Monday, March 13, 2017

Milan, Day 1: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the high-end shopping mall next to Milan Duomo. The retailers include a book store, luxury brands, galleries, cafes, restaurants, and a gourmet food market.

The shopping mall is named after the first king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II. It was designed by Giuseppe Mengoni in 1861. The architect fell to his death while supervising the construction of the building in 1877. What makes the building special is the iron-and-glass roof, which has undergone many restorations.

The shopping mall was insanely crowded during weekend as if all the people in Milan were here to meet and greet.

Inside the building, you will find a bull on the floor of the center. Rumor says if you step on the bull’s testicles and spin a full circle, it will bring you good luck. Right, if you also believe Santa Clause is real. Not surprisingly, loads of tourists came here to do the spin. Tourists are so daft, they fall for everything. You can clearly see the floor has sunk in the area where bull’s genitals are. They need to patch the floor up soon. You can't see the testicles anymore. The balls are gone.

Since Milan is the fashion capital, you might wonder if people in Milan are fashionable. Occasionally you see a few stylish ones but plainly dressed people still greatly outnumber well dressed people. Well, economy is not exactly rosy these days, and it’s global. Also, there’s a lot tourists walking around. Tourists usually just dress for comfort.

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