It is Monday in Milan and today is shopping day! We head off to Corse Buenos Aires, one of the main shopping streets in Milan. My favourite shop Desigual (as you know by now) has a big branch there. There after we will visit Fox town one of the outlet malls just outside Milan in Switzerland!
Desigual does not disappoint, we will concern ourselves later regarding luggage and weight issues. If there was any doubt that fox town would be our next destination it is irradiated when we learn that there is a Desigual outlet store- I am in shopping heaven.
Fellow South Africans would appreciate our childlike joy with the idea of traveling in more than one country in the same day. With all the borders open in Europe is a matter of just driving through the border post and there you are a whole new country. About an hour’s drive north of Milan we find ourselves in Mendrisio, Switzerland probably mostly known as the home of at least 160 outlet stores all housed in an enormous mall called fox town.
Lunch was a quick bite on the road (left overs from yesterday’s elaborate picnic) shopping waits for no one! Hubby is overjoyed to oblige, for the pure pleasure of visiting another country in the same day. Exhausted after a fruitful day we head back to Italy and find a quaint little inn – Albergo Arcade about 500m from the town of Como at the foot of the lake with the same name.
We are famished and the eccentric inn keeper looks as if he dates back to the building of the Inn (about 1850) himself. He offers us a room saying “It will be 50 euros, breakfast not included, which we do not serve in any case”. Fortunately dinner is served in the downstairs dining room and soon we are very cosy with a glass of local vino, a zuppa (soup) of the day and some ossobucco (calve‘s shins slowly braised) and lumache (snails) and fungi (mushrooms).
A word of advice, always travel with a phrasebook in a country where you do not fully understand the language. We have noticed that very few people in the smaller centres understand English and on this specific occasion the menu had a lot of potential pitfalls featuring kidneys, hearts and livers, which we happily negotiated past, with the help of said phrasebook!