On April 20 Dave and I took a quick trip to Northern Italy for our 19th Anniversary and to celebrate the his entering the mission field in Milan 25 years ago. We stayed at the beautiful Hyatt Park Milan Hotel, right next to the Duomo. The first night we ate at Trattoria Arlati dal 1936. It was delicious! Never a bad bite in Italy. We took a bike tour of the city, guided by Dave, and went to Giardini Piducci (Public Garden), then we went to Sforzeso Castle. Everything was so accessible.
Right after I took this picture of the famous Pieta, the guard said no photography allowed...so I got lucky. The armor was really interesting and looked so heavy. The horses had armor, too! We saw the remains of a Saint that died in 397 AD. It was amazing. (The big event of the trip was a day with a private chef. Next post...)
We took the train to Como and rode the ferry around the lake to Bellagio. It was cloudy, but I was grateful for only a few drops of rain. We walked to Villa Melzi and toured the gorgeous gardens. The hillside around the lake was dotted with beautiful villas and mansions. It was so much bigger than I thought it would be.