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The Devil Wears Prada

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The Duomo of Milan…
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It’s All Saints’ Day so we thought it appropriate to visit Milan’s impressive cathedral for Mass, and we expected to find it packed with pious Italians. Imagine our surprise when we discovered that barely a handful of celebrants had shown up and most of the choristers were having the day off. It’s a religious holiday so where were all the Milanese? At the shops of course. After all, this is Milan. God may dwell in the Duomo, but the Devil wears Prada…
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And when it comes to a toss-up between three alleluias, two amens, and these nifty little numbers from Dolce & Gabbana at $3,000 each, we all know where the average Italian man will put his money if he wants to get lucky…
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On the other hand the average Canadian, (namely James), is much more likely to have accidentally left his credit card at the hotel. Milan is at the epicenter of the world of fashionistas and there is no shortage of places for them to worship…
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All the renowned fashion houses are here, along with many we’ve never heard of, but Milan isn’t all about shopping. It has some splendid architecture and this is the well-preserved 15th century fortress of Castello Sforzesco….
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However, this is the disappointingly bland façade of the world famous La Scala opera house…
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But, despite it’s many churches and sacred buildings, the true bastion of religion in this bustling Lombardy city is the great crystal-roofed cathedral of the splendid Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II; an opulent shrine dedicated to worshippers of conspicuous consumption that houses the icons of wealth and one-upmanship that make Milan the dream of every shopaholic. Come and enjoy, but make sure you bring your flexible friend if you want to take home this nice little alligator bag for just $2,500…
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Posted by Hawkson 09:20 Archived in Italy

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What European economic crisis, eh? All seems well in Milan.
La Scala! I wonder what the inside looks like. An opera-goers Mecca. Couldn't quite make out what's playing.

by R and B

This brings back memories of our two days in Milan. We stayed at a neat little hotel close to the attractions and were able to walk everywhere. Coming back through the streets at dusk we saw the homeless people with their big dogs.

by The Vickerage

Ah! material excess - Live simply so that others simply might live (Ghandi)

by marilyn miller

Only in my dreams :-)

by Maxine Stewart

I agree with Marilyn, I have been to 3 different Occupy venues...Victoria, Nanaimo, and Vancouver, and people are fed up with corporate and elete greed. Cant believe the prices...yikes...Jean

by Jean

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