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Thursday, 16 July 2015

EUROPE TRIP 2015 - Flying Qatar Airways from Singapore to MILAN, Italy!

EUROPE TRIP 2015
First stop - MILAN CITY 

Sara Shantelle Lim on Qatar Airways - Business Class seat

EUROPE TRIP 2015 - My whole family and I flew Qatar Airways for the first time from Singapore to Milan, Italy and it was a wonderful experience. While we made ​​our way to Singapore Changi Airport, cousin Enne actually came to the airport to send us off. How sweet of her!



Qatar Airways is dubbed as the "World's Best Airline" and AWARDED "Airline of the Year" in 2015 by Skytrax awards. All the air crew were extremely warm, friendly and had wide smiles on their faces at all times. They were very attentive as one of them actually asked whether she could get me anything to make me feel better as I was sniffling a little. On board all Qatar flights, there is free flow of all kinds of drinks including champagne! The entertainment on board also provided the latest movie releases and I did not feel bored at any point in time on the flight. An Economy air ticket from Singapore to Milan costs around SGD $ 2,000 and a business class air ticket costs around SGD $ 6000. However, do note that we had a short 2.5 hours stopover at Doha's HAMAD International Airport where we get to enjoy shopping and indulge in some delicious food and drinks. HAMAD International Airport is World Class as it is extremely new, modern, clean and most importantly we were surprised to find Luxury boutique brands such as Chanel, Hermes, Bvlgari, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tiffany & Co etc. Secret tip: The Hermes Boutique had several pieces of Lindy handbags and Evelyn handbags in various colors. Prices are extremely attractive as well as it is duty-free or tax-free prices! We enjoyed shopping and bought several duty-free items!

The SG Sisters at DOHA Hamad International Airport

Arrival at MILAN, CITY
                                                           
MILAN, ITALY - Milan is an industrial powerhouse, home to Italy's stock exchange and internationally recognized as one of the world's most important fashion capital. It is the second most populous city of Italy and it is the home of several leading fashion designers which includes Prada, Gianni Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Trussardi etc. I am so lucky to be able to travel to Europe with my whole family and I was incredibly happy to be able to share this memorable experience with my loved ones. We enjoyed sight-seeing, indulged in gourmet food at Michelin starred restaurants and went shopping at all my favorite luxury brand shops! Shopping in Europe is great as prices are much more attractive! My sister Lora and Chris took many wedding photos with various iconic monuments and beautiful architecture building during this trip. They have so many wedding photos taken in different countries already! I am looking forward to my sister Lora's wedding in February 2015 as it is going to be a really exciting wedding featuring all their interesting wedding photos taken in various exotic locations!

Piazza del Duomo "Cathedral Square"
Main city square of Milan and is named after the Duomo Cathedral. 



THE CATHEDRAL MILAN -  MILAN CATHEDRAL
Milan's No.1 Attraction
The SG Sisters at the main entrance of MILAN CATHEDRAL in Milan

MILAN CATHEDRAL (Milan Cathedral) - The Cathedral is the number one tourist attraction in Milan City. It is conveniently located right in the heart of Milan City at Piazza del Duomo also known as the "Cathedral Square" and is open to visitors daily from 8am to 9pm. All of us bought the ticket CATHEDRAL PASS costing EUR $15.50 which includes lift access to the rooftop terraces to enjoy panoramic views of Milan's city. Alternatively, if you prefer to climb to the top by stairs which covers over 200 steps, you can buy a cheaper ticket. The Duomo Cathedral in Milan is the largest Gothic Cathedral in the World, the 5th largest church in the World and the largest church in Italy Which took over 500 years to build. It is famous for its sheer size, its complex architecture and long construction time. It has a total of 136 spires and pinnacles and it is highly recommended to head to the rooftop terrace on top as the view is breath-taking and you get to see the grotesque figures up close.

Take the lift up to the rooftop terrace of The Duomo Cathedral to enjoy panoramic views
Lovely view from the top of the Duomo Di Milano
 Dancing in front of The Duomo Cathedral under the sunlight

VIDEO - THE SISTERS SG inside The Duomo Cathedral 
in Milan, Italy (must watch!)


Inside The Duomo Cathedral - all visitors are to dress modestly by covering up!
Lora Christelle Lim saying a prayer inside The Duomo Cathedral in Milan
Sara Shantelle Lim at the highest peak on the rooftop terrace of The Duomo Cathedral
Family photo with The Duomo Cathedral in Milan
The SG Sisters at The Duomo of Milan Cathedral in Milan

CATHEDRAL purchase your tickets online at its official website at  http://www.duomomilano.it/en/


MUSEUM OF THE CATHEDRAL - "The Cathedral Museum"

Lora and the "modellone" architectural model Which is 1:20 stairs to The Duomo Cathedral

MUSEUM OF THE CATHEDRAL - As we bought the "CATHEDRAL PASS" ticket, it included free admission into the Museum Del Duomo situated just beside the Duomo Cathedral. Opened in 1953 by art critic Ugo Nebbia, the Cathedral Museum houses the materials connected to the history and construction of the Duomo Cathedral That are well kept, maintained and preserved. Inside, we were able to see the uniqueness of each individual statue up-close and what really captivated us were the 150 "Gargoyles" which were grotesque looking water sprouts which had a symbolic meaning and purpose Which is to protect the Duomo Cathedral by keeping evil and its forces at bay. Inside the museum, visitors can take a look at the architectural models of the Duomo Cathedral, Tapestries, Paintings, Stained Glass, Sculpture and a special Treasury that houses religious objects. Admission tickets are EUR$2 and more info can be found at their official website at  http://museo.duomomilano.it/en/ . The Cathedral Museum is highly recommended for those who wish to learn more about how the Duomo Cathedral is pieced together with different materials, sculptures, statues and the history in depth about its long period of construction.

Sara Shantelle Lim with an architectural model of The Duomo Cathedral
The SG Sisters inside the Museo del Duomo in Milan
Sara Shantelle Lim inside The DUOMO Cathedral Museum

TEATRO ALLA SCALA
Open daily from 9am - 5pm
Tickets cost US $ 7 each


Scala Theatre - One of the most famous Opera House in the World with renowned and world class performances taking place almost every day of the calendar year. As tickets sold out very quickly, it is highly recommended that you purchase your tickets online in advance. It also has a museum which houses precious collection of art and books in the library. With the help of the government, 50 citizens managed to wring the collection of American multimillionaire JP Morgan which was given to Milan city. Over the years, numerous donations and purchases were added to the Sambon collection which is today one of the richest and most envied collection in the World.

Lora Christelle Lim dancing inside the Teatro alla Scala in Milan 
Lora Christelle Lim got the best seats in the house to watch the Teatro all Scala Opera inside

Love the red velvet and gold interiors inside the Teatro alla Scala in Milan
The SG Sisters inside the Teatro alla Scala in Milan
Sara Shantelle Lim entering the library inside the Teatro alla Scala in Milan
Sara Shantelle Lim and one of the World's most expensive art collection in the Teatro alla Scala
Sara Shantelle Lim and one of the World's most expensive art collection in the Teatro alla Scala
Candid shot inside Teatro alla Scala with mummy!
Lora Christelle Lim with custom masterpiece from the opera Turandot by Puccini

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Address: Piazza Duomo, 20123, Milan, Italy
Opening hours: Daily from 9 am-7pm
* Luxury brands shopping mall located beside The Duomo Cathedral

The SG Sisters at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan

GALLERY Vittorio Emanuele II - Located just beside the Duomo Cathedral lies Milan's most magnificent shopping mall designed by architect Giuseppe Mengoni anche Which is one of the World's oldest shopping mall. The gallery is named after the first King of the Kingdom of Italy. The beautiful architecture of this shopping mall is decorated with many patriotic symbols as the gallery was constructed during the turbulent times of Italian unification. Right below the central glass dome, the mosaics on the floor depict the coats of arms of Savoy and Italian cities are Represented allegorically: a wolf for Rome, a lily for Florence, a bull for Turin and white flag with red cross for Milan. The ceiling vaults are decorated with mosaics representing Asia, Africa, Europe and America. The shopping mall is always crowded with many tourists who marvel over the brilliant architecture and discerning shoppers who only shop at the finest boutiques. Right in the center lies two powerhouse luxury brands - Prada and Louis Vuitton. The Galleria is anche famous for being home to the oldest restaurants and cafes such as The Savini Restaurant and Caffe Biffi founded in 1857 by Paolo Biffi who is pastry chef to the monarch. We had a lovely time shopping at the Ferrari Store and Mercedes-Benz store buying up several new apparel and various merchandise.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mall in Milan, Italy
Beautiful Glass Dome at the Centre of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II 
Sara Shantelle Lim with the Security Police at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan
The SG Sisters went shopping at The Ferrari Store in Milan
Sara Shantelle Lim happy shopping at Mercedes-Benz store in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
The SG Sisters at the Vogue Magazines stand in Milan, Italy


RESTAURANT TRUSSARDI SCALA
1 Michelin Star award
http://www.trussardiallascala.com/


RESTAURANT TRUSSARDI SCALA - TRUSSARDI CAFE -  We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at this restaurant / cafe AWARDED 1 Michelin star Which is conveniently located beside the Teatro all Scala Opera House in Milan City - Teatro alla Scala. We were dining inside a beautiful glass house with lots of greenery and it provided a lovely escape of bustling Milan city to dine in peace and tranquility. The cod fish was cooked to perfection! Soft and simply melt in our mouths. The lamb rack was anche delicious as the meat was tender and moist. We really enjoyed the crispy cracker bread too Which they served to every table while waiting for the food to arrive. They provided exceptional customer service and food was divine! A highly recommended Michelin starred restaurant for a memorable dining experience! The great thing about visiting Europe during Summer Is that daylight lasts until around 8-9pm so we are incendio have dinner under the sunlight in the glass house. Great way to enjoy the food and the splendid view of bustling Milan City.


VIDEO: THE SISTERS SG dining at Trussardi Restaurant / Cafe - 1 Michelin Star award


VIDEO - Sara Shantelle Lim buying sweet dessert at 
Italian chocolates - Best ice cream ice-cream in Milan

 
Chocolates Italian website -  http://www.cioccolatitaliani.it/
BEST ICE CREAM in EUROPE is found in Milan City!

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