After the Duomo, we ate and then it was off inside the famous Galleria. The Galleria is a mall inside an arcade, in the shape of a plus-sign. The ceilings within are about 4 stories high, and there are a few dozen high-end shops inside, and a McDonald’s. That McDonald’s, in 2012, lost its lease after being a tenant for 20 years, and it will soon become another Prada outlet, in keeping with the money and fashion that seems to define Milan. Halfway down the Galleria are 4 floor mosaics representing Torino (a bull), Rome (a she-wolf with Romulus and Remus), Florence (the lily) and Milano (a red cross on a white background). The bull is the most famous, because it seems to be a tradition (at least among tourists) to step with the heel of a shoe on the testicular region of the bull and spin around. It is said to be good luck, but only tourists ever do it, for the most part.

We left the Galleria, passing the Teatro alla Scala, the world-renowned La Scala opera house. We were bound for one of the expensive shopping districts, the Quadrilatero della Moda, with all the high-end fashion retailers. With the stone path and the lights, it appears to be a romantic walk, and walk is all we did there, on Via della Spiga; it hurt to even go window shopping, with the exorbitant pricing of many of the designer’s latest outfits in the window clearly visible, an Italian law.

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