Feras and I were traveling by Inter-rail to Milan last summer. It was an enjoyable trip. We had booked our room in advance at the Mercure Milano Carso Genova Hotel which we liked very much. As the hotel was centrally located, it provided us a great base for exploring Milan. The place we visited first was the Milan Cathedral. It was a marvelous Gothic styled cathedral with a- guess what- golden Madonna statue on the top! Feras said the golden statue was the symbol of Milan. It already dazzled us from afar. Inside of the cathedral was as charming as outside. We confronted with hundreds of marble statues; it was probably the largest marble statue collection in the world. We visited the Teatro alla Scala next which was in the very vicinity. We learned that it was among the most famous opera houses in the world. What impressed me in Milan most was the Castello Sforzesco. It is maybe because I am an artist at heart. The castle is now the home of the city museum and many art gallery collections. I visited the Museum of Musical Instruments and explored the Applied Arts Collection eagerly. We were very surprised at the size of the castle. There were so many museums inside! If you wonder about what it was that Feras was impressed most, I can say that it was the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It was a grand shopping mall with a glass dome. It must be very nice to look at the glass dome and watch outside while it is raining. There sold anything one could need at the mall and there were also very classy restaurants, but they must admit that they are very expensive- especially for two poor students! We couldn’t shop at Gucci, Prada or Louis Vuitton of course, but even looking at the shops was also fun enough. By the end of our Milan trip, we were sorry to be leaving this great city. Thus, we got on the train with a sad expression on our faces. Good bye Milan- I will come back one day!

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