Da Pope, Brenna, Pigeons, Gelato, CIAO!

Author: Ale /

My last day in Europe has been wonderful, and a little bittersweet.
The past three weeks have really flown by and I'm really going to miss being here with my best friend :)
Today turned out differently than I expected...
We started the day here at the Vittorio Emanuele shopping center... we walked around doing some shopping here and there and seeing a few sites in this area before Brenna's train was due to come in.

Then we headed to train station to pick up this girl :)
Sisters reunited!
Brenna is Meryl's sister, our former roommate, and one of my favorite people in the world!
She has been in Italy for the past 5 weeks doing a study abroad.
She brought along her friend Devin from her study abroad since he was leaving from Milan too.
At one point during the day he said he felt like he was in an episode of Gilmore Girls... we were pretty excited to be together again :)

We headed back to the center of town to go to the Duomo -
It's pretty gorgeous right?
We were excited to climb to the top, but when we got there it was closed...
We started to realize the whole entire city was shutting down...

And there were a million police

And t-shirts...

I was tempted to get one of these...

Then a crowd started to gather and we realized the one person in this world who could shut down the city and make it impossible to see any sights was on his way.

Yes ladies and gentleman today, I saw the pope!
Here we are waiting to see him... 

We actually waited to see him come from the airport...got a little bored, and ended up just going to dinner instead.

When we came back from dinner we lined up again to see his grand exit.
The police were everywhere...

This guy was intense

Devin was crying from the joy of seeing the pope.

We got a little bored... and Meryl and Brenna discovered they have the same camera.

Love us!

Meryl caught me being a creeper and taking pictures of other people waiting for the pope...

Even the kids were excited

This lady made my day :) 
She was just patiently waiting to see the pope 

Finally... yes finally.. we saw him!
He had a cool car huh?

We celebrated  by eating gelato- go figure.

Since the whole city was shut down... our big plans to see the Last Supper, La Scala Opera House, the Duomo and so much more were kinda thrown out the window...but I loved it all the same.

Sisters :) 

Spinning on the mosaic bulls in the Vittorio Emanuele ... it's supposed to be good luck.

Seeing the sights walking around Milan...

And then back to the Duomo to get on the metro

and here begins a series of seriously awkward photos of the three of us

This is my personal favorite:


I think we finally got a normal one before the birds attacked us.


The pigeons in the square were crazy!
It didn't help that men were walking around with food trying to get them to jump on you for pictures. 


Devin pulled of the look


Meryl did not.


Brenna and I wanted nothing to do with it and actually ran away screaming a little bit... those pigeons were nasty!
Here is a picture of Meryl and I running away after she came to her senses.

We ended the night with gelato- duh!

We were so tired by the end of the day, and nothing seemed to work out the way we planned, but I loved it all the same.

This really has been the trip of a lifetime and I'm pretty sad to have to leave tomorrow, but I know I will always look back on this time as something so special and unique- I conquered Europe with my best friend and we had experiences here were would never have anywhere else.
I'm just so glad I got to come!
Tomorrow morning I head back the states - Meryl and Brenna will head to Greece on Monday.
Ciao Europe- I love you dearly and will be back to visit again soon!


jem said...

We are so sad to see you go! We have loved reading your blog and really appreciate the way you've taken care of Meryl! So glad you two could have this trip!

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