Today was going to be a busy busy day! We left Turin and headed to Milan, fashion capital of the World!! On the way we stopped at a lovely seaside town on Lake Lugano called Stresa. Let me tell you, it was anything but stressful here. Mom and I wanted to stay forever, our tour guide literally had to drag us back on to the bus. I promised her that when I am rich and famous someday, I will buy her a villa here.
Milan was just as I expected. Gucci, Prada, Fendi, etc, etc etc, I could go on and on. We visited to gorgeous Piazza del Duomo which was a gothic cathedral even more impressive than the one we saw in Florence. We also stopped by a mosaic on the sidewalk when we saw several people grounding their heals onto something. We asked what was going on and it turns out that if you gound your right heal onto the "balls of the bull" pictured here, that you will have a life of good luck. I of course took advantage! As we were heading back to our bus one of the street vendors placed corn in Mom's hand. Suddenly a huge flock of pigions attacked her from every direction! After this "experience" the vendor asked us for 5 Euro. Sorry, but No thanks. I gave him 5 Euro cent instead. lol.
Now we were heading to Switzerland. Home to one of lifes sweetest passions, CHOCOLATE! Althogh this was going to be a quick stop and we would only have time to visit a few places I spent all of my time in the Chocolatiers. We sampled cherry liquor truffels, rasberry chocolate tarts, key lime white coconut patties, brandy dipped dark chocolates, you name it! My throat and stomach were both coated with chocolate for the next several hours, it was quite an intense feeling!!