Friday, 24 March 2017

Milan On a Budget: €40 Day Trip

My first taster of Italy was a day trip to Milan This Tuesday. I flew out at 8 am and flew back to England at 10 pm. Milan is arguably one of the most expensive cities in Europe, and I wanted to see if I could do it on a budget and still have fun.

Transport: 20

I took the Express train from Milan Malpensa airport to the city centre. The journey took roughly 45 minutes and it was a very spacious train. 

Lunch/snack: 2.70

After doing research online I learnt that 
panzerotti is a popular kind of Italian street food which is popular in Milan. It is like fried dough which is stuffed with a filling of your choice. So I went to Luini which is the most popular place for panzerotti, and had one filled with mozzarella and prosciutto. 

 Duomo Cathedral: free

This is one of Milan's most popular attractions, and is very similar to the Duomo in Cologne, Germany. I decided to wander around the outside and had a quick browse inside. There is an option to pay and go up to the rooftop terraces...but I decided against this seeing as it was a budget trip.

Castello Sforzesco: free

Well...this was another beautiful free attraction in Milan. It is a beautiful castle which is free to enter and wander around. There is a museum inside that costs money, but from what I saw it is not worth the visit. 

Gelato: 3.50

What is a trip to Italy without gelato?. I stopped off at an organic gelato shop to try some. Mine was flavoured with a mix of passion fruit and raspberry. I love the way that they carve it into a cute petal pattern. 

Pinacoteca di Brera: free

This was another free attraction in the artistic Brera district. It is a small public art gallery with many sculptures. I like the fact that all the sculptures had a roman theme.   

Dinner & Wine : £13.00

Pizza and red wine are another "must have" when in Italy. So I finished my day off with a trip to an Italian restaurant and pigged out. I don't know how...but I actually finished all of that pizza.

                                     TOTAL EXPENDITURE: €39.20

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Sunday, 5 March 2017

March Inspirations♥

So I did a blog post last spring about my inspirations, and thought that it would be fun to look back at what inspired me this time last year. Lets see if I tried to follow through with what inspired me.

So my Spring 2016 inspirations were...
1. Trench coats ( yes I bought a beige trench coat) 
2. Double sided earrings ( yes I now own 2 pairs) 
3. Visiting Scandinavia ( yes I went to Denmark and Norway) 
4. Buy a car ( Nope...changed my mind a car is not a priority)
5. Yoga ( yes I tried it once at home and did not like it) 
6. Colourful post it notes ( yes and they helped me to study)

and now moving on to the spring inspirations for this year...

Lets start with bralettes. I can't decide if they add an element of seduction or sophistication. I have always been inspired by them, but have never bought one because I am big breasted. Second on the list are infinity rings. There is something spiritual that draws me towards the symbol. The third and final of my fashion inspirations this season are mini skirts. I went through a phase of skinny jeans...and now I'm inspired by skirts. They just make me feel more feminine. 


Italy is top of the travel inspirations this year. I will be going to Milan at the end of this month, and to Rome in May. Starting a travel fund is second on the list. I would like to start a travel savings fund so that I am able to visit at least 2 new countries every year. And the final inspiration symbolises a beach birthday holiday. Next year I want to be on a beach on my birthday. 

I have been meaning to get into meditation. Yoga was a fail but it doesn't mean that meditation has to be. I have been told that it helps with stress and would like to test this theory. The second inspiration is to eat healthy. I feel like I need to cut down on meat and increase my veg intake. The third and final inspiration is to keep out negative people and negative energy.   

                   Stay inspired...

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