Milan’s White Christmas

December 22nd, 2009 · Tags: Italy · Milan

A snowstorm struck yesterday in Milan, one that sent my colleagues scurrying home at 4pm (we’re usually in the office until 7pm) and none of them arrived home before their normal 7.30-8.00pm return time – there was that much casino craziness and traffic due to the 30+cm (10 inches) of snow that fell in 6 or so hours.

Today there are quattro gatti in the office (literally: four cats…nobody!) and tonight there are real doubts that we’ll be able to depart as planned on our holiday break – planes are grounded, streets are covered and crowded, and schools are closed!

But we’re optimists, right?

And if anything, we have a White Christmas this year in Milan, but hopefully I won’t be sticking around to “enjoy” it – I have other plans!

Here are some pictures from my voyage to work today – I took the little camera to get some candid snow shots.

Most of the time I laughed at little cars covered in snow like this one:

Little yellow car covered in snow, Milan, Italy, December 22, 2009

Jumping through snow to get cigarettes – talk about natural survival instincts!

Jumping through snow to get cigarettes, Milan, Italy, December 22, 2009

At the edge of the snow – I definitely want to jump in! You’re loving my sexy snow boots, I know. Too bad you can’t see the rest of me to know just how much of a snow bunny I look like today. My hair and makeup people have been following me all day to make sure I look “just so.” Props to them.

At the edge of the snow, Milan, Italy, December 22, 2009

Plowing snow by hand instead of waiting for the military to come help (800 were sent to Milan by order of the mayor)

Plowing snow by hand, Milan, Italy, December 22, 2009

I couldn’t believe my eyes – the street market below my house was still going on, even in a smaller form…with snow plows in the background. At least you don’t have to ask yourself if the fish is fresh or frozen…it’s definitely frozen!

Milan Street Market with Snow plowers, Milan, Italy, December 22, 2009

A playground under snow – the little horse looks particularly forlorn. Want to go for a ride?

A playground under snow, Milan, Italy, December 22, 2009

The path to the office was perhaps the least convincing of my entire trip – my office is just beyond the bend but it appears I’m leaving civilization, not entering it. Aiuto!

The path to the office, Milan, Italy, December 22, 2009

I’ll be updating you with another post about a Menu for Hope!

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  • 1
    Liz // Dec 22, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    I’m on my way there now from Portland, OR. Thanx for posting! Can’t wait to play in that Winter Wonderland!

  • 2
    Denise // Dec 22, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I love that last picture, the snow looks beautiful. We don’t get snow here on the Central Coast of Cali.

  • 3
    David // Dec 22, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Not exactly weather conducive to eating gelato…or maybe the lines are just shorter? (Which is never a bad thing..)

  • 4
    The Food Addicts // Dec 22, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Wow, the pictures of the cars covered in powdered snow looks so funny! I can never imagine having to deal with that in California. Snow would be lovely here though… it just doesn’t feel like the holidays without the snow. As we speak, there’s sun outside right now and pretty blue skies.

  • 5
    annearnott1 // Dec 22, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Hi wow that is some snow..hope your plans still go ahead, if not, a shame,but I am sure you will have a great time in milan.

    We have had major problems in the UK, not me, but on the news and in towns around me…some people had to sleep in the place of work, or abandon their cars and try and get home another way.

    Merry christmas and a very happy new year.

  • 6
    The Food Hunter // Dec 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    It’s so nice to see snow. Living in Arizona its very rare. Merry, Merry!

  • 7
    Em from Ribollita Reboiled // Dec 27, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    something about those first shots of the parked cars reminds me of cattle sleeping in a pasture! I know how painful deep snow can be, but it makes such gorgeous photographs…I’m DREAMING of a white Milanese Christmas :-)

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