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Duomo CathedralThe front facade of this symbol of Milan is undergoing restoration.
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Cathedral and Piazza del Duomo
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Cathedral and Duomo Metro Station
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Cathedral and Lion with Pigeons
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Inside the Cathedral
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Cathedral pillars
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Cathedral stained glass
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Cathedral side
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Piazza del Duomo
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Palazzo RealeNext to the Cathedral is this centuries-old former palace is now a grand exhibition space.
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Palazzo Reale entrance to photo exhibitionThe Palazzo Reale happened to have a photo exhibition by Italian photographers.
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Photo exhibition at Palazzo Reale
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La Scala Opera House
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Leonardo da Vinci sculpture at Piazza della ScalaThis is in front of La Scala.
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Kiosk
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Sandwiches
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Graffiti on buildings and streetcars
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Graffiti
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Pay phoneIt took me 30 min. to figure out how to use the pay phone in Italy. First, I had to find a snack bar (not kiosk) that sold telephone cards. I inserted the card, but it was rejected. I inserted the card in all possible ways, but it was still rejected. Finally, an old Italian lady walking by saw my plight and pointed to a corner of the card where I supposed to tear it off. So I tore it off, and finally the phone accepted my card. (In Japan, telephone cards can be inserted as is.)

So I dial the number and waited for the ring tone. But nothing. So I hang up and dial again several times, but the call still didn't go through. Then I noticed a Select Language button on the phone and set it to English. I read the LCD screen and followed the directions. A-ha, after dialing the number, I supposed to press the OK button (like the Enter key on a computer). Finally, my friend answers my call. (We don't need to press any OK button in the US or Japan.)
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Castello SforzescoFormer fortress now houses a number of excellent museums. Big and very impressive.
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Metro stationAmendola Fiera station on the Red Line. Buying a ticket is easier at a kiosk than with the vending machine written in Italian.
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Red line metroDuomo Station.
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Yellow line metro
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Inside the subway
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Milan Central StationThis was after the train ride from Venice.
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Train at Milan station (front end) just arrived from Venice
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Malpensa Express at CardonaA good way to get to and from Malpensa Airport. Takes about 40 min. The train is double decker. A lot of Italian trains are double decker, but shorter than Japanese trains.
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Inside Malpensa ExpressLuggage rack provided.
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Malpensa Express window view (graffiti)Milan was where I landed, and I took the Malpensa Express from which I saw so much graffiti. My first impression of Italy: There's a lot of graffiti.

I thought it was only along the train tracks, but graffiti is all over the city as well.
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Designer toilet?
   
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