The day started with a stop in Porto Venere, a gateway to the 5 picturesque villages of Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (listed in 1997) as well as a national park and protected marine area.
Doug went on the steep walk through the Town Gate and Tower (on the far left). I stayed in the historic city centre and had a coffee.
The War Memorial was opposite the entrance to the Town Gate and Tower.
It was another beautiful day as we left the harbour at Porto Venere.
After leaving Porto Venere, the tour boat passed by Castello Doria.
The first village we viewed was Riomaggiore. (Somehow I missed taking a photo of Manarola.)
We also passed by Corniglia.
Our tour boat stopped at Vernazza; we had a fun, leisurely lunch with friends from Australia.
Our tour of 2 of the 5 Cinque Terre villages ended at Monterosso, pleasant but not as interesting as Porto Venere or Vernazza.
Doug and I had a very busy day in Milan - both the financial capital of Italy and the design capital of the world.
Castello Sforza Musem
Fashion Week was scheduled to start in a few days so many of the major sites, including the Castello Sforza Museum, had been rented for parties and designer fashion shows.
La Scala Theatre/Opera House
The 2016-2017 opera season opens December 7th with Puccini's Madame Butterfly.
The largest church in Italy and the fifth largest in the world; the Gothic cathedral took nearly 6 centuries to complete.
One of the world's oldest shopping malls - designed in 1861 and officially opened mid-September 1867 - was developed in the historic area between the Duomo and La Scala; it's sometimes called "the living room" of Milan.
We enjoyed a late lunch at Biffi, located on the main arcade entrance nearest to the Duomo.
The 2 iron and glass covered walkways meet at a central piazza below a 154-foot glass dome.
Outside the main arcade entrance nearest to La Scala, there's a small park (Piazza della Scala) with a statue of Leonardo da Vinci, who for many years lived and worked in Milan.
Doug has been a cartoonist for Playboy magazine since 1964.
For nearly 20 years, starting in the mid-60's, his "Doug Sneyd" and "Scoops" news cartoons appeared daily in newspapers across North America. Sneyd's talent has also led him into cinema: in 1993, he wrote, produced and directed "Black-eyed Susan," an educational movie-drama about spousal abuse, for the Ontario government. He was a founding member of the Canadian Society of Book Illustrators and has been a member of the National Cartoonists' Society and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Thirty of his full-page color Playboy cartoons are among the 235 Sneyd works included in the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa.
Sneyd was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, but spent much of his professional career in Toronto. In 1969 he moved his family north to Orillia made famous as the mythical "Mariposa" by humorist Stephen Leacock. He works on the third floor of his home-studio overlooking beautiful Lake Couchiching and spends his winters on the Gulf Coast in Orange Beach, Alabama.