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italy, part one

October 15th, 2014 / by / in: travel / No responses

italy

So these photos are from almost A YEAR AGO now but I just never felt like putting the effort into writing about this trip. I know I’m a weirdo — I’ve never had any real interest in visiting Italy. I mean, I wanted to go in the way that I want to go to all the countries in the world, but I don’t have any specific interest in Italy. In fact, it was pretty low down on my list of places to visit because I don’t really like Italian food (also weird, I know). Mike loves Italian food and could eat pasta every day for the rest of his life, but I’d rather eat almost anything else.

But luckily for Mike, Emirates had a super cheap deal on flights from JFK-MXP (Milan) so like usual, we figured why not and headed off to Italy. I don’t usually fly non-Star Alliance airlines, but once a flight crosses a certain threshold of cheapness, I’ll book any airline. And I’d always wanted to try Emirates!

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 It’s kind of a hassle switching terminals at JFK but we had lots of time to spare.

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And flying through JFK means SHAKE SHACK YASSSSSSSSSSS.

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Airport Shake Shack is the best.

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JFK – MXP

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Emirates has a printed menu even for economy!

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I ordered the seafood meal as a special meal just because it was an option that most airlines don’t have.

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Salmon and eggs. Approximately 100% better than the disgusting business class omelette that Air Canada always serves.

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Cute Emirates chocolate was a nice touch. Emirates in economy was a great experience compared to North American airlines (sorry, United). Really comfortable and decent food. I give Emirates a thumbs up but wish they’d join Star Alliance.

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Mike had a Stumptown cold brew coffee for breakfast that he’d bought back at Shake Shack.

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We arrived in Milan and headed to the train station to catch our train to Florence.

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I like these seats!

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The first class car because we’re fancy like that. This is Mike’s jetlag face.

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Pretty Florence at night.

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We went to the grocery store to get some food and I found MARC JACOBS COKE! MARC JACOBS COKE!!

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In-room picnic of cheese, crackers, and Italian box wine. (It’s okay because it’s Italy, right?)

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The next morning — beautiful Florence!

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We had lunch at a place my boss recommended and had some lovely cheese and meat on a patio facing Piazza Santo Spirito.

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Yum!

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Outside the Uffizi art museum.

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Boboli Gardens! Wikipedia says that it’s “a park in Florence, Italy, that is home to a collection of sculptures dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries, with some Roman antiquities.” And yup, that’s a pretty apt description.

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One of the aforementioned sculptures from ye olden times.

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Hey, I made a panorama!

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Mike contemplates Italian design.

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Or just poses on some really old stairs.

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I made another panorama! (I forgot about these photos since I took them forever ago, so I’m impressed with myself.)

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Europe and castles and whatnot.

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Apparently my hair was still Japanese hair dye-light last year.

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As much as I love visiting Asia over everywhere else, I’ll admit that Europe has its charms.

IN THE NEXT ENTRY: Will there ever be a part two? If I ever finish posting these Italy entries, you will also see Venice and Milan! And how I manage to avoid eating pizza for almost the entire trip. Because pizza is gross.

 


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