We arrived in Milan at midnight our time, 9 am local time. Between airplane movies and their excitement, my kids had slept only a couple of hours during the flights, but rather than allow them to crash, we followed the advice I give my own clients: to adjust to local time, stay outside in the sunshine and fresh air and try to keep moving.
After a few hours of sightseeing, however, we took pity on the kids and went back to the hotel for a mid-afternoon nap. About 5 pm, we decided to wake up our (very grumpy) offspring.
“I’m tired, I don’t want to get up…. zzzzzzz.”
We told them we’d go for another walk, get something to eat, and then they could go back to bed.
“I’m not hungry.”
We knew they wouldn’t make it through Italian dinner time, which starts no earlier than 7.30 pm, but they needed something to eat before going back to bed. Luckily, the Italian pre-dinner aperitivo hour was about to begin. It wasn’t created for jet-lagged children, but when you buy a drink, you can help yourself to a kid-sized plate of food from the buffet.
Drinks for parents, small plates for children. Gelato as promised, and then bed time – perfetto!