Faraway Files #21

Sforza Castle

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Recently I was “enticed” to Milan by a friend who was attending a tradeshow in the city. Honestly, I had not given much priority to visiting Milan because I am drawn to the undeniable beauty of Florence and Venice and the majesty of Rome.  But I will never say no to a trip to Italy.

I was expecting a big, industrial city and Milan is certainly that. What I had not anticipated was a city that owed so much of its past to one of the most important figures the world has ever known. Leonardo da Vinci is everywhere in Milan and this proved to be a theme as I explored the city.

Thanks to everyone who joined the Faraway Files link up last week. As always I loved reading your stories but funnily enough, I was drawn to those posts on areas we are planning to visit in the coming months.

Norway is a place I have always wanted to visit since my cousin went there as an exchange student and brought me back a Viking boat necklace. Nell’s breathtaking photos of Flåm and Stegastein made me gasp at their sheer beauty. As a result, we are now actively planning a trip to that region later in the year.

Champagne anyone? I only need one reason to visit the Champagne region of France but Ruth gave us 9! This region is near the top of my list of places to visit in France. I cannot wait to explore those caves.

I loved reading Bryna’s account of the Amalfi Coast on a rainy day in winter. All the images you see of that area of Italy are of its picturesque shores bathed in sunlight. Bryna was able to convey a different kind of beauty with her beautiful photos and insight.


da vinci milan

Staying in Italy (of course!), this week I am sharing my post on discovering the Milan of Leonardo da Vinci. The great artist and scientist was born in Florence but had an enormous impact on the city of Milan – from its food culture to its system of canals.

About Faraway Files

Faraway Files is a weekly travel link up hosted by Katy from Untold Morsels, Erin from Oregon Girl around the World and Clare from Suitcases and Sandcastles.

Faraway Files is a weekly file of the best travel ideas on the web. We want to dream of faraway places, make new travel plans and share our travel secrets. Inspire us to travel to new places or revisit a place we thought we knew. We know that you can feel faraway even when you’re close to home so share your experiences of travels near and far wherever you are in the world.

We’d love you to join us in building a supportive community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favourites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

How it works

✪ The link up will go live every Thursday at 8am, UK time, until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles and Oregon Girl Around the World.

✪ This week I’m hosting the link up so link up a travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge available below to your blog or link back to the hosts.

✪ Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all three of the hosts’ posts and at least one other.

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