Since moving to Paris in July I have been very quiet on the blogging side of things, mainly because I’ve started a new job (which I’m loving) and because I was writing my thesis at the same time (wasn’t loving that so much).
Last Friday I finally finished my master thesis – 2 minutes before the deadline, it was tight – and after an eventful night of losing my keys and having to pay someone to break into my apartment, I finally had time to take little breather before heading to Milan Saturday morning.
A city I’ve been lucky to discover more and more in the past year; Milan is somewhere I would definitely like to live in the future. Although it’s not known for being the most beautiful city in Italy (in fairness, there is tough competition), it has a certain charm with the old architecture meeting the new, more industrial and structural forms.
I find the fashion in Milan is also representative of this contrast, with noble materials being cut in sharp angles and the laid back street style still having a touch of luxe in that signature Made in Italy style.
Top discovery of the trip in terms of food was definitely Carlo e Camilla, a restaurant hidden in what appears from the outside to be a factory. In fact, it’s an old sawmill which has been stripped down and decorated with large chandeliers and long banquet tables.
The concept is that you share your table with everyone else at the restaurant, although there’s lots of space and it remains intimate.
The food is to die for and on request of a vegetarian anti-pasti, the chefs whipped something up in no time. The cocktail menu is full of surprises, with the Pink Chihuahua taking gold for me.
Combining the trip to Milan with something cultural/artistic was of course at the top of the list, with the Prada Foundation taking up the majority of our Sunday evening.
You won’t find a Prada handbag in sight and the actual structure itself is reminiscent of a prison. I can’t admit to really understanding what the whole concept was about, between the haunted house and hard ware art. I guess that’s modern art!
Getting lost in the Fondazione Prada is actually quite scary – the building has a very heavy yet empty atmosphere which is heightenened by the art – perhaps the achievement of creating such an ambience is an art in itself.
So yes, my first blog post from Paris is indeed about Milan. Let’s just blame the thesis for that one!