afternoon at lago di braies

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Lago di Braies was one of the destinations we wanted to see on this trip. We were a bit discouraged by horror stories of people trying to reach it during high season which is now, and not even being able to park the car or see the lake because of the crowd.

On our way back from Lake Dobbiano we decided we would still try and go anyway. We figured that with bad weather and going late in the afternoon the early crowds would be gone... and so it was. We could get parking and there were no lines to see the lake and to rent the boat. 

 Yes, it was raining at first, but the lake was still beautiful and we were lucky to get a little bit of sun light while we were on the boat on the lake. Please do keep in mind that the boat ride doesn't come cheap: €28 one hour. Of course, we did it anyway because we thought it would be too much fun to pass. Isabella was thrilled to ride and help daddy row the boat and I could shot a million pictures without people in the way. It was a good day.

back to school

Today was Isabella's first day at kindergarten and also her first day of walking to school without the stroller. She also decided she didn't want to hold my hand anymore except for the first minute out of the door. She is all grown up and I can't get used to that.

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chasing clouds in alto adige

For the second part of our vacation we decided to spend some time in Trentino Alto Adige. After all the heat in Sicily we felt we needed a place to cool down. We spent four days surrounded by nature, Isabella got to see some farm animals up close and personal and I got to take some pictures. Weather was bit unstable but we had a great time anyway.

More to come on separate posts of some of the most popular sights around this area and which we enjoyed a lot like Lago di Braies and Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

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last day of beach fun

Last day at the beach. Waves were high so it was hard to swim and play in the water, but it was still nice. On the way back to the apartment I convinced Alex to take me to see the house where they filmed a very popular Italian tv series called Montalbano. The location is called Punta Secca. The house that appears in the series is now a bed and breakfast. It’s a very popular sight now because it got so famous. There where so many tourists it was embarrassing, and it felt a little bit like Hollywood except we were in Sicily.

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three hours in syracuse

On this trip to Sicily I really wanted to see Syracuse. I had only heard about this beautiful city from people that had visited but I never had the chance to see it. The only problem being a tourist in August is the heat. That’s why during the day people stay at the beach and in the evening they are all walking around the sights and of course it’s high season so there were a lot of people.

We arrived just in time for sunset but we really had little time before dark so we rented a bike tour guide that took us around the Ortigia Island which is the most beautiful and popular tourist part of Syracuse.  

I only wish we could have had more time. It felt like a ran through the city taking lots of pictures and hoping for the best. Next time I really want to spend at least a couple of days. After sunset we had a nice seafood dinner and then drove back to Marina di Ragusa.

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san lorenzo beach and marzamemi

During our vacation we decided to spend one day at the San Lorenzo beach close to the Riserva di Vendicari on the east cost of Sicily. It took us almost two hours to get there from Marina di Ragusa but it was worth it. The beach was amazing, and the water was all shades of blue. During high season it can get crowded but that goes for all popular locations all over Italy. On our way back we stopped by this very cute little fisherman’s town called Marzamemi for some great Sicilian granita.

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destination sicily

Here we are in beautiful Sicily. This year we decided to take a plane instead of driving somewhere so we could save time. Isabella was super exited. Destination: Marina di Ragusa.

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We rented an apartment with a beautiful view of the sea, situated not far from the beach but not walking distance. The positive side is that we have parking, a terrace so we can eat outside and an amazing swimming pool. Oh yes and the garden is beautiful too. The down side is that we have to drive to the beach but this way we can explore more.

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bagni misteriosi

It’s summer. It’s hot. What’s better than a summer party pool side? This year our company meeting took place in this beautiful venue called “Bagni Misteriosi” in Milano. It’s a very popular and trendy location and it’s also a swimming pool. I have been wanting to see this place for a while so I’m glad the event took place here. What a great opportunity to take pictures!

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cooking with dad

As parents we try ang get Isabella involved in the daily house chores. She is very curious, and she loves to learn new things. Once she tries than she gets bored easily and she won’t do it a second time, but we are working on that. This Saturday morning Alex convinced her to help him prepare lunch. This is how it went…

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oregon and more

Last month I attended our annual Summit in Seattle for Microsoft. I decided to land in Portland the weekend before to spend some time with my brother. I arrived on Friday and we decided to go on a road trip around Oregon sightseeing and taking pictures. Oregon State is amazing: desert, ocean, rivers, canyons, forests you name it. Too bad we didn’t have more time. Here are some pictures of our favorite places we visited.

DAY 1

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Indian Reserve Warm Springs, Oregon

Indian Reserve Warm Springs, Oregon

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Lake Billy Chinook, Oregon

Lake Billy Chinook, Oregon

Lake Billy Chinook, Oregon

Lake Billy Chinook, Oregon

Lake Billy Chinook, Oregon

Lake Billy Chinook, Oregon

DAY 2

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See See Motor Coffee Co., Portland, Oregon

See See Motor Coffee Co., Portland, Oregon

See see Motor Company Co., Portland, Oregon

See see Motor Company Co., Portland, Oregon

St. Johns Bridge, Oregon

St. Johns Bridge, Oregon

Long Beach, Washington

Long Beach, Washington

Long Beach, Washington

Long Beach, Washington

Long Beach, Washington

Long Beach, Washington

Long Beach, Washington

Long Beach, Washington

Astoria. Oregon

Astoria. Oregon

Astoria, Oregon

Astoria, Oregon

Astoria, Oregon

Astoria, Oregon