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9 HOURS IN TORTONA AND NAVIGLI

INGRIDESIGN_reading outside the MUDEC

Last week I spent 9 hours around the Tortona & Navigli area of Milan. I really like it there so I thought I would share some of the things I did. It is a very trendy up-and-coming area of Milan full of cool café’s, creative shops, streetart & fashionable beautiful people everywhere you go. I would say it’s in a way Milan’s version of Brick Lane; a great place to have a wander if you are like me and in need of some inspiration. My aim of the day was to get to know the area so I decided on not bringing a map or using google maps on my phone. It went surprisingly good and is to me the best was to explore a new area, although it is good to have google maps at hand incase you get really lost.

My day started by taking the underground in to Porta Genova Station, which is right in the middle of where Tortona & Navigli meet and therefore the perfect starting point. It was then time for breakfast, which to me is one of the most important times of the day! I had done a bit of research online beforehand and decided to go to this place called God Save The Food which looked very appealing. They had croissants and cakes and a large colourful selection of smoothies (which I didn’t see until after I had ordered.. *sadface) but in the spirit of all things British I decided on a cute salmon & cucumber finger sandwich. As I was happy to discover that they had soya milk I also ordered a soya cappuccino which was very tasty.

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli GSTF breakfast

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli GSTF cappuchino

It was a nice place to grab breakfast because even though it is very popular and quite a lot of people they all seem to run out the door quite quickly after shooting down their espresso so most of the tables were empty.

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli GSTF interior

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli GSTF interior wall

After breakfast I had a walk around the area for nearly 2 hours exploring and trying to get familiar with it. I discovered that Napapijri has a showroom there (trust the Norwegian to spot the Norwegian flag), saw a lot of cool places I have put on my to-do list for another time and got a bit lost on the hunt for a shop called Bio c’ Bon. I eventually found it and had a browse before I ended up with this little vegan treat.

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli vegan snack

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli MUDEC exterior

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli MUDEC reflection

After the snack I walked a bit more before I arrived at the MUDEC museum and had a look inside to see what it had to offer. Their design store is great, almost like a little art gallery of it’s own, and the bistro was beautiful & modern with a lot of art on the walls. There is also a restaurant on the third floor of the building which I didn’t go in to, but it’s said to be ‘an elegant, exclusive setting for gourmet dining’.

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli MUDEC art wall

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli MUDEC art

As I wasn’t in the mood to walk around inside too much on this sunny day I decided not to go to the exhibition (but noted down that there will be a Barbie exhibition on later this year that I might check out.) I had a little snoop around inside the building though as I was curious to see the interestingly shaped hallway on the second floor.

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli MUDEC stairs interior

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli MUDEC walls interior

I found a lovely yellow chair outside in the courtyard and rested my feet for a bit while I read a book. It was a nice and peaceful place to sit, and that chair was so comfortable!

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli MUDEC outdoor chairs

“A multidisciplinary and multifunctional centre devoted to the world’s various cultures, the Mudec, Museo delle Culture, is designed to become a point of reference in Italy for research, dissemination and entertainment in the fields of art and creativity. The Mudec engages in constant dialogue with the international communities present in Italy so as to ensure broad expression of the multiplicity of cultures involved with no sacrifice of their complexity.” – MUDEC mission statement

At this point I was getting very hungry and as I was close by God Save The Food I decided to go back again for lunch. This time it was very full of people as there are many offices nearby, but there were a few tables still available so I didn’t have to wait too long. I was meeting my boyfriend for lunch and it was a lovely place for a little lunch date, although a bit noisy. My boyfriend had the club sandwich (which looked amazingly good but I forgot to take a photo of) and I had eggs & bacon which was also very good.

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli GSTF lunch plate

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli canal view

After saying goodbye to my boyfriend I headed to the Navigli district which surrounds the city’s historic canals and is the place to go in Milan for an aperitivo. As I was there around 3 and not really ready for a drink (yet) I decided to just walk along the canal in the sun. I have been there many times in the evening, but it is nice to see it when it is all empty during the week.

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli canal

At the end of the Naviglio Grande canal I ended up at the Urban Farmers Market of Milan called Mercato Metropolitano. It is a temporary 16.000 sm. area of streetfood, farmers, artisans and events created within the ‘Outside EXPO’ calendar “EXPOCITTA”. If you are hungry this is the place to go as it has all kinds of both Italian and international food available.

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli mercato metropolitano

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli mercato metropolitano market

Still feeling so full from the lunch earlier I ended up with a refreshing lemonade from one of the stalls and sat on one of the tables reading my book while people watching and enjoying what was left of the day..

INGRIDESIGN tortona & navigli mercato metropolitano pitstop

I really enjoyed the day in Tortona & Navigli, it is such a creative place with so much to discover around each corner. If you have any tips of any places you have been around there let me know so I can put it on my ever-growing list of things to explore!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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SNAPSHOTS FROM PUGLIA

All photos by ingridesign

All photos by ingridesign

I just got back from a relaxing week of sun, food & fun in Puglia and thought I would share some photos on the blog.

If you don’t know what or where Puglia is, here is a short summery; Puglia (poo-lia) is a region in South Italy bordering the Adriatic Sea which forms the heel on the ‘boot’ of Italy. The region is 19,345 square kilometers with a population of about 4.1 million, and the capital city is Bari. Puglia is a great holiday destination as it has some of Italy’s most beautiful beaches, warm climate, a lot of fascinating towns & important archaeological sites plus amazing food!

I will also be doing a more in-debt post about the cute town Monopoli that we visited, so watch this space! But for now, here are some of the things I spotted (which is to be honest mostly beach related..)

Giant lemons from the backgarden

INGRIDESIGN_snapshots from Puglia :: watermelons

INGRIDESIGN_snapshots from Puglia :: beach

Beautiful & colourful floor tiles

INGRIDESIGN_snapshots from Puglia :: blue sun beach

INGRIDESIGN_snapshots from Puglia :: view

INGRIDESIGN_snapshots from Puglia :: saloon

INGRIDESIGN_snapshots from Puglia :: granita & reading

INGRIDESIGN_snapshots from Puglia :: empty beach

INGRIDESIGN_snapshots from Puglia :: house

INGRIDESIGN_snapshots from Puglia :: entrance

INGRIDESIGN_snapshots from Puglia :: indian figs

INGRIDESIGN_snapshots from Puglia :: storm aproaching blue sun beach

INGRIDESIGN_snapshots from Puglia :: details

INGRIDESIGN_snapshots from Puglia :: calippo bubble gum

INGRIDESIGN_snapshots from Puglia :: life is a beach

INGRIDESIGN_snapshots from Puglia :: arrivederci

Psst; want to see more of Puglia? Check out this video; #WeAreinPuglia

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THE OSLO OPERA HOUSE

All photos by ingridesign

All photos by Ingrid Opstad

Last week I went to Oslo for the first time in many years, and something I was very excited to finally see was the Opera House. I have read and seen so many photos of the beautiful building, so it was about time I got to experience it myself.

The Opera House is located in the Bjørvika neighbourhood in central Oslo, right at the head of the Oslofjord. It was designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and completed in 2007, and has since then won the culture award at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in October 2008 as well as the 2009 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.

INGRIDESIGN at the oslo opera house 2

INGRIDESIGN at the oslo opera house 3

The angled exterior surfaces of the building are covered with Italian marble from Carrara and white granite, and the design makes it appear to be rising from the water. This is such a clever way to join the surrounding nature, fjord and city together as one. Snøhetta wanted to make the roof of the building a public space, a centre point that would be available for everyone in Oslo which they have achieved.

INGRIDESIGN at the oslo opera house 4

INGRIDESIGN at the oslo opera house 5

The interior is also very spectacular with a lot of oak, aluminium and large glass facades. They are open every day, and even have guided tours around inside the building if you are interested in seeing more. Or you can simply go there for a lovely lunch on the harbour side like we did!

INGRIDESIGN at the oslo opera house interior 3

INGRIDESIGN at the oslo opera house interior 1

The decoration wall designed by Olafur Eliasson in the foyer;

INGRIDESIGN at the oslo opera house interior 2

INGRIDESIGN at the oslo opera house 6

Want to see more? Check out these beautiful photos of the Opera House here on the Snøhetta website.

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MY HAND LUGGAGE ESSENTIALS

Photo by ingridesign

Photo by Ingrid Opstad

Big scarfs that doubles as a blanket from ONLY // Kånken backpack from Fjällräven // Despicable Me 2 minion headphones // Lucia Francis black gold sunglasses by SUPER // My glasses // HAY zip tablet cover for my iPad // Books; Paper Towns by John Green & a travel book (in this case the Wallpaper city guide Milan as I was going to Milan for a week) // Knitted laptop case made by my Mum // My passport // Anker Astro Mini 3200mAh External Battery // A little bag from Søstrene Grene containing my valuables such as my bankcard and cash // And of course my iPhone which I used to take this photo //

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