This Catholic church took 600 years to build, with groundbreaking in 1386 and completion....you won't believe this....in 1965. It's the 5th largest church in the world.
At 1PM I walked into Wasabi Fusion, with only a couple eating. I thought they must be about closing. I did get the only other window table and ordered sashimi, miso soup, rice and some beef and vegetable dish, with a Kirin beer and Geikkeikan hot sake.
I tried to take as much time as possible, but at 2:15 I was finished. However, I ordered some edamame and sat around until 3PM:
The walk to the oldest museum in the city, the Ambrosian Art Gallery, where the tour was supposed to begin, only took ten minutes, so I had a grappa and cappuccino at an outdoor cafe right next to the meeting point:
We then walked to the Castello Sforzesco, a castle:
Here we had a problem. Our tour lost three Americans. The Last Supper was still a seven minute walk away to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, and our group had a 6PM entry, after which you get kicked out. It took us at least twenty minutes to collect everyone, and we were a bit late:
If you magnify the details, you would swear that the 12 apostles were not all male. John to Jesus' right surely looks like Mary Magdalene. This is just one of the mysteries. Remember how I earlier stated that da Vinci tended to give John an effeminate look? Judas is the colored man. St. John or Mary Magdalene?
Da Vinci's Code goes into this perplexity.
What is The Last Supper worth? No estimate, but the National Gallery in London had nine lesser paintings (not including the Mona Lisa) of da Vinci insured for $3.3 billion. The Mona Lisa, also by Leonardo, is probably the more famous, but mostly because in 1911 it was stolen from the Louvre, and recovered in 1913.
My last supper in Milan was spaghetti bolognese with a glass of red wine in my Four Points Sheraton room:
Tomorrow, I return to Venice.
Typhoon Koppu went right through the Philippines, east to west, but maintained 105 MPH strength, and is now preparing to move north over the country:
Two very dangerous ocean storms: Typhoon Olaf is at 145 MPH, but will move north and east away from Japan. Ditto for Hurricane Olaf, which will do the same east of Hawaii.