As I mentioned, in my last post, the streets in Milan are not so simple to navigate. But, on my random walk around the city today (random, because I went the wrong way and ended up nowhere near where I had intended to go), I discovered something magnificent.

As I emerged from a side street, standing in front of me was a monumentally-sized, beautiful building. And, as I do, I thought to myself “What is that?” and promptly crossed the street to find out.

As it turned out, it was the Cimitero Monumentale (Monumental Cemetery). After walking through the huge building, that housed many ornately decorated sepulchers, I wandered out onto the expansive grounds. I was amazed by row after row of masterfully carved statues, enormous and opulent family crypts, and lavish landscaping. (I don’t have any photos from inside because I was on Periscope the whole time, sharing that way.)

Now, I am not someone who usually strolls through cemeteries for fun, but this place was amazing. I couldn’t help but wonder about these individuals and families and why they invested so much time, effort, and money into their final resting spots.

Just as I was finishing up (and about to sign off of Periscope), a black cat came dashing out from behind a headstone, ran directly over to me, and promptly started rubbing against my legs. So random, funny, and potentially creepy. Fortunately, I happen to like black cats.