Today was World’s Fair Day as we trained to Milan. Milan is noticeably upscale and fashionable. It is Italy’s banking and commercial heart, and it is known worldwide as a fashion and design center. Expo 15 is a huge attraction to the city with countries from Angola to Zaire participating by hosting beautiful and unique event buildings at the Expo site.
The theme of the Expo is food production and sustainability. Kathy and I are on stimulation overload. The site is quite well-organized, and the layout is simple and easy to navigate in spite of the large crowds of people from around the world. However, the lights, the sounds, the fountains, the sculptures and the buildings are amazing. Besides the nations that are participating, many corporations involved in food production, as well as Italian corporations, have inviting displays and buildings. Almost every country has food that is indicative of that country, as well as flowers and plants. Products, mainly related to food, are for sale.
Just a few random sites or observations: Ten high fashion models using the main concourse (that stretches about half a mile) as a runway; every state/region of Italy hosting a restaurant in the Italy section offering food for which they are known; Israel having a slanted roof on their building on which were planted the crops grown in that country; large screens, worthy of Times Square, featuring food from around the world; countries in which coffee is a major export grouped together and each offering it to drink; interesting and large light sculptures in the central site piazza; the magnitude and scope of the displays; the variety of building designs quilted together to make a whole; Vatican City’s “Give us our daily bread” quote on the entry and the huge plexiglas, “Rebuild Nepal,” offering box filled with generous monetary donations.
I have never been to a world’s fair and may never again, but I am glad Kathy and I were able to spend time at this one. WEG – Tuesday, September 8, 2015