my parents who well thought it was important to discover the world, know about other cultures and learn other languages to enrich ourselves and prepare for the future, as you never know what turn life could take. At the beginning I felt lucky, but a bit forced, and then little by little this desire and curiosity about the world has become part of me. And now I actively seek these kind of experiences. That’s why lately I spent 2 years and a half living in working in Madrid, Spain, and a few months ago I chose to live in Melbourne, Australia. Every time you move, I think you go through different experiences, phases and emotional states. After my latest transfer to Spain first and to Australia second, I started realising there is actually a pattern in moving and …

World’s 100 best beaches // La Top 100 delle più belle spiagge al mondo! // Las 100 playas màs bonitas

In Europe, and everywhere “Upabove”, it seems that summer finally has landed (Milan was boiling with 40°C these days, and here Downunder, we never loose our summery mood and we are so close to hot spots on the planet, already within a 2-3 hours reach in Australia. The weekend is approaching and daydreaming about a beautiful beach is more than understandable and it helps to get by these last 2 days of the week. So here is some pictures of some extraordinary beaches you might want to visit one day or daydream for now 🙂 Have a look and see if you ever been to one of these ones! http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/28/travel/100-best-beaches  ——— // ——— in Europa, e nell’emisfero nord, oramai sembra che l’estate sia arrivata, (a Milano le temperature hanno raggiunto i 40° gradi dopo un’ingrata primavera!9) e qui Downunder non smettiamo mai di pensare all’estate! Perchè in Australia esiste l’inverno? La gente si ostina ad usare le Havaianas anche sotto i 15°C a Melbourne, ma tutto fa’ colore! 🙂 E comunque in 2-3 ore si …

Intervistata dal progetto ‘Wowanderlust’ di Alice Avallone

Sorry guys, this is an interview, for now only in Italian, by an Italian Web Project (www.wowanderlust.it) on Travelling. Come dice Alice, ci siamo conosciute tramite mia sorella, che ha pensato alla sorellona e ci ha messo in contatto sapendo che la sua ex-collega sarebbe stata in Australia per un periodo. Purtroppo non c’è stata ancora l’occasione di conoscersi dal vivo qui in Australia, ma chissà che non avvenga prima poi e proprio in Australia. Le cose che mi hanno colpito di Alice sono state il suo entusiasmo, la volonta’ e capacità di tramutare in realtà i suoi sogni e la sua disponibilità. Ho sentito, anche senza essersi mai conosciute, che c’era qualcosa in comune: la voglia di fare, di creare, di non smettere di sognare e la passione di viaggiare con questo suo nuovo progetto “Wowanderlust”. Mi son offerta di collaborare perchè mi aveva ispirato l’idea attraverso un suo post, ed eccone il frutto. Link all’intervista: http://www.wowanderlust.it/cosa-sapere-prima-dell-australia-i-consigli-di-valeria/ Vuol essere semplicemente una testimonianza non esaustiva, concernente la mia esperienza finora, rispetto alle domande di Alice. …

Milano, the Place to Be this Week: 9-14 April 2013 Design Week

Milano, la capitale del business, della moda e anche del design d’Italia. Milano, una città di lavoratori, dove la professionalità è altissima, dove non c’è mai tempo e dove il lavoro, purtroppo o per fortuna, riveste un’importanza esagerata. Una città dove tutti sono indaffarati, dove le persone corrono da un posto all’altro. Dal lavoro all’aperitivo, alla cena, al dopo cena, dove non c’è un minuto da perdere, anche quando ci si diverte. L’ “agenda” fitta ed organizzata del lavoro si riflette anche nella vita privata e sociale. E così si corre, corre, corre… per vedere l’Ale, l’Andre, la Francie, la Maggie, ecc… tutti i nomi rigorosamente con l’articolo davanti, come è usanza qui e da un ritrovo all’altro. E per uscire bisogna organizzare con almeno una settimana di anticipo. Se la confrontassi con Madrid, una città attiva tutti i giorni della settimana a tutte le ore del giorno e della notte, direi che Milano, almeno in questi ultimi anni, è principalmente attiva dal mercoledì sera in avanti con punte il giovedì sera e durante il …

What’s it like to spend an afternoon at the Grand Prix in Albert Park? / Com’è passare un pomeriggio al GP di Melbourne?

I’ve never been a big fan of Formula 1, actually I’ve never been a fan of it. I would just get bored watching it on TV. But going to the Grand Prix it’s something completely different! I’m from Milan, so just half an hour away from Monza where a very important GP takes place every year in September. I’ve there just once, while I was working in BMW, to watch the V8 and it’s been a lot of fun! The other times I have been close to a GP circuit has been when I was going back to Italy, from a trip, passing through Montecarlo just the day before of the GP beginning, and we actually did the circuit and the famous tunnel, a bit like we were doing the Formula 1 exercise. Once again it had been fun. And the last time, apart from yesterday, when I boarded a VW with a pilot doing the Vairano circuit and automatically I was continuously approaching the brake pedal eheh I guess I had a lot of …

Il Panettone Australiano / Xmas & The Australian Panettone

Beh, finalmente dopo aver fatto l’albero, il Kranz fai-da-te e aver assaggiato il primo panettone australiano, ma di Brunetti, finalmente inizio a sentire il Natale. Abbiamo preso anche il torrone, ma lo proveremo il giorno di Natale. Mi alimento poi di tutte le decorazioni natalizie in giro per Melbourne, che ha incominciato anche ad illuminarsi di Natale, e delle persone che nonostante il caldo, ieri c’erano 37°C, vanno in giro vestite da Babbo Natale, con lo stesso costume che vendono nei Paesi  “UpAbove” dove adesso fa’ freddo. Devo dire che le decorazioni illuminate sono proprio belle e ispirano veramente il Natale. Soprattutto perché ieri, dopo un caldo torrido, improvvisamente ha iniziato a soffiare un vento che fa’ concorrenza a una leggera bora triestina. E stasera abbiamo assaggiato il Panettone di Brunetti, che non è affatto male per essere in Australia. Non ha la stessa consistenza soffice della Pasticceria Reina a Milano in Via Reina, ma il sapore è piuttosto buono e costa anche meno che a Milano: 16$ per 900g, circa 13€. A Milano si …