Ever have fun simply walking the streets?

I’ve been to quite a few countries but have never had as much fun walking the streets as here in Milan.

The people seem to walk in poetry, the street cleaners are dandified, old men and women take pride in their clothes and walk with a spring in their step, kids are a joy, no tantrums, even the dogs seem content, no unseemly dragging– yesterday I saw a Doberman stroll off leash tongue lolling out in the D’uomo piazza.

Been taking pictures in my head, not many on the phone– but here are a few random clicks….and this my first attempt at blogging from my phone.

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  1. On These Two Feet | No Facilities

    […] writers that I never skip or skim. Well, back in June, Damyanti asked a question on her blog: “Ever have fun simply walking the streets?” That prompt gave me the inspiration to glom a few random thoughts and stories into this post. […]

  2. Un Artista Minimalista

    It is fun you felt relaxed in Milan, because in Italy it is considered the capital of hard work, stress and frantic pace of living! But it depends on what parts of the city you visited and on your attitude, of course!

    • Damyanti

      I stayed near the Garibaldi station, and looked around the business district, too.
      But compared to Honkong, Shanghai, and Tokyo, Milan seemed like a relaxed place to me 🙂

      • Un Artista Minimalista

        Yes, I think that Shanghai and Hong Kong are busier than Milan (I’d like to visit them). But, still Milan is quite busy by european standards and many italians don’t like the way of living of Milan

  3. Damyanti

    Thank you, everyone, for your wonderful comments. I’ll visit back each of you as soon as you can– which has to be after this Friday-when I’ll have stable internet– my home internet has disappeared for the moment. It felt so good to be able to blog from my phone and receive all these responses!

    I love you all, and am grateful for the time you spent in leaving me a comment.


    As Max von Sydow says in “Three Days of the Condor”, “The great cities are those you can walk.” Prague, Vienna, Budapest… and, I would argue, Chicago, where you can walk to the greatest baseball park in the world.

  5. seanbidd

    For sure, anytime of day here even on a winter’s night, which is never too cold in the tropics. So many photographic stories.

  6. alexjrankin

    Absolutely enjoy walking the streets! In fact, it’s my favourite thing to do when I travel because that is how you witness the life and soul of a city, not by simply visiting the tourist sights. Leave that to everyone else 😉

  7. InnanaMiss

    Looks gorgeous!
    I’ve never been to Milan. Helsinki is the one place I’ve been where I could just never get tired of walking the streets. So many different kinds of people! Bizarre fashions, bright colors, stunning beauty….. And everything so clean and vibrant at the same time. Some places don’t even need a tourist site, they have so much beauty in the everyday rhythm of life flowing through them.

  8. sheketechad

    I really like that black and white with the bicycles, excellent framing. Enjoy your trip, and congrats on your first blog by phone!

  9. lexacain

    It’s beautiful and not many people about so you can enjoy things. Maybe that’s why everyone’s in a good mood. Thanks for the lovely pics!

  10. hilarycustancegreen

    That’s exactly what we do on holiday. Parts of Venice are both stunning and completely empty any time of the year, or just have local children and cats. Italian cities are top favourites and there seems to be less age separation, so you don’t get mobs of kids all one age.

  11. equinoxio21

    Living in a country where you need to take the car to buy bread, I just can’t wait to be in Paris (July2nd!) and just walk and walk and walk! 🙂
    Have a lovely (walking) week-end!

  12. daveynorthcott

    People watching: love it! I can spend hours ‘wasting time’, watching folk pass by and imagining whole worlds around them … I suppose if I think (very) laterally it’s useful on a creative basis, but really I just enjoy studying people (though I should point out not in a stalkerish way!!!). Spain’s great for it if you’re getting a plane over the med. at any point!

  13. Jacqui Murray

    The joy you experienced in your walk is exactly why I decided to read Chet Raymo’s The Path: A One-Mile Walk Through the Universe. Of course, being a scientist, his observations tended toward geology and history, but Nature’s where I’d be.

  14. V. Alarcón-Córdoba

    Delightful! In America, there is little of that pride in self you mention of the Europeans. My wife, who is Asian, is always dressing up. She explains that it helps her to be her best. Sadly, I still feel the urge to go out in jeans and tee-shirt most of the time.
    Are you on vacation or visiting home?

  15. seyibabes

    Your pictures really make me want to visit Milan. Your description of its beauty also make me feel like getting on the next flight out of London to traipse about in Milan like the lost tourist I would inevitably be.

    Thank you for following my blog, it’s lovely to feel appreciated even as a novice!

  16. Lori Straus

    Whenever I’ve lived in Germany, my wardrobe always changes. As you mentioned: people put a little pride into their clothes, and it would wear off on me (pun intended). I get back home, and I suddenly feel out of step. For starters, I find that the only shoes that last me long enough to do a five-kilometer walk from work to home are hiking shoes. The shoes I’d buy in Germany seemed to simply be of such a good quality (and decent price) that they could perform the same function. (Even wore one pair hiking in the Alps, and I had no blisters. The hike was a last-minute decision.)

  17. MojoFiction

    Even though I’ve been in Chicago for years, I’m always taking long walks through the city. There’s always something new to find. I wish I could do more international travel, because I can think of several cities I would like to explore. I’ve walked all over London though, that’s always fun!

  18. ccyager

    Lovely photos! I haven’t been to Milan since the mid-1970’s and it was my second favorite Italian city after Florence. We were students and walked everywhere. The Cathedral took our breath away. We met the sweetest guy in a self-serve restaurant not far from the Cathedral. He was a student, wanted to practice his English, and we went to La Scala together. I will never forget that young man or his city. So glad you are having a wonderful experience there, too!

  19. Content Catnip

    This made me smile. I love that you are having fun there in the summer time. I was there in the summer about five years ago and boy was it hot! About walking and having a fun time I try and do this every day. It’s easy when you live in a good city.

  20. LaDonna

    Walking and taking pictures during the walk is enjoyable and therapeutic, I guess if I’m so lucky to go to Milan, my camera would be filled with nice pictures. Your pictures are lovely.

  21. Steve Curry

    Whenever I arrive somewhere new my I check in, dump my bag and go for a walk. I only feel like I’ve actually arrived after I’ve got the place under my shoes, smelled the air, eaten some food. There’s no substitute for strolling. One of the best places to do this is Venice. You’ve only seen the city after you’ve got lost in the alleys and followed the smaller canals. Especially magical in winter when the streets are quiet and a thick fog has worked its magic.

  22. Dan Antion

    Great job blogging fro your phone. The pictures are very nice. I especially like the one near the cafe (?) where the street is almost empty and the bright sky gives the rest of the photo a black and white appearance – that’s a great photo.

    I also enjoy walking around. There are so many things to see in every city. You captured some great ones here.

  23. ChristineR

    A very impressive first phone blog. I haven’t managed more by phone than a single photo with a bit of text. I love the statues. The paving on the streets and road is impressive, the town planners went to a lot of trouble. Have fun. 😀

  24. katherinej1012

    I’ve never been to Milan, but I enjoyed reading this. I had this feeling in Barcelona! Everyone smiles at you, there are people acting as statues. At one point, someone got a cd player out and everyone started dancing in a big circle! It was amazing to watch.

  25. Susan Scott

    I LOVE to walk the streets when in a new place and eat food off the streets. A friend and I were in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos a few years back and this was the way we learned a little of life in places different to where we live.
    Enjoy your walking Damyanti! Your photos are excellent and well done for using smart ph to make this post!

  26. wallcat

    Milan looks and sounds really nice. I do enjoy just simply casually walking around, but I find it can be too busy where I live. You’re always bumping into stressed people or trying to cross roads filled with angry impatient cars. Even just going to the park I almost get run over by people on bikes. When I was on holiday in Cowny recently though I loved it. It’s a town by a castle surrounded by walls. It can be busy during the day but in the evening it gets a lot quieter and we’d just walk up and down the walls, enjoying the views.

  27. Tim

    Milan’s a beautiful city. I haven’t been there in over a decade, sadly, when the grand old Duomo was still covered by masses of scaffolding. There’s nothing like travel for broadening your horizons, is there?

  28. davidprosser

    Congratulations on a very successful first phone blog. Some very nice pictures. I’m glad you’re having such a great time.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  29. Lawrence Grodecki

    That all sounds so beautiful…reminds me of some younger days in Montreal. Where I live the walking can be nice, as much or more for the snow or the rain or for the absence of either.