Last week, I’ve been in Milano with a friend to visit the World Expo and also to spend good time in the city: I hadn’t been there for 10 years. I propose you a zoom about the french pavilion of Milan Word Expo 2015 and also some tips in general.
I visited this Expo with new eyes as it is my very first World Expo. YES, I am part of the “older” bloggers, but NO, I wasn’t there in 1889 for the inauguration of the Eiffel Tower…Nevertheless, I had serious expectations on the theme “Feeding the planet, energy for life”.
French Pavilion at World Expo Milan 2015:
Although at first sight, the French pavilion is not the most ambitious of the Expo, it has good assets: representing an inverted landscape and built by a small company based in the Jura out of french wood, it is completely reusable. That is why it made the BUZZ regarding its eco-friendly conception whereas this appears to be obvious: if you think of all those buildings that will be used 6 months and then nothing, it’s just incredible!
It is a very design and aesthetic pavilion which promotes a little bit too much French Heritage whereas there a few ideas on food future; it also lacks of pedagogie and reflexion about how to manage waste, future agriculture, etc…
It is nevertheless one of my favourites; moreover thanks to its design despite crowd you can visit it without queuing which is far from being the case everywhere as you will see…
For snack, we’ve been hyper chauvinistic and so we tried the baguette sandwich and the Kouign Amann (a wonderful Breton cake): FORGET! A tasteless sandwich costing 6 euros (good point for the bread anayway) and a very dry kouign amann: such an expensive disappointment! I heard very good things about the restaurant on the roof top…
World Expo Milan 2015:
At the beginning with my friend, we thought we could visit everything in 2 days, and we quickly realised that many pavilions are meaningless: either you don’t learn anything, or they act as if they were travel agencies: “come to visit us, our country is so nice!”
So my first advice if you want to visit the Expo (and next ones too): read the press on the net for exemple so select the most interesting pavilions.
Second advice:if you can, don’t come in august (and July also I guess)! Once you’ve done your choice among pavilions, you will soon realise that you are not the only one who selected them…. to give you an idea, on the second day we only visited 2 pavilions: that of Japan and Germany, among the most requested. OK, we left at 5pm because we were tired and also because of the Aperitivo a VERY important tradition: we could not miss it!
If I had to give my favorites for this Milan World Expo, in addition to the French pavilion, I would first of all select Germany because everything is there: research, information, playful side and design, etc…Japan is also good, but visit time is too long (50 minutes) and if presentation is perfect, some topics exposed are really irrelevant compared to the theme. I also liked Monaco and Slow Food pavilion: very informative. I just regret that I could not visit Italy.
Well I hope that this will be helpful if you intend to visit the World Expo and if you don’t, I still hope that you made a small journey thanks to my photos.