4 Days in Milan, Italy

Back in March, we took our biannual trip to Milan to attend a shoe fair.  Here is a travel diary in pictures of the things we saw, food we ate and places we enjoyed when we were not previewing fall 2013 shoe trends.  Click on the photos below for details.

Travel Journal: Milan/MICAM Day 3 & 4

This is a continuation of a previous post. To read Part 1 and 2, go here then here.


Another night of restless sleep, but I had a super busy day ahead of me. No rest for the weary! So I passed on the platform sandals and wore some flats instead. I knew my feet would be happier in the long run because I had a lot of walking to do!

Entrance to Fiera Milano

Off to the show I went. I worked with several of our vendors detailing styles, colors and taking pictures so I would know what to buy when I got back to Seattle. It’s fun, but around 3:00 the jet lag set in so I decide to call it quits for the day. Sometimes it’s best to stop when you are tired, otherwise you come back home and think, “what was I doing buying that purple suede, orange platform boot?”

Vialis Spring 2013

I opt to take the green line to the Moscova stop and shop via Garibaldi. I love all the shop windows and how these small stores take pride in their businesses. Whether its a clothing boutique or a grocery store, it doesn’t matter. The art of merchandising and display is alive and well in this city.

A shop window at a tile store.

After a little rest, I meet my friends for dinner at Pepino. Good company and great food make all the difference when you are traveling for work. It’s a nice way to decompress from the long day. By the time I got back to my room it was almost midnight!


Last day in Milan. Cristina meets me at the show entrance at 9:30 am. We only have a few vendors to visit and we finish very quickly. We have been working together for years and as a team we are very efficient. I thank her for her time and we say our goodbyes. We look forward to seeing each other again in March.

The grounds at Fiera Milano

There is still a couple of neighborhoods I hadn’t shopped so I take the subway back to the Brera neighborhood to have a little lunch and shop more windows. By 3:00, I am all shopped out so I head back to the hotel for some rest.

A florist shop in the Brera neighborhood.

In the early evening I grab my i-Pad and visit my favorite bar in the neighborhood, the Mag Bar. I start blogging my first entry for this series. A couple of Aperol Spritz later, I start to get hungry. I walk to a pizza-to-go place, grab my food to take it to my room, eat and finish packing. I force myself to go to bed early for a cab awaits me at 5:30 am to take me to the Linate airport in the morning.

Mag Bar

Blogging and enjoying an Aperol Spritz.

It was a good trip, but I was ready to come home. You’ll just have to wait until January to start seeing all the new spring collections coming to re-souL. I hope you will be pleased.

Travel Journal: Milan/ MICAM Day 1

Every six months we are fortunate to come to Milan for a footwear trade show called MICAM. It is one of the largest shoe fairs around and people from all over the world come to attend. I have been coming to this show more times than I can count, but I still get excited to see what our vendors have in store for us for the upcoming season. This is a journal of my last trip.



Looking down the street of Ripa di Porta Ticinese, Navigli District

I arrive in Milan in the morning and lucky for me, the B&B that I stay at, has my room ready.
I am able to take a nap! ( I hardly slept at all on the 14 hours of plane flights. ) Mid-morning turns to late afternoon when I had awaken from my nap. I shower, change and head out to the streets to take in the store windows. I wander down along the Navigli, up to Corso di Porta Ticinese and walk further up Via Torino until I end up at the Duomo.


The Duomo, Milan

That evening I meet my italian friend Cristina for a drink. We stayed close to the Duomo as she had dinner plans of her own. It was lovely to see her and it was good to catch up.


Ristorante Num Semm Chi

I later headed back to Navigli for an early dinner. I was still tired and wanted to be close to my little B&B. As I walked home, I was intrigued by a restaurant called “NSC”. It had outdoor seating and decorated quite modern with white walls, a crystal chandelier, reclaimed wood tables and french cafe chairs. It looked like it was packed with locals, so I gave it a try. I was not disappointed at all. It was delicious! The buratta and polpettone made of eggplant was scrumptious.


Porpettone di Melanzane ed Burrata appetizer from NSC

Feeling fat and sleepy I decide to turn it in for the night and save my energy for the next day. I knew I had a long day of walking ahead of me.

to be continued……