Planning for a splendour holiday is one thing, hoping for the best is the other. Sometimes hope can be dashed when the unexpected becomes the reality. So far, it has been good in Italy but the last 2 days in Milan was the unexpected. The coach broke down on the first day and by the time help came, the evening jam has mounted and there went the Milan city tour. The next day after visiting Lake Lugano, another crawl and again, gone with the wind the tour. By now shopping seemed the only thing for those who thought that Milan is the only shopping paradise compared to Rome, Florence, Venice and Verona. How wrong!!. Despite going from one shopping mall to the other, the final hope was here at Franciacorta Outlet Village Milan.
I on the other hand have busted my credit card. Moreover, cheaper to buy Benetton, Levis, Guess, Calvin Klein etc etc in Malaysia, also, paying in Euro means paying more. Hence, a few of us walked to the food court to relax over food or drinks. While everyone preferred McDonald's burgers and drinks, I walked into "Autogrill" - the chain of restaurants that serve all highways throughout Italy. From the various types of coffee and Italian fast food, I ordered "Mozzarella Bacon Panini" and a big cup of "Cappuccino", paid 6 Euros inclusive for service with a smile which so far has been quite rare at most of eateries we have been to so.
Loveable and appreciated, the Panini was fresh and the gooey-wobbly mozzarella cheese atop the ham (I think so) and with some rocket salad, a wonderful snack (see picture) but I would have appreciated some chilli sauce. Again said, I loved it and the Cappuccino, wasn't any different to the Malaysian type but sure, nice hot beverage.
The friends who tucked into the McDonald's meal also had one general comment - "only tomato ketchup and wonder why no chilli sauce?". We really couldn't figure out why but they still ate and the shopping was over, we came back to city for a home style Chinese dinner at Restaurant Ta Hua. A modern deco and sort of a different ambiance compared to the Chinese restaurants in Malaysia, as this was our last meal in Italy, it was sort of a celebration with the various types of not too bad Chinese dishes for rice, free flow of beer and that sambal I truly appreciated after days of days of Italian food.
After this nice meal, we were back to the hotel to pack up and the next morning, we arrived way earlier at the airport, stood in the long queue for tax exemption and a long haul before returning home.
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