Saturday, February 19, 2011
Autogrill-Not the Last Supper
The Last Supper is u n b e l i e v a b l e! Besides being the beginning of the end of fresco style art work, DaVinci's semitri and use of light is what paintings are based on today. Just amazing. I never knew fresco work was done on wet walls and had to be done in a very short period of time. It also makes you wonder about St. Peter in the painting. Sort of looks like a lady to me?? It's the person just to the left of Jesus where there is a big space. Makes you want to read the DaVinci Code again.
The Duomo in Milan is over the top, started in 1400 and it's still not complete. Wonder if they had a 'completed by' clause in that contract? Napoleon was crowned King of Italy there...for awhile. Capacity is 40,000. Not including standing room. That happened to be the entire population of Milano at the time. It's said that one of the three nails that were used to crucify Christ is at this church, the fourth largest in Europe. There are over 6000 statues inside and out. So many interesting facts. Again, not having anything to do with cooking, but I am loving this part of the ride. We escaped with our lives and car intact from Milano and headed to Venice. We will be spending the next few days here. Yes, we did get lost...twice! Freekin Milan!
Speaking of cooking or at least food, we stopped at one of the coolest places that dot the Autostrada's here in Italy. Autogrills are rest stops that include the following; fuel, bathrooms, a full on dining area that include your choice of complete meals, pasta, antipasti and desserts. Also included are fast food pizzas and sandwiches, a coffee bar, a full on market, toys, toiletries, deli meats and cheeses, beverages of every description, gift packs, books, magazines, slot machines and very good people watching time. Not the last supper, but fun non-the-less! Hey, maybe there's a market for these in the states? Hmmm.