Just seven euros will allow you to climb the stairs to the roof terraces of the cathedral in Milan. For an extra 5 euros you can use the elevator. The cathedral has been under repair for thirty years and as you can see they are far from done.
This fellow was rather compelling; I couldn't take my eyes off him as he tried to coerce people into taking a seat in his restaurant. That's his likeness in the poster on the right side of the photo. The chest he's leaning on was full of lobsters.
The word 'fenestration' comes from the Latin word 'fenestra' meaning window, or opening for light. In modern architectural terms it refers to to the arrangement of openings in a wall and usually includes opening for doors in addition to windows.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a shopping centre in central Milan. Technically it's a mall in that it is covered but it's not like what we North Americans would expect. If you have expensive tastes this would be a good place to air out your credit card; Prada, Gucci, Versace and the rest of the usual cast of high end stores are all represented here.
I'm never sure whether to take comfort from police presence or to be alarmed by it. Either way it makes one forget about the prospects of pickpockets in a busy piazza like the one in front of the Duomo in Milan - at least a little bit.