We drove through Genoa, a big, sea trading city, and went on to Milano. It is still cold here, but not as cold as 2 months ago. We were site seeing today. The Duomo (Milan’s Cathedral), is Italy’s largest Gothic building and filled with many beautiful stained glass windows. We also went to the huge Sforzo Castello. It is not an outstanding antiquity museum, but it is especially wonderful because it is free. Then we went to the Church of Ste Marie Delle Grazle which houses Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. In WWII, the church, except for the wall on which DaVinci painted The Last Supper, was destroyed by bombs, all but the wall which contains the painting. Now the church is built around it again. [this part wasn’t in the diaries, but I distinctly remember being pinched in the butt by the guard at the door. We’d heard about that sort of thing happening in Italy, but hadn’t really experienced it until we entered the site of the iconic Last Supper painting]
A daily diary of a journey in 1962. Please post comments about where you were then on the Background page.
1962 was pivotal. This is the background:
It was a year colored by the Cuban Missile Crisis, an escalating involvement in Vietnam, the Berlin Wall and the Cold War with Russia, Civil Rights issues, a nascent space program, Nelson Mandela in prison, Betty Friedan's, The Feminist Mystique, the Beatles, Rolling Stones and the death of Marilyn Monroe.