BACK ON THE ROAD – MILAN

Oct 9, 2016by tracey Comments

 

I find it hard to believe, but people write in and say they miss the blogs.

I know I have backed way off  blogging  the last – yikes – year.  But I have been working hard on a TV project and frankly, in line with my Kardashian blog the other day I started to think blogging was a form of both bragging and at times oversharing. And what was that line?  Did I over step it?  Did people really care? Had I been at it too long? Did I really have anything worth saying?  By the time I started pondering all those questions, I just turned on the TV and thought forget it.

And perhaps the answer to some of those questions is yes, but I guess overwhelmingly it might be no as people seem to miss them.  So, I will try and blog more and always when on the road.

Truth it we have not been on the road much this year.  We have been working and putting dogs to sleep and raising puppies and taken a few business trips.

But yesterday we arrived in Milan.

We come here with some frequency, like every 19 months.  Glenn has business in the South Tyrol which I have blogged about over the years.

In fact, he just took off for there.  This year Lucy and I opted out as unless you hike, one or two trips there is really enough. And there is so much to do here.

In the last two years I have become obsessed modernist and contemporary design with a focus on  60’s and 70’s Italian design.  Furniture, objects and architecture.   I have been studying it, buying a little and looking at a lot.

And Milan is the mother ship as far as that is concerned. So there are many things here I now find very interesting that I never paid any attention to before. Like there are sixty Gio Ponti buildings. Two of which I will be lucky to get to, as if I tell Lucy – guess what no Mosques, but we are going to look at  sixty post war Italian modernist buildings,  she will lock herself in her room.

So yesterday when we got in we changed clothes and went straight to the Triennale di Milano which is a design museum that holds shows and has a permemant collection of important modern and contemporary Italian design from the 1930’s through the present.

We then took a very long cab ride to a place called Spazio 900 which is both a contemporary design museum and store in one! Like you can look at the stuff and buy it — HELLO!!!

Well, I was so excited by this you cannot imagine. But I did not look at the times well enough and while it was open while we ate lunch, but the time we got there  it was closed for two hours.  So we will return tomorrow morning.

So following our normal travel patterns, we drag the kids, in this case only Lucy, to something cultural, usually followed by a meal, then we go shopping. We ended up on the Via Monte Napoleone and then worked our way over to the world’s first indoor mall, The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Dinner was at our favorite place here, Bebel. A small restaurant in a working class neighborhood, but amazing.

By then jet lag hit. We got in a half hour of CNN and the latest goings on in the election and then passed out.

Good to be back in a hotel!!!

Our room. There is more. I just don't like to show it all. Someone said recently "Tracey writes these great travel blog and always shows us where she has sex" I though tat was odd, is that the way this comes off. So not my intent. When I don't show the rooms, some people write in and request it. Shall we say Glenn would love that to be true.
Our room. There is more. I just don’t like to show it all. Someone said recently “Tracey writes these great travel blog and always shows us where she has sex.”  I thought that was odd.  Is that the way this comes off?  So not my intent.  The problems with sharing/ over sharing.  It just became a thing to show the hotel rooms. It actually started I think when I was on book tours alone.   When I don’t show the rooms, some people write in and request it. Shall we say Glenn would only love that to be true.
Trennale Museum
La Trennale Museum
Lucy on the stairs
Lucy on the stairs
They had a show up called YOU which was oddly about the rise in street photography and blogging as the new form of journalism. Very on target.
They had a show up called YOU which was oddly about the rise in street photography, street style and blogging as the new form of journalism. Very on target.

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They started with Bill Cunningham but then focused on many of the modern bloggers. Here is Tavi Gevinson, someone who has always interested me.
They started with Bill Cunningham but then focused on many of the modern bloggers. Here is Tavi Gevinson, someone who has always interested me.
Grazia which is one of my favorite magazines funded the show, which is odd considering it's sort of about the end of the magazine.
Grazia which is one of my favorite magazines funded the show;  which is strange considering it’s sort of about the end of the magazine in general .
Scott Shulman who is The Satorlist and the modern day Bill Cunningham.
Scott Shulman who is The Satorlist and perhaps the new Bill Cunningham.
Lucy making her way to next exhibition.
Lucy making her way to next exhibition.
Women were the focus of all the exhibitions. This one was about weaving used in various art forms.
Women in Italian Design was the focus of  most of the new exhibitions. This one was about weaving used in various art forms.
Loved this.
Loved this.
The main show was about how one thinks Italian design was mostly about men, but this focuses on how important women are and have been in Italian design. This was part of a giant wall map that lists them.
The main show was about how one thinks Italian design was mostly about men, but this focuses on how important women are and have been in Italian design. This was part of a giant wall map that lists them.
The room was packed with all types of objects in modernist Italian design all done by women.
The room was packed with all types of objects in modernist and contemporary  Italian design all done by women.
I don' know who did this but I loved it.
I don’ know who did this but I loved it.
A whimsical table done by the great Gae Aulenti
A whimsical table done by the great Gae Aulenti
One of my favorite 70's Italian designers is Gabriella Crespi, this is not the best example of her work, but the one they happened to have in this show.
One of my favorite 70’s Italian designers is Gabriella Crespi.  This is not the best example of her work, but the one they happened to have in this show.
The restaurant on the top floor is considered a place really worth going for the view. And it is.
The restaurant on the top floor is considered a place really worth going for the view. And it is.
This is part of what you see from the restaurant. The skyline of Milan. Now to bore you a little the two buildings that look like they have vegetation on them do. They are called the Bosco Verticale and are presently thought to be the most important buildings in the world. I will link to them below if you care to know why. The one next to it with the spiral is the Torre Unicredit. Did you like it more when I talked about purses?
This is part of what you see from the restaurant. The skyline of Milan. Now to bore you a little the two buildings that look like they have vegetation on them – do. They are called the Bosco Verticale and are presently thought to be the two of the  most important skyscrapers  in the world.
I will link to them below if you care to know why. The one next to it with the spiral is the Torre Unicredit. Did you like it more when I talked about handbags?
There are two cafes in the museum. The one on top and then a smaller one on the ground floor where each chair is different and each one is an important chair in contemporary or modernist Italian design. Lucy does not know we are going back today as we missed the permanent collection and I want to have a coffee here.
There are two cafes in the museum. The one on top and then a smaller one on the ground floor where each chair is different and each one is an important chair in contemporary  Italian design. Lucy does not know that we are going back today as we missed the permanent collection and I want to have a coffee here and sit in a few of these chairs.
Pretty cool huh? If you are into that stuff.
Pretty cool huh? If you are into that stuff.
One of our goals was to get Glenn two new pairs of Gucci loafers. The dollar goes far at the moment. He refused the show of the moment, the fur backed slipper shoe. What do you think? We dared him. We lost.
One of our goals was to get Glenn two new pair of Gucci loafers. The dollar goes far right now.   He refused the shoe of the moment, the fur backed slipper shoe. What do you think? We dared him. We lost.
A bit of the old Milan.
A bit of the old Milan.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Lucy picked the cafe she wanted us to go to for a snack. The original is across town this one is above the Prada store in the Galleria.
Lucy picked the cafe she wanted us to go to for a snack. The original is across town this one is above the Prada store in the Galleria. It’s got this Wes Anderson vibe she is into.
This explains it.
This explains it. The old one.

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Lucy selected these. We didn't get to touch the little ones, but got to taste the green one which was very almondy and good.
Lucy selected these. We didn’t get to touch the little ones, but got to taste the green one which was very almondy and good.
Nothing like a wall of jam.
Nothing like a wall of jam.
Love these for sale on the street.
Love these for sale on the street.
Every time we are here we have our photo taken in the same spot. First time she is as tall as I am. But she is in heels and Im in flats.
Every time we are here we have our photo taken in the same spot. First time she is as tall as I am. But she is in heels and I’m in flats.
How is this for the old and the new? The Duomo with a Samsung video ad on the side
How is this for the old and the new? The Duomo with a Samsung video ad on the side and it’s covering a stained glass window. I could do without this.
One of our favorite restaurants in the world. Simple, low key, but amazing.
One of our favorite restaurants in the world. Simple, low key, but amazing.
We start with one of these. Pizza Allegra. As soon as we finish Lucy says, "lets get another one."
We start with one of these. Pizza Allegra. As soon as we finish Lucy says, “lets get another one.”
Spaghetti Carbonara - maybe one of my five favorite foods on earth. Perfect end to a perfect day. All we were missing was Taylor and Winnie!
Spaghetti Carbonara – maybe one of my five favorite foods on earth. Perfect end to a perfect day. All we were missing was Taylor and Winnie!

PLACES IN MILAN

BOSCO VERTICALE 

BEBEL

LA TRIENNALE MILANO

PASTICCERIA MARCHESI