June 2 – 3, 2015
I finally made it to Milan! After skipping the fashion capital last September to stay a few extra days on Lake Como, I finally had the opportunity to visit the famous city this June! Luckily, timing worked out because I was able to attend the World Fair, or Expo Milano 2015. The World Fair is typically held every five years in varying countries. Did you know the Eiffel Tower was a monument from the 1889 World Fair held in Paris, France? The Space Needle in Seattle, WA in 1962? The Unisphere in Flushing, NY in 1965 – you know that big globe you see when you’re driving along the Grand Central Pwky?
Attending the World Fair was an experience that transported me to over 130 different countries. The theme this year is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” which enables visitors from all over the world to discover not only the planet’s myriad of cultures but also their foods, traditions, and agriculture.
The Grand Walkway
All of the international pavilions are lined on the left and right sde of a shaded grand walkway. The canopies provide protection from the sun, especially on bolstering hot days.
The decor and aromas of the Spanish pavilion brought me back to Spain. I had visited the region of Andalusia during the Spring of 2014 and everything from the tapas to the smell of orange groves brought me back to my tinto de verano (summer wine) days.
The small-scale Austrian forest naturally produces oxygen which was refreshing during a long hot day of “sightseeing.” The setup is smaller than some but was definitely one of my favorites for its originality.
Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed with our pavilion. While some of the walls were a large vertical farm that was harvested daily, I didn’t find it as engaging as the others as the space was very open and spread out. I did find out, after the fact, the boardwalk was made from repurposed wood from the Coney Island boardwalk which is actually quite cool and meaningful. However, I failed to see the relevance to the theme of the fair.
Blue lights everywhere! I loved this one because the art, the aromas, and decor which made me feel as if I were being transported to the African desert.
The Japanese are very precise. Everything from the managed line out the door to the way visitors had to proceed through the pavilion was timed, rehearsed, and captivating. After walking through different rooms where rice, fish and vegetables were proposed as a model for balanced eating and a means to end global hunger, spectators enjoyed a glimpse into Japanese culture with a live performance.
There’s nothing more to say than “I love the food from France.” The wine, the cheese, the meats, the bread – the perfect place to have a steak and frites dinner at the restaurant on the 2nd floor.
The Grocery Store of the Future
Can you imagine everything digital in a grocery store? Not only the price, but digital screens all around displaying the nutrition facts and ingredients?
After the Expo, my best friend and I had a day to visit the Cathedral
and to…. rest. We had another week and a half ahead of us in Croatia so we decided to relax and enjoy our fancy apartment before heading to Croatia early the next morning