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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eternal city

During my stay in Rome a few weeks back we spent one afternoon on a walking tour of the city.  We started from the Colosseum and ended in Piazza Navona. What a wonderful photo opportunity and a great way to spend the afternoon. We were also lucky with the weather. It ended up being the only sunny day of the week but super cold. During my stay we were guests of the La Borghesiana House which you can see in this post here.

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when in rome, do as the romans do

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.... I spent 4 days for work in this wonderful guest house, 30 minutes outside of Rome: La Borghesiana. Really different from a normal hotel concept.  I believe it’s for businesses and company events only but they really make you feel at home. The rooms are super comfortable and cozy. The food was amazing. They are managed by Châteauform. Here are some pictures of this wonderful venue.

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2019 on top of the world

Happy New Year! Our 2019 started with a trip on the Bernina Train from Tirano to St. Moritz. We wanted to take Isabella on a train ride since she loves trains so much and we wanted to see the snow and spend a day on top of the Alps and of course take pictures of this adventure.

We don't ski so we usually don't go to the mountains very often, but we spent New Year’s at our friends’ house in Teglio so we figured it was an easy trip. Unfortunately, we didn't consider that we stayed up late celebrating 2019 the night before and we had to wake up Isabella very early on the 1st of January. She was not very happy. The two and a half hours on the train both ways were not easy. She was tired all day and the trip was too long for her. She also didn't like the snow and kept asking to go to the sea. Maybe she will change her mind later in life. I personally prefer the sea as well but I have to admit the scenery from the train was pretty stunning.

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santa claus is coming to town

Merry Christmas! I think Isabella is still too little to really understand what Christmas is, however, she does understand that Santa brings her presents but she probably doesn't understand why. Anyway, this morning we woke up and we had to explain to her that it was finally Christmas and that maybe Santa brought her some presents. I don't think she is so conscious yet of being good or bad, but I do think she was honestly surprised. She is also at the stage in which she doesn't really have any expectations, she is happy getting anything.  We didn't go crazy searching for any fancy toys, just simple books, playdoh and Legos seemed to have made her happy. Of course, the real gift was having both grandmas and grandpas over for Xmas dinner and also Uncle Marco gets a special mention for playing with her all day :).

One last thing: I bought Isabella her first camera (toy camera), but I think I was more exited than she was.

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under water

Spending the day at the Genova Aquarium last Friday was the best idea, Alice and I could come up with! No crowds and our kids were highly entertained and super exited all day. We took the train from Milano to Genova and then two subway stops from there. This way we didn't have to deal with traffic and the kids got to see the trains as well. By the way it was Isabella's first time on the train, and she was the beyond thrilled.

It took about 3 hours to see all attractions in the aquarium, but it was worth it. The dolphins were a super hit for everyone. My favorite will always be the piranhas: deadly but beautiful (6th picture from the top)!

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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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