Milan Expo & other mysterious places
A couple of weeks ago I visited Milan for the first time. The reason behind my brief getaway was to complete a new tradition of mine: to visit the Expo with my dear high school-friend.
According to the temperature meter in the Expo, we hit 38 degrees Celsius on a Thursday. It was hot, really hot. However that did not stop what looked like thousands and thousands of visitors marathoning their way through the pavilions and standing in line for hours under the sunlight.
The Expo is a visual and sensorial experience. A cultural presentation. And of course, we enjoyed food from all over the world: from an Israeli prepared Falafel, Japanese brewed beer to food truck smoked pork and wine from the Italian vineyards.
Outside of the Expo we visited the Duomo, the cathedral of Milan. A place that demands your admiration, as you look up to the towering stone columns. With hidden doors and hallways hiding in the shadows, intricately designed with symmetry.
But the one thing that took my breath away was a roof painting designed by Da Vinci. Hiding in the Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco, built in the 15th century. Fading away on a high ceiling room of the museum, a big renovation of his painting is currently taking place. In a 20 minute presentation it is explained how Da Vinci could never really finish his painting, he wanted to create a garden inspired by vines towering from the walls to the center of the ceiling. Other painters tried to renovate it and additional layers have been added on top of his original design.
When I looked up and saw the hand painted streaks that completely covered the large ceiling, I felt a little bit emotional. Only a gift given by God could give a human that ability to create such beautiful art. It was encouraging.
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing"
- John 15:5