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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black cloud

Black Cloud is the project by Carlos Amorales that can be seen at the Fondazione Pini. We took Isabella to see this amazing historic place which was filled with 15 thousand black butterflies all over the walls and all over the existing permanent exibihition. The result was pretty impressive.

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bella and the city @design week

A couple of weeks ago was “design week” here in Milan. I always look forward to this event because the city transforms into a real European city, full of art and interesting people as opposed to what feels like a small closed Italian town. Last year I took a day off from work just to wonder around the city and take pictures of the art installations I liked the most (post here). Unfortunately, this year I wasn’t that lucky and the only time we had was a brief two hours on Saturday morning.  

Of course, the lines to get to the most interesting installations and sites were too long and the weather was cold and rainy but Isabella had fun running around the city anyway. Oh yes and I tried my first cappuccino at the Italian Starbucks. Not sure I will have another one.

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xmas spirit

Let the Holiday Season begin! December has just started and Milano is already full of great Xmas activities to do with the kids or without but the important thing is to get into the Christmas spirit and try to survive the crowds.

This weekend we went to the Villaggio delle Meraviglie (Christmas Wonderland Village) at the Giardini Idro Montanelli close to the Duomo in the center of the city. It was already madness.

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here comes the sun

Last Sunday was the first real sunny day in weeks. It was a bit chili as well, but I still prefer sunny and cold over warm but cloudy.

We decided to spend Sunday morning at the "Biblioteca degli alberi" which is the new park in the Porta Nuova district of Milano, really close to the famous skyscrapers like “Bosco Verticale” and the Unicredit tower. The park is huge, more than 85000 square meters and it also has a playground with all kind of swings for kids. Overall super beautiful and relaxing place. Next to the park there are some nice stores and the Feltrinelli book store with a great coffee shop in the Piazza Gae Aulenti.

If you ever come visit Milan come check it out.

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between reality and imagination magritte style

Today was another cloudy rainy day in Milan. We decided to take Isabella to the Magritte exhibit at the “La Fabbrica del Vapore”. After stopping by the café for cappuccino and doughnuts we were ready to walk in.

The poster of the exhibit said, “emotion exhibition” and I can confirm this was no ordinary art show but more of a multimedia experience of how his work came together. The contents were innovative and fun especially for kids.

Isabella was a little hesitant at the beginning but once inside the big room with the mirrors and the projections of Magritte’s art all over the walls and with music playing in the background, she was super amazed and exited. As usual I couldn’t resist documenting this experience. By the way check our new family portrait about half way through the page if you can find it.

If you are in Milan and have kids are even if you don’t, I totally recommend it.

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afternoon downtown

When we got back from Sardinia we decided to take Isabella downtown Milano. We don't like crowds, so we hardly ever go there especially on weekends, but we took advantage of the fact that the city was still pretty empty and so there we were. Isabella was super hyper and exited and started running all over the place.  Sometimes it feel like she is ready to conquer the world... or at least the city.

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