Our first week in Italy has flown by. With so much to do, taste, and see, time goes by so quickly. However, because I want to fit everything into my day, I rarely stop to rest, and as a result, one week in, literally everything hurts. I have been averaging about 6-8 miles a day, but today was a new record with 10.5 miles. I think everyone is going through the same exhaustion as me, since whenever we see a chair everyone races to it. I wish I had done some conditioning for this trip, especially considering I actively avoided any walking at Pitt by riding the 10A. I’m doing my best to push through and continue to soak in everything Milan has to offer, especially since it’s our last day here before Verona.
Today we visited 10 Corso Como, which is a marketplace for high end designers incorporated into a beautiful old courtyard. They were showcasing more established designers like Gucci and Manolo Blahnik, but also some newer unestablished designers. Upstairs was a bookstore full of beautiful fashion books.
We continued our day of designers with a fashion walking tour on Milan’s Golden Block, which had pretty much every designer one can think of. We saw Balenciaga, Gucci, Tiffany’s, Dolce and Gabanna, Armani, Versace, Saint Laurent, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel, just to name a few. The window displays of the shops were absolutely beautiful with intricate and creative designs to showcase each piece. We definitely don’t have such expensive stores in Pittsburgh.
During our free time today, a few friends and I went to Eataly for some gelato and snacks. The gelato is the best I’ve had so far in Italy. The creaminess in my go to flavor, chocolate chip, blows me away every time. My friend also picked up some strawberries for us to snack on, but they ended up being the most delicious berries I had ever eaten. The quality of Italian food continues to impress me. I wish the United States focused more on the quality and the process of making food, rather than making food the quickest and cheapest. I can definitely taste the difference, and will miss the quality when we return home.