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The La Scala spectacle completes a magical holiday

09 October, 2016

I am writing my final holiday blog from my lounge back at home. The 25 hour flight has been survived and the clothes unpacked and even washed and the only thing left to complete is this blog. We arrived in Milan around 10 am after a three-hour train ride on the Milan express from Monterosso al Mare. (We also had the best coffee of the trip at the Monterosso train station – a very unlikely occurrence). We stood in a taxi line in Milan and inhaled a few more passive ciggies while watching the military and Carabinieri keeping a close eye on the comings and goings at Milan Central Station. It is a very grand building with thousands of people milling and it was the first time this trip that I became aware of tight security.

This was also present at the major tourist attraction in Milan – it’s very spectacular Duomo. It’s a little unnerving to see the soldiers in their army fatigues with big machine guns casually walking around the outside of this enormous architectural marvel.It took 600 years to complete and from the top of the roof one can only imagine the skill and bravery of the artisans who constructed this masterpiece.

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Milan Duomo

If you are into shopping (I am not) then Milan is a great place to visit, but otherwise it is a big (very dirty) city with an airport which is 100 euro cab/limo drive away. So next time I would definitely not fly out of Milan. We did like the Brere district of Milan with its nice eating areas and we did the hop on/ hop off bus tour which cost 25 euros for two days per adult and you can utilise all three lines which cover three different areas of Milan, so by the end of the 3 day visit we felt we had ‘done’ Milan. The highlight of the Milan trip was the visit to La Scala – the opening night of Giselle.

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La Scala from the outside- a tad ordinary, but once inside a true spectacle. These are my real photos from inside La Scala of the seating and the orchestra pit


The artists from Giselle taking a bow at the curtain call

As per usual when travelling, it is often the people you get talking to who make the trip more interesting. It is pretty tight seating at La Scala and it was only polite to say hello to the lady, whose lap I was almost sitting on. She had come to Milan for a three-day visit and to go to the opening night of Giselle from Belgium and she apologised for her ‘terrible’ English (which I thought was wonderful), but explained she was fluent in Lithuanian, French, German, Italian and Russian…..There are times when you feel very inadequate.

Just for your future reference, if you aren’t in the front row of each seating area (like a little cubby) then you cannot see anything. Bob had to stand for the whole 2 hour performance to see anything and we were in the front row. But hec, the seats only cost $350 for 2, seeing the show would have just been icing on the cake! Still again, it’s been done, the tick on the bucket list has occurred and no need to do that again.

The lead male ballet dancer Roberto Bolle was a real star in Milan and when he made his first appearance on stage there was a thrilled, audible gasp from all the ladies in the audience and wild applause and I too was truly gobsmacked at the fantastic sculptured definition of his gluts. We spend many hours in a day as physios pointing out the inadequacies of people’s gluts, and giving exercises to improve them, but Robert’s gluts were masterful and a true lesson in anatomy to say the least. To be honest I couldn’t stop staring…..

This trip has been wonderful, so very well-planned by Bob and a fabulous way to celebrate my 60th year on this planet. Travel is so important, if not only to make you realise how amazing Australia and our clean fresh air and beaches and cities and weather (cept perhaps Melbs in winter…) are. Until our next trip it’s back to pelvic floor blogging.





  1. Hi Sue,
    Thanks for taking me along on your trip – as you say a wonderful way to celebrate your 60 years here. Memories returned of many of the places you visited.

    I have often attempted to connect you re your blogs with no success – obviously I am not great with computers. However maybe this time it might work.

    Today after reading your last holiday blog I went back and reviewed several of your physio ones – in particular the one with Amy’s story of the trauma of the forceps birth of her baby. This was a horrific story in itself but to realise this is not an isolated affair and still largely unknown to pregnant women is horrible. In that blog you mentioned Amy was going to tell her story and so I am wondering not so much how it was received, for who could not be affected by her story, but did anything occur because of her story? Was there some sort of discussion on educating not just women but people in the field of working with pregnant women? I can only hope so.


    Sue Heggie

    • Hi I have been approving all your comments to my blogs- sometimes it’s on the run and I fail to reply which is rude 😭. So thank you for always reading my blogs. As for Amy- she is being very active with spreading the word about the psychological impact of birth trauma and Levator avulsion. Hopefully if we all keep plugging away more awareness will happen. Thank you again Sue for your continued support
      Sue x

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