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22nd Battalion 2NZEF
"Vrai et Fort"
Return to Trieste - WEEK 1
DAY 2 Sunday 22 May
Milan at last
Being over 1 hour late to Milan (Malpensa Airport) we arrived at the same time as other flights, overwhelming Italian Immigration (or perhaps it is always like this - it IS Italy after all). Long lines of people right back to the airplane doors. Immigration gave up and just mechanically stamped our passports without even looking at the photo. But the speed through immigration was in vain. We had arrived safely, and so had our baggage, all carefully laid out in rows in the baggage area. Our buses were there with drivers and couriers ready with luggage trolleys waiting to load the bags, BUT, the local baggage handlers, now a unionised group, complained to the Police about the presence of our drivers and couriers. So the three-way argument went on and on. Yes I am sure MORE money (ie twice the going rate) would have solved it earlier, but they were already being well paid so why pay them a ransom as well? An hour later, agreement was reached and our bags were loaded ready to go. The hotel could not come fast enough for us tired travellers.
All three buses arrived at the Hotel Jolly Touring at about the same time, despite an attempt to stagger the arrivals. Fortunately our bus (Bus No. 1) was first so we were able to grab our bags and head to our room before the others crowded into the hotel foyer.
The mid-price Hotel Jolly chain have hotels throughout Italy and we found them to be comfortable and of a good standard, especially for a tour group of our size. A good choice Ruth!
Milan - Lunch
Our first shower in 30 hours was short-lived as lunch was to be served at 12.30 sharp. We all arrived, found seats and were treated to our first Italian meal - Minestrone Soup, sliced veal with potatoes and carrots followed by gelato and coffee, washed down of course with vino rosso - Cavalchina 2003.
Sunday in Milan
A fine afternoon led us out onto the streets of Milan near the hotel, passing the Porta Nuova, part of the original wall around the city. The tour guide tells us
Being Sunday, few shops were open, and there were few people about, except those walking dogs. We came across this large dog in a nearby street, the owner telling us that it weighed 80kg.
Dinner that evening consisted of rice Risotto, pork slices with peas, fruit for desert and of course vino rosso.
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