• {Travel} Weekend getaway to Milan ~ A wasted day 

    Weekend getaway to Milan, an Italian experience of a life time or was it? A few weeks ago a friend called and asked if I wanted to go away somewhere in Europe together. I had actually decided to put my #take12trips #travelchallenge on hold until after my driving lesson. Such an unexpected invite but a welcome one that I immediately said yes. We planned to go to Budapest, got a groupon deal and it was time to book the weekend getaway. Unfortunately (or fortunately) our preferred weekend was booked up for Budapest and we got offered Milan. It took a whole 2 minutes to decide that we would have a weekend getaway to Milan and check out Venice.

    Milan ~ Lobster

    Ever since my return from Johannesburg end of September and starting university, I have been everything stressed. I needed some relief but because I wanted to focus of my driving I couldn’t go anywhere. It was silly of me to want to put traveling on hold and glad this invite came along. I don’t like being stressed, I like being organised and on top of my work. It took me sometime to do my two university assignments, keep up with my job and also blog. Going away firstly to Milan then Venice was what the doctor ordered.

    Our flight was Friday early morning, we’d both taken Fridays off work. Because we live far enough from Gatwick Airport we reserved a room close to the airport which offered airport transfer. Normally I wouldn’t book a hotel, I would sleep at the airport but because of our busy schedule I conceded. Thursday night my friend and I met up in London for drinks then went to hotel. We had an early wake up call (5:30am), we flew around 7am but our gate closed 6.30am so it was busy all round.

    Landing in at Milan Malpensa, we boarded a bus to Milan centrale station which took less than an arrive to arrive. Upon arrival we had to take an underground train to Amendola where our hotel Best Western Astoria is located. With our groupon deal we had early check in, we decided to shower then rest up before heading out.

    To Old for this Sh*t 🙂 

    Unfortunately for us, we were still hangover and hungry from the night before that we overslept the relaxation period. We realised after oversleeping that our livers can no longer handle alcohol the same way it did 2009-2013. We had:

    • Southern comfort with lemonade x 1 each
    • Blue lagoon cocktail x 1 each
    • The godfather cocktail (half/half)
    • Woo Woo (half/half)

    This does not equate to much drinking or shall I say even compare to how much we used to put the alcohol industry afloat. But somehow just with that, coupled with tiredness and hunger woke up with hangover. We had ordered a snack at the hotel which I don’t recommend, expensive for nothing.

    When we came too and where ready to explore it was dinner time and since it gets dark early it was too dark to explore. We had so many plans and though I know we wasted day sleeping I feel we also used it wisely. Because of the resting we had done, we have loads of energy to explore Venice and the Islands. I will be sharing all about that in the Venice post.

    The best thing that came out of this wasted day was finding an amazing restaurant where I had my first lobster. What an experience, I must say I am loving Italians even more but just need the men to be a tab bit taller.

    Love to travel, pin this.

    Milan ~ Excilsior hotel

    Have you ever been to Milan? What did you manage to check out? I am looking for recommendations for when we go back and explore.



    1. mummyslittlemonkey
      November 22, 2016 / 7:29 pm

      I had to laugh at your comment about the height of Italian men – they really are quite short, aren’t they?! Hope our next trip to Milan is more productive! x

      • November 23, 2016 / 9:54 am

        Hahaha, they really are I was so disappointed 😔 I needed someone taller lol

    2. CourtneyLynne Storms
      November 21, 2016 / 4:54 am

      Omg so jealous if your trip!!! I would love to visit Milan one day!

      • November 21, 2016 / 11:15 pm

        Haha I am sure you will go one day

    3. With Love, Lottie
      November 19, 2016 / 12:39 pm

      I’d absolutely love to visit Milan! Jealous of your regular travels.

      • November 19, 2016 / 6:26 pm

        Awww thanks so much, it was a great city to visit

    4. Stacie S
      November 18, 2016 / 10:44 pm

      I have never been to Milan before but it looks like a fun place to visit! The food looks delicious as well.

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:32 pm

        The food was more than delicious we loved it

    5. November 18, 2016 / 10:31 pm

      Milan looks delicious. I’d love to see your future Milan trips as well.

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:32 pm

        I can’t wait to plan them myself

    6. Stephanie
      November 18, 2016 / 9:34 pm

      This is one of my top tens to visit! Absolutely breath taking. I love your pictures!

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:31 pm

        I hope you get a chance to visit for sure

    7. LaaLaa
      November 18, 2016 / 7:50 pm

      LMAO too old for this. Reminds me I’ve not had a drink in nearly a year. This is one place I’d love to go – always a silver lining with your wasted day!

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:31 pm

        Always a silver lining indeed. It was great overall

    8. Valerie CottageMakingMommy
      November 18, 2016 / 6:57 pm

      I’d say this looks like a great weekend.I’m so jealous. I keep wondering if you will do a post on how you afford to travel so much?

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:30 pm

        I actually did do a post on how I afford to travel as often as I do

    9. November 18, 2016 / 7:58 am

      I love travelling and exploring new places! I have have added Milan in top of my travel list!

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:30 pm

        I love traveling and exploring too

    10. November 17, 2016 / 6:37 pm

      Travel is so much fun.I wondering why governments dont make travelling compulsory

      Loved the Milan pics

      • November 18, 2016 / 11:29 pm

        Hahaha wouldn’t that be a thing if governments did that

    11. Rose Mont
      November 17, 2016 / 4:58 am

      Haha you want taller Italian man and love lobster. I to have realized that alcohol is not accepted in my body like it used to be.

      • November 17, 2016 / 5:16 am

        Yep lol, taller italian men would have made this visit even more special lol

    12. Cynthia Williamston
      November 17, 2016 / 3:58 am

      So many places to add to my bucket list. Milan is one for sure.

      • November 17, 2016 / 5:15 am

        I am adding it back to my list as I didnt get to see it properly

      • Cynthia Williamston
        November 17, 2016 / 12:05 pm

        Oh nice! I can’t wait for the next review 😊

      • November 17, 2016 / 6:29 pm

        Thanks Cynthia.

    13. Ola Broom
      November 16, 2016 / 6:45 pm

      When I traveled to Italy I ran out of time, so I couldn’t fit a stop to Milan in my schedule. I’ll have to make it happen the next time I’m there.

      • November 17, 2016 / 5:15 am

        Isn’t funny how we want to fit in so much when we visit some cities. I need to go back and explore.

    14. Aish Das-Padihari
      November 16, 2016 / 5:40 pm

      I would only there for the drinks. Delish.

      • November 20, 2016 / 3:34 pm

        For the wine? Interesting

    15. November 16, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      Oo I so want to go! I know I’d love the food. Those drinks sound tasty too.

      • November 17, 2016 / 5:13 am

        The drinks where very tasty, made in the UK lol

    16. Blair Villanueva
      November 16, 2016 / 12:02 pm

      I always dream to visit Milan, hopefully very soon! It will be LOVE 🙂

      • November 17, 2016 / 5:13 am

        Hope you get a chance to visit, though cant say much since I didnt really get to see it

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