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Milan
The capital of Italy is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe since it is filled with as many historical insignias as its modern counterparts. Being the administrative capital of Italy, Milan is also understandably bureaucratic to some extent. What's really enviable here is the beauty of everyday things. The roadside cafes and bars are designed to welcome and not merely swindle. The overall humour is deadpan, but hilarious. It's an outstanding city and a relatively cheap European destination from India.Free things to do while here: Duomo di Milano is one of the most iconic symbols of Italy; also known as the Milan Cathedral, one can climb up to check out the city view from the top by paying a nominal fee. If you've watched enough Italian cinema, you might have developed preconceived notions about the country – a visit to the tiny old alleyways of Brera will validate your ideas and you can click a thousand Instagram-worthy pictures here. Finally, take a stroll down the most fashionable street in world – Via Montenapoleone; if you are travelling on a budget, it'll obviously be difficult for you to buy anything here, but window shopping will be a treat to your fashion desires.Where to eat: Here are three cheap but outstanding places to eat in Milan: 1. Macelleria Equina Da Vito at Via Lorenteggio, 2. Piadineria Artigianale Pascoli at Via Niccolo Paganini, 3. Mr. Panozzo at Via Enrico Noe. The first one has gluten-free options available, while the other two have vegetarian as well as vegan options.Where to stay: Unlike contrary beliefs, one can actually stay in Milan on a budget. Here's one beautiful option to consider.
Zürich
Zürich is the largest city in Switzerland, with beautiful Lake Zürich and many other architectural wonders. Fifa World Museum is located right here for football fans. I rather chose to scroll through Toy Museum. If you want to see how toys looked like 300 years ago, just spare some time for it. Quite fascinated with these preserves I decided to pay a visit to a church nearby, and the architecture and carvings were marvellous.
Nice
Italy is just round the corner from French Riviera and therefore we decided to make the best use of our schengen visa. We took a train and headed to the Italian town of Ventimiglia. It's just a small train ride away. From eating oysters to digging in pasta- we did that in one day and we were pretty kicked about it. The moment you cross the border, you will notice a stark difference between the French and the Italian culture. Just within a few miles, you see a difference in food, textures, flavours, language, people. We entered a bustling market selling local fruits, vegetables and flowers. The prices are generally lower than what you will find across the French border. Do find time to devour some sinful local risotto, spaghetti and pasta and end your meal with a heavenly tiramisu.

About La Palud

Courmayeur's immediate neighbour, La Palud is smaller and equally pretty if not prettier. It however, is extremely popular because it is home to the Funivie Monte Bianco, or the Mont Blanc Cable Car which climbs three quarters of the way up Western Europe's highest mountain and then heads into the town of Chamonix in France. Your first stop on this beautiful ride is Pavillion Du Mont Frety followed by Punta Helbronner. If you decide to continue on this spectacular interglacial experience, you will go into Aiguile Du Midi in France and then finally go down to Chamonix. Expect unparalleled views and weather that demands exceptionally warm clothes and sunglasses. The cable car departs every 20 minutes (8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2pm to 4pm) and the tickets should cost you about 18 Euros. If you are not into skiing, this is probably the only thing you can do in and around Courmayeur but do check the weather conditions in advance. The folks at the tourist information office at Courmayeur Centre should be able to help you. Getting there: A free bus service runs every 15 minutes from Courmayeur centre and gets you to La Palud in about 7 minutes. There's a nice, albeit overpriced, authentic Italian restaurant opposite the bus stop in La Palud.
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