Making Memories in Milan

The sun is beginning to set as we pour beer into glasses on the rooftop. The bright blue sky has turned a greyish-pink color and the air is beginning to bite but it doesn’t matter. We share a homemade panini and bakery fresh butter cookies as we watch the Milan skyline begin to glow as darkness arrives.

(If you haven’t noticed yet, we love seeing cities from above. Check out the views of Marseille, Valencia and Toledo here.) 

There’s no one here but us. We have the entire 360 degree view of the city all to ourselves thanks to Airbnb. This is one of our favorite rentals for the rooftop space alone, but the inside is just as exciting. It’s open and bright with the same great views of the city. We even had our own lemon trees!

We’re feeling very lucky tonight. We’ve been travelling back-to-back days and some things have become a blur. This is where we slow down and recognize how fortunate we are to be able to do this, to throw caution to the wind, quit our jobs and see what the world has to offer, together. Is it risky? Of course. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

Two people smiling on a rooftop with the city of Milan in the background at dusk

Earlier in the day we’d checked out the obligatory parts of Milan, taking the metro to the Piazza del Duomo. We’ve encountered plenty of pushy street salesman along our journey but the men at the Duomo forcing fistfuls of corn (for the pigeons) at you are the worst at taking “no” for an answer. We hung around and took pictures anyway. Inside the Duomo is dark and heavy, but beautiful nonetheless.

Back at “home” the garden is full of lights and we had them all on as we enjoyed the last few hours of the evening. We thought it was lovely but we soon found out that view wasn’t shared by our host, Cristina.

A garden with trees and bushes with lights

The phone rang but we didn’t have time to get to it before she was putting keys in our door. Jared jumped out of the shower, grabbed a towel and opened the door. “The lights, the lights!” she cried, “like Christmas!” Cristina was not impressed. She assumed we were out and was going to come in and turn them off. Instead she got Jared in towel and kept covering her eyes and saying “so sorry!”

The next morning as we were leaving, we stopped by Cristina’s apartment to hand over the keys and introduce ourselves, fully clothed. We both apologized for the lighting incident and laughed about it. Her husband Sandro then offered to drive us to the train station, which we accepted. He taught us how to say “molte grazie” and then we were on our way. 

Two people smiling on a balcony at night with the city of Milan in the background

Overall, Milan was a wonderful stop on our list – lights and all.

Have you visited Milan? Share your story in the comments below! 

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