Weird and Wonderful Milan … In Photos.

When traveling, I don’t always snap photos of beautiful landmarks like castles, cathedrals and cities at night like Vienna or Prague. I enjoy discovering things that are what I like to call “weird and wonderful” and taking photos of them, even if considered inappropriate, provocative and even ugly.

Such photos capture an alternative side of a destination, one that will most likely not appear on a postcard or be featured in a Lonely Planet guidebook. They often make for some of the best, not to mention the most hilarious travel memories! I usually get more comments on these photos than ones of beautiful landmarks.

That said, this post introduces my new series called “Weird and Wonderful” where from time-to-time, I’ll feature an alternative side to a specific destination. To kick-start the series, I’m opening with Milan, Italy where I spent 5 days last June.

You won’t find any pictures of the Duomo di Milano or Sforzesco Castle here!

Weird and Wonderful Milan

Weird and Wonderful Milan

Weird and Wonderful Milan

Weird and Wonderful Milan

Weird and Wonderful Milan

Weird and Wonderful Milan

Weird and Wonderful Milan

Weird and Wonderful Milan

Have you ever considered visiting Milan in August? It’s absolutely the perfect time to go – traffic is light due to locals being on holidays and you can experience the city’s best attractions without all of the huge crowds.

Founder of Canadian in Berlin. Frequent traveller now at 43 countries and counting.


  1. This is so refreshing! What’s the point of only taking pictures of famous landmarks which have been photographed over and over again? I love seeing photos of details like the above. Beautiful.

  2. I love the wine opener but the ad for the mens label is a little scary! Great shots and a great idea.

  3. Great take on Milan. You’ve made me think about a different way of taking shots and it’s a wonderful change not to see the same old same old.

  4. I love seeing the offbeat side to cities. I especially like the modern art and the horse statues and who doesn’t need another wine opener, especially a conversation piece like this one 🙂

  5. @Laurel – I’d be happy to travel back to Milan for you to grab one of those bottle openers. 🙂

    @Sophie – Agree. You wouldn’t believe the rest of the items in that store ….

    @Technosyncratic – It’s an ad by a German designer. Not surprising at all knowing the Germans. Have you seen the ads in Bild?

  6. @Debbie – I find both the wine bottle opener and the clothing ad disturbing! I can’t wait to feature some other cities. 🙂

    @Leigh & @Andrea – thanks so much.

  7. The bizarre modern art doesn’t fit really, but the work is a tribute to the industriousness of Milan and, above all, the world of fashion, somethimes we dont have to ask too much of art. 🙂

  8. @Massimo – well, hope you enjoyed my post about your city! The Elvis ad was quite funny … but also seemed out of place like that other very colourful art. Cool to know more of the story behind each piece … so thanks! 🙂

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