6th December - 11th December '12
As an Artist I love to travel, I believe it broadens your mind and you learn to love and respect different cultures and traditions.
In December '12, myself and my best friend Ruqaya decided to fly away to Milan, one of the fashion capitals of the world.
The journey from London to Milan only lasted an hour and 10minutes and luckily we got there super early so we hadn't lost a day.
Street performances from free lance graffiti, musical instruments and singers... All around the liven up the city. Perfection!
As the first day we decided to stay local and do some shopping for our hotel, dining at the local restaurant and enjoying the change of scenery.
We managed to wake up every morning super early and plan the day so we don't miss anything out.
The second day we decided to visit the markets in Central Milan, nothing like what I expected.
The markets, hundreds, all lined beside each other selling clothes, head scarves, chocolate and even olive oil... Almost everything was available, at very decent prices too!
Me and Ruqaya decided to buy our mothers a large bottle of olive oil, which didn't work well trying to get it in our hand luggage at departure, nevertheless, €5 is a bargain!
Beside the markets was standing, the most incredibly built cathedral Duomo... May I add, growing up into gloomy and gothic like images and environment I fell in love instantly! I stood staring at Duomo for ages, studying the architecture, analysing every piece... It just blew me away.
After a long wait, we managed to enter Duomo, stunning! The dimmed lights, the drawings, the paintings, the colour... Everything was just too beautiful, even now after almost a year since visiting, I can still picture Duomo and it's beauty.
It was time to head back, so we got on the train and got off at our stop, luckily the tran stopped outside the hotel so it wasn't very scary at all - worse thing I want is to get lost on my travels. Although, it's not always bad to be lost sometimes...
The third day, GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II !!! As Ruqaya and myself work crazy hours, we thought why not treat ourselves to some retail loving, pampering session and some Italian dining. Yum yum.!
Gucci to Louis Vuitton, from Fendi to Chanel... Store by store, each consisted of the best collection each brand had... I however managed to find myself a beautiful blazer from Zara, just happened to be on the SALE rail too, everybody loves a bargain! Don't deny it!
As each day passed, we fell more and more in love with Milan, although if I'm being completely honest the food wasn't much to my liking, the overall experience was hilarious, amazing and one to always refer back to.
It was really weird to explain how I actually felt of the journey when I came back as it was a big change to all the other countries I had visited but now I've collected my thoughts, I actually can't wait to visit again.
On our last night, we decided to travel around Milan for our last time, although it started snowing we couldn't let snow get in the way of our plans! So, took a visit to the Picasso gallery next to the Cathedral Duomo and snapped our lives away...