June 19, 2017
MILAN, Italy - The sixth day of the DePaul softball team's European trip features the first competition for the Blue Demons on the softball field after touring Sforza Castle and the Milan Cathedral.
Today's travel journal entries are provided by Kayla Landwehrmier and Madison Fisher.
Today we visited Sforza Castle. During the 1400s through part of the 1500s, this castle was property to the Duke of Milan. However, it is now own by the city.
The Sforza Castle was a beautiful structure constructed completely of red bricks.
An interesting dynamic of the Sforza Castle was its multipurpose construct. One wing of the Castle was colorfully decorated in yellow with beautiful open space and many windows. This was used as the leisure portion of the Castle.
On the other wing, there was a suspendible iron gate that enclosed the area. This was useful for protection during times of war.
Arguably, the most important component of the Castle was the family emblem that was illustrated on the Castle wall. This emblem entails a blue snake and a Red Cross that symbolizes the industry of Milan. This emblem is used to brand Milan through its products.
After visiting Sforza Castle, we went straight to the Milan Cathedral. The cathedral, made entirely of marble from throughout Italy, is actually the third largest in the world. Once you are inside, you are greeted by beautiful floors and the largest stain glass windows in existence. One of the most important parts of the cathedral was the little red dot hanging from the ceiling. This dot highlights the placement of one of the original nails used in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Next, we got on the bus and left for lunch near the softball field. On our way, our guide pointed out several more highlights throughout the city. One of these highlights included the UniCredit Tower, the highest building in Milan. We were excited when we realized that this building was designed by César Pelli, the same man who designed DePaul University's Theater School and the new Wintrust Arena.
After lunch, we were excited to finally play some softball. It was so much fun playing an international team and getting to see our 2017-18 squad playing together for the first time.
After the game we got the opportunity to mingle with the Italian team and enjoy some Italian snacks. Even though there was a language barrier we were quickly able to bond with the girls over our mutual love for the sport.
Tomorrow we are off to Rome!
Kayla & Madison