07.12.2012 - 09.12.2012 2 °C
Yes, that's right - we've had snow!!!
On Friday afternoon, when I wrote my last entry it was snowing. It kept on snowing into the evening, and in no time at all everything had a beautiful white coating over it. I was out in the garden without a coat catching snowflakes on my tongue and trying to photograph them. I so hope that this col weather will stay - I'm dreaming of a white Christmas!
On Saturday, Laura and Riccardo, who are some close friends of the Barcella family took me to the little mountain town of Selvino. This trip was already planned before the snow, but we were very lucky that it had snowed before we went there, as it was absolutely stunningly picturesque. (Lots of adverbs and adjectives, I know - but the situation necessitates it!) We took a funicular from Albino, which is only 20 mins drive from home up to Selvino, which is at 1000m. The Funicular offered wonderful views over the mountains and the various little towns and right to Milan, but when we arrived Selvino was a beautiful sight in itself. As it was the feast of the Immaculate Conception, we first went to Mass in Selvino, which was a in a very beautiful church with lots of paintings, that was surprisingly big considering the size of the town, and whats more very full.
Other than the church, Selvino was very much a typical little mountain town in the style of buildings, and reminding me very much of a French ski village. Anyway, a picture's worth a thousand words, so rather than me writing thousands of words, here are some photos:
There are some more photos in my photo gallery that I haven't actually put in the entry.
After seeing Selvino, we took another, smaller funicular further up the mountain, to 1375m, to have lunch at a wonderful restaurant with 180 degree views from its glass walls. As there was a chocolate festival in Selvino, the menu was chocolate themed. I had cocoa gnocchi in a tomato and meat ragout - It was actually really nice!
Then, today I was taken by some other friends to visit Milan. Due to it being a Sunday and getting close to Christmas, everywhere was absolutely packed! I went and visited the Duomo, the Castello Sforzesco and the Arco della Pace, walked through some markets (they seemed to go on forever, we only did a fraction of them) and then looked around a few shops. The Duomo was absolutely stunning and inconceivably huge, although I was a bit creeped out by the fact that they had the embalmed bodies of a couple of bishops on display. I did enjoy the day, and enjoyed seeing the big tourist sites, although the whole thing was a bit stressful as everywhere was absolutely packed. Outside certain popular shops, there were long lines, as staff were having to only let a certain number of people in at a time.