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!
It’s kind of a hassle switching terminals at JFK but we had lots of time to spare.
And flying through JFK means SHAKE SHACK YASSSSSSSSSSS.
Airport Shake Shack is the best.
JFK – MXP
Emirates has a printed menu even for economy!
I ordered the seafood meal as a special meal just because it was an option that most airlines don’t have.
Salmon and eggs. Approximately 100% better than the disgusting business class omelette that Air Canada always serves.
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.
Mike had a Stumptown cold brew coffee for breakfast that he’d bought back at Shake Shack.
We arrived in Milan and headed to the train station to catch our train to Florence.
I like these seats!
The first class car because we’re fancy like that. This is Mike’s jetlag face.
Pretty Florence at night.
We went to the grocery store to get some food and I found MARC JACOBS COKE! MARC JACOBS COKE!!
In-room picnic of cheese, crackers, and Italian box wine. (It’s okay because it’s Italy, right?)
The next morning — beautiful Florence!
We had lunch at a place my boss recommended and had some lovely cheese and meat on a patio facing Piazza Santo Spirito.
Outside the Uffizi art museum.
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.
One of the aforementioned sculptures from ye olden times.
Hey, I made a panorama!
Mike contemplates Italian design.
Or just poses on some really old stairs.
I made another panorama! (I forgot about these photos since I took them forever ago, so I’m impressed with myself.)
Europe and castles and whatnot.
Apparently my hair was still Japanese hair dye-light last year.
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.