Italy, Travel

EXPO 2015….Amazing!


MilanMilan is a big city, home to high style, cutting edge design,

Milan
Duomo di Milano

an incredibly beautiful and ornate cathedral, La Scala and this year EXPO 2015.

MilanSome 20 million people are expected to attend EXPO between May and October, and judging from today’s crowd that is not an unreasonable projection.  As many people as were there, the complex is so huge that it didn’t seem uncomfortable.  Here and there were some long lines, but it was amazing how efficiently they were moved along.

Hungary, Vietnam, Nepal, Malaysia, Monaco, Chile
Hungary, Vietnam, Nepal, Malaysia, Monaco, Chile

The exhibits cover some 460 acres, and the hubby and I walked the whole thing, a distance of more than 7 miles. At first we checked out many of the pavilions, but as the day wore on we went into fewer and fewer.  Trying to do EXPO in one day was an almost impossible fete and hard on the FEET!

ExpoBecause each pavilion was interesting, it’s hard to pick a favorite.  While some were outstanding for their architecture,

Oman and Qatar
Oman and Qatar

others looked like they were lifted from their natural environs.

Expo1
Fun with karaoke at the US pavilion

The US pavilion was rather understated, but as you might guess, it was very crowded.  What kept lines from forming were the escalators that kept people moving.  Interestingly, this was the only pavilion we saw that had a video of a head of state welcoming visitors.

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Italy outdid itself with 4 pavilions, the largest of which was an architectural wonder.

Tree of Life
Tree of Life

A feature there was the Tree of Life which, as music played, came into full bloom as water danced around it.

Expo6The theme of EXPO is food, so every pavilion had its own creative interpretation.  My favorite was Spain which had 3 walls of plates on which were shown rotating digital images….fascinating!

Expo7It’s impossible to share all that made up EXPO 2015.  There were restaurants galore with food and drink from across the globe.

Expo5Cultures were represented in a variety of entertaining ways that opened our eyes to new ways of seeing.

ExpoAll in all EXPO 2015 is one of those possibly one in a lifetime unique experiences that is totally overwhelming.  If you are not among the millions who are going to Milan between now and October 1, perhaps these glimpses will give you an idea of the scope of the event and whet your appetite to attend the next one to be held in 5 years in Dubai.  After seeing this one, I’m thinking it might take that long to prepare!

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

16 thoughts on “EXPO 2015….Amazing!

  1. Just AMAZING!!! THANK YOU for the tour!!! I enjoyed every photo and hope to see more!! Yes, the U.S. pavilion was underwhelming, but was relieved to see it was not Golden Arches!!! Do you know the length of time for construction of the entire site?

  2. Wow, I just finished reading “The Pillars of the Earth”, one that “P” recommended, and seeing the La Scala cathedral …it is amazing how they ever built something that detailed and beautiful! Loved seeing the Expo photos….brings back fond memories of our trip to Montreal. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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