Friday, 12 February 2016

One of Milan's Best Kept Secrets

Brown trout
I'm in bed with a (pretty poor excuse for a) fever,  - you know you've been in Italy too long when you stop saying temperature and start saying fever - so it seems like a good oportunity to share some photos with you from my latest discovery - L'acquario Civico di Milano.

The dreamy half light is very relaxing
You can find the acquarium in a corner of Parco Sempione in a pretty building with fish mosaics and a hippo fountain. It's pretty small. You can see it all in 30 mins (although I spent an hour going round it because I was taking pictures).  It doesn't have dolphins or sharks or anything dramatic, but it's got a selection of fresh water and salt water tanks.

Tropical Fish at the Aquarium of Milan

Go with low expectations on a rainy day and you will not regret it!

Fishy eyed

What is more its free from 16.30 until closing time at 17.30 and if you go during the day it's still only 5 euros.

If you've been or if you go I'd love to hear whether you enjoyed it or not.


Acquario Civile di Milano


Sunday, 7 February 2016

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses and the 365 Project

Day 157

So, I logged in today after an embarrassingly long time (7 months) to discover my post on marrying Italians has become quite popular - over 2000 hits! Being used to having a very low profile blog I am almost freaked out by this, but also pleased to know that something I wrote was of actual interest. I even recieved my first spam comment...

I haven't been blogging at all for most of 2015 because firstly, I didn't feel I could write about my life in any way which was meaningful because my head was full of things which very much needed to  and need to remain private. Health problems... I know, it's a bit of a downer.

Day 13

On the other more positive hand, the other excuse is that I started a photography course in May, with a school called Bottega Immagine if anyone's interested, which had plenty of homework and an inspiring teacher. It really came at the right moment and has helped me no end psycologically and creatively. I completed the advanced course at the end of December and I've been very busy working on the project for the exhibition that was supposed to be today but has now been postponed.

Not only that, but I also started the 365 project, which involves taking a photo every day for one year. I've promised myself no pictures of my coffee, lunch, feet, plane wings, or other people's art to make sure I'm being creative. I'm on day 161 today so it's going well and I've learnt so much already despite using only the camera on my phone. You can find it on Flickr (I'm lcbrandon365) if you're really interested. I have hardly any followers and I'm pretty happy to keep it that way.

Day 150
 My final excuse is that I got a smart phone, so I'm not as often online on my computer as I was which means I wasn't checking the blog. I got myself a nice little instagram addiction when I was in and out of hospital and that also takes up more of my time than I should let it.

Day 100
I've been tempted to close down the blog but it seems a shame. I intend to get back to writing the blog for a bit before doing any thing drasic. If not once a week, I very much hope once a month. 

I leave you with some more pictures of Milan taken for my 365.

Day 94
Day 101

Day 52

Day 17