Sightseeing

Date

August 2015

 

A world’s fair happens every few years or every year, and it takes place at different city/country each time. This year it takes place in Milan and the theme is  ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’  I couldn’t wait to visit this expo, as the theme this year is food and it is in europe. Only a short flight from London.

Past world’s fair in the last 15 years:

  • Spain 1992 Seville (Spain)
  • Italy 1992 Genoa (Italy)
  • South Korea 1993 Daejeon (South Korea)
  • Portugal 1998 Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Germany 2000 Hannover (Germany)
  • Japan 2005 Aichi (Japan)
  • Spain 2008 Zaragoza (Spain)
  • China 2010 Shanghai (China)
  • South Korea 2012 Yeosu (South Korea)
  • Italy 2015 Milan (Italy)
  • Kazakhstan 2017 Astana (Kazakhstan)
  • United Arab Emirates 2020 Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

 

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What we see right from entering the entrance

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The army

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Walking towards the main street of the expo

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View of the side of the expo

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Reporting live on TV

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Main part of the expo

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Stopped for a gelato right at the start

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Intrigued

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I queued up for a slushie for a good 5 mins

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Half watermelon, and half lemon slushie.. delicious

lithuania’s pavilion

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lithuania’s pavilion

Ireland’s pavilion

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Ireland’s pavilion

Czech Republic’s Pavilion

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Czech Republic’s Pavilion

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Look at all these people chilling by the pool

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All the kids in the pool with the big bird

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So pretty

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Looking from the inside

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Inside is a gallery which as nothing to do with the pool

Czech Republic’s was the first pavilion I went into.  It seems more like a villa (small one) than an exhibition. Everyone were relaxing by the pool, children were playing in the pool The bird in the pool stood out the most, however i did not know what it was representing so i looked on the site –
The center of attention is a unique water sculpture of a bird representing world progression of Czech companies in the field of nanotechnology and biopolymers production using waste materials.”
Inside the pavilion was very boring, i had no idea what the exhibition was about, nor did I find out how it was connected with the theme. 

Rating  (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥

Bahrain pavilion

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didn’t look interesting so i did not go in

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What a good day

Angola Pavilion

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Angola Pavilion- I did not go in

Brazil’s pavilion

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Brazil’s pavilion

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Visitors flooding to walk on it

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The staff walked normally on here

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tricky

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I gave up halfway by walking through that door

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look at those girls wearing the Vietnamese hat

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So hard to walk on there

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I made it…. half way ^^

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Stylish resting area inside

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To feed the birds?

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The shop

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The shop

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Brazilian’s coffee

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walking underneath the net

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Thank God no one is wearing a skirt

Here is the description of their theme from their official site
The Brazilian pavilion, with the theme “Feeding the World with Solutions”, will play with the metaphor of the net in terms of flexibility, fluidity and decentralization to welcome visitors to exhibitions, cultural and gastronomic activities, seminar and events, to highlight Brazilian commitment in giving people worldwide a full access to quality food. ”
  I guess I can slightly see what the net has to do with their theme. however the Brazilian pavilion is my favourite.  Visitors are able to walk across the net, which was very tricky if you wasn’t wearing trainers.  I had sandals on, and it kept getting stuck in between the net, it actually hurts. i saw kids actually losing their shoes. it was also very bounce, so it took me quite long to walk across. actually i lied, I gave up half way.  It was lots of fun.  even inside the pavilion, the shop was interesting with lots of souvenirs to buy, even a coffee bar inside.

 

Rating (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥♥

Tiki Bar

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I spotted a Tiki Bar

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Getting my Mojito

Upon exiting the Brazilian pavilion, I saw a Tiki bar at the back. On a hot summer day like this I couldn’t resist but getting my favourite cocktail, Mojito!  They did happy hour too, however I was too early.  The mojito was strong, I felt like I was drinking straight Rum.

Rating  (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥

Angola’s Pavilion

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Side of the Angola’s pavilion

Belgium’s pavilion

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Outdoor seating area

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the counter

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Free badge

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Getting freshly fried chips from the Belgium’s pavilion

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He posed!

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Lots of sauces to choose from

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Pretty messy

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Belgian fries

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Seatings?

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Atleast there are bins

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Belgian fries with lots of sauce

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Pretty nice and filling

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Going into the Belgium pavilion

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inside

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‘small country. Great food’

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There is a beer bag right inside where they sell chocolates

Outside The Belgian pavilion was an area for their street food, including Belgian fries, waffles and beer. So we opted for the Blegian fries. Freshly fried and lots of sauces to choose from. everyone sat or stood outside to finish off their food. There was a live DJ by the side, however i wish he played the music slightly louder so it would be a better atmosphere.
The exhibition inside was rather boring, there was a shop at the back selling Belgian chocolates and also a really nice bar at the back. Apart from that, it was boring.

Rating  (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥

Vietnam’s pavilion

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Vietnam’s pavilion

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Vietnam’s pavilion

Doesn’t these bamboo structures remind you of Singapore’s Garden by the Bay?  I actually thought it was Singapore’s pavilion, however it was Vietnam’s.  The bamboo structure is supposed to represent the lotus, vietnam’s national flower and a symbol of optimism for the future. I got there at the right time, there was a traditional Vietnamese dancing going on, with music.

Rating  (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥

South Korea’s pavilion

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Futuristic South korea’s pavilion

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Korean welcoming visitors

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I have no idea why this Korean staff was spraying water at his colleagues

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Walking upstairs

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pretty

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Teaching us ‘how to eat

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‘They talked about abesity

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I loved this wall

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Letters on the floor

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Watching the video patiently

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Pretty

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All waiting for the show to start

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Robotic installation

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Robotic installation

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Room of fermentations like kimchi!

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Interactive table

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Cool room

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It changes

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The shop

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Inside the shop

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Modern Shop

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Queuing for Korean food

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Fried chicken

Korean pavilion was another popular one.  It looked really futuristic.  I enjoyed it. it was very different, with lots of different topics, from obesity to robots to pottery.  I liked the room of the fermentation, with interactive table explaining how fermentaion works.

Rating  (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥

 

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Lots of tins

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Not too much people

Basmati Pavilion

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Basmati Pavilion

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Random food stall

Malaysia’s Pavilion

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Lots of gelato

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Malaysia’s

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Interacting inside Malaysia’s pavilion

There was a huge line for Malaysia pavilion  As you enter, you will be seated to watch a video. Then you will go inside to the rainforest.  You will have to walk around the rainforest, there are some interacting games, however it was fairly boring for adults. i felt like i was on a school trip. It might be fun for children

Rating  (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥

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I love this

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Walking around the side

Lavazza’s pavilion (Italian)

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Got my Caffè macchiato

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At Lavazza

I loved the coffee here. It wasn’t expensive at all, and came in a big cup.  I enjoyed my Caffè macchiato while watching visitors walking by.

Rating  (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥

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Nutella’s shop

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So pretty and spacious

EATALY

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walking towards EATALY

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Lots of restaurants in EATALY

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walking in

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going into EATALY

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Spaghetti ?

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Fatcap.. lol

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Too many to choose from

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only restaurant with a queue

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Found Rossopomodoro

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a long queue

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freshly made

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working hard he is

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Their tomato sauce

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our pizza

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Went upstairs for more seatings and restaurant. It was shockingly empty

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Outside dining area

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Wanted this milk ice cream

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Only a few flavours to choose from

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Milk Gelato

We stopped by EATALY to grab dinner which was a mistake.  With lots of restaurants to choose from, but it was confusing. There were too much choice and you don’t know which one was good. it was empty as well.  There were some queues, but people looked lost just like me.  We ended up getting a pizza from Rossopomodoro which i knew it wasn’t good but atleast it was cheaper. The pizza didn’t satisfy me so we got a Milk gelato from the outside, which was appalling.  the only pros was there are plenty of tables and seats upstairs or you can relz sitting outdoor.

Rating  (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥

Fruit and Legumes

 

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Looking at plants

Rating  (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥

The Water Zone

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Holland’s pavilion

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Entrance into Hollands pavilion

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Pancakes

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Fries and meatballs

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Loud music and funky dining area

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small balls and big balls? LOL

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Ordering

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Dutch meatballs

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Fried meatballs

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Freshly fried

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More dutch food

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I soooooo wanted this Weed burger!

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Ferris wheel restaurant?

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Burger truck

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Hotdog truck

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So cool

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Silly cow

It was getting dark when i went to Holland pavilion, it was getting busier as everyone were hungry and wanted dinner. There were plenty of food trucks here, with outdoor dining area on grass. This place was definitely the çool’place to hangout.  I felt like I was exploring a street feast here. Their theme was “Share, Grow, Live” which i can totally feel it here.  food here was fast food, but easy tos hare like meatballs. there are seatings where you share with your companion or strangers. everyone is easy going here, and you can see everyone having fun. I love this.  It was young, laid back and cool!

Rating  (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥♥

Hungary’s pavilion

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Hungary’s pavilion

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queuing up for the famous rolled caked, Kürtőskalács (chimney cake) in Hungary

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Kürtőskalács (chimney cake)

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Inside

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Promoting their water

Hungary promoted their mineral water at their pavilion.  It wasn’t interesting but we got free water at the entrance which was very refreshing.

Rating  (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥

Spain’s pavilion

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Walking into Spain’s pavilion

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View from upstair at Spain’s pavilion

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A bar outside

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FFD coop supermarket

Tree of life

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The Tree of life

Tree of life was less spectacular than I imagined.  From looking at their official website, Tree of Life looked much taller and bigger. i imagined it to be like the one in Singapore. However, this was disappointing too

Rating  (out of 5 hearts): 

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Slovenia’s Pavilion

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Austria’s pavilion

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Chile’s pavilion

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Huge shop

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Lots to buy

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Dining area

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Chile!

Germany’s pavilion

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America’s pavilion

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Eyecatching America’s pavilion

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Walking to the inside

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Obama’s video

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obama talks about food

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Obama again

 

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Upstairs

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Upstairs overlooks the expo

America’s pavilion was big, and immediately we wanted to go in, it is America after all. Upon arriving on the first floor, you will see a huge screen with a video of Obama talking. I can’t believe he actually agreed to do a video for this expo. Then we walked to the top floor which was a bar, overlooking whole of the expo. Nothing special

Rating  (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥

Magnum bar

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magnum bar

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DIY magnum!

Regrets

I regret not being able to go to these pavilion as i didn’t have enough time, and I was tired:

  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • United Kingdom
  • China

Tips

  • Buy your ticket online – http://www.expo2015.org/en/tickets
    However I really don’t think you need to buy the seasonal pass or three day pass, as it is only slightly cheaper.  I would buy one day and see if you would like to return, as I thought one day was enough
  • Bring a fan – it is hot.
  • There is two entrance/exit, East and West so don’t get confused
  • If you are driving, there are several car parks.  upon arriving at the ticket office, show them your car park ticket and you will receive a free night ticket for anytime.
  • There are night tickets where it is a lot cheaper, you can go and enjoy the food

Verdict

Would I go back again? No, one day was enough
Rating from my brain (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥ 
Rating from my heart (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥
Overall rating (out of 10 hearts) : ♥♥♥♥♥ 5/10

I originally planned to visit the expo for three consecutive days. i am glad i didn’t buy the 3 days ticket as it would have been a waste of money.  Although i didn’t visit all the pavilions, I still didn’t return. The pavilions was boring, some I didn’t even bother going into, some I just totally didn’t see the connection with the main theme of the expo.  The food was below average, i spent more time walking to find an interesting pavilion than walking inside.  It’s a good experience if you are in europe or travelling to Italy, but i wouldn’t flying over just to see this. My ticket was free so i am quite glad i didn’t have to pay for this.

Details

Milano Expo 2015
Exhibition and Trade Centre
20156 Milan
Italy
39 02 02015

Mon – Fri
10am – 11pm
Sat & Sun
10am – 12am

Date
1 May to 31 Oct 2015

Tickets

1 day – Fixed or open date – 39 Euros
2 days – Consecutive – 67 Euros
2 days – Open date – 72 Euros
1 night – Open date – 5 Euros

Family ticket is available if you have children with you.

Buy it online here
If you are flying to Milan, please do consider Etihad airline as they were giving entrance ticket to people who fly with them to Milan