SPRING FEEL

Happy Spring! We love this time of the year, not only because the trees around our neighbourhood magically bloom and make a carpet of pink and yellow flowers all over the streets but also because it is Easter time. We get long holidays, the kids are off school for two weeks, so we often go somewhere. This year we are back to our beloved Italy, travelling to Milan and then down the Southern part to visit my family. Enjoy your holiday too!




CREDITS: 

Striped bodysuit by Minimalisma | Fourmonkeys.com
Tutu | Hubble&Duke
Mocassins | Minimocks

MADRID | Mini getaway city guide

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Madrid in 48 hours, with 5 kids, why not? As part of our Christmas vacation with my parents and my sister's family, we headed to Madrid to celebrate the New Year. What an incredible city! I have been traveling Spain in the past, the south coast called Costa del Sol and I lived in Barcelona for a month to study Spanish. I thought I've seen enough of this country, but I was wrong! Madrid is such a vibrating city, family friendly and with hospitable people. It's so easy to go around, we never took a taxi, never a bus to go to one place to another, we just walked (with 5 kids!...well two of them in the strollers). We booked two apartments in the Chueca district and it was a very good choice. Just be aware that this district gets very very busy at night time, so expect loud voices and noise! Close by to all the sightseeing, we walked from our place to Calle Gran Via which is the main street that will connect you to everything.

DAY ONE
From there we strolled down to Puerta del Sol, where we got to watch the countdown and fireworks at midnight on NY Eve. Carrying on Calle Mayor we reached Plaza Mayor. This rectangular shaped plaza was an amazing sight to watch at Christmas time as all facades of the buildings were lit up by candle shaped lights. Very suggestive!
Fram Plaza Mayor, still carrying on Calle Mayor, don't forget to stop for a quick bite at the Mercado de San Miguel. Delicious food on the go! After filled up our bellies we continued on the same road and finally reached the gorgeous Palacio Real de Madrid, which is totally worth a visit even with small kids. Don't be afraid of the long queue, it will flow quite fast. We did it with the kids during winter! ;)

DAY TWO
We took one of those sightseeing city tour buses. To compensate all that walk from the day before we decided to hop in one of these bus stops scattered all over the city and take a city tour in the comfort of a seated trip. Imagine how easy with the kids this can be. DO IT!
In the afternoon we just chilled at our apartment getting ready for the big NY celebrations!!

DAY THREE
Best day was day three, as tired from all the night's NY party, we kept this day to head to Parque de El Retiro and relax. We grabbed a quick lunch just before entering the park gates at [H]arina, where we had the best empanadas, quiche and croissants. Yum!
The park has also some lovely sightseeing inside, like the gorgeous Palacio de Cristal; you can see it in the background in the picture where Giorgia is sitting on a bench. This park is totally worth a visit, beautiful at winter time, I'm wondering how amazing it will be in Spring time.

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Archbishop of Madrid

Palacio Real
Palacio Real
Palacio Real
Palacio Real
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Palacio de Cristal
Parque de El Retiro


Parque de El Retiro

STAY
Madrid Smart Rentals - Chueca Calle San Marco | modern private apartments

EAT
[H]arina | breakfast and lunch
La Paella de La Reina 39 | best paella and Spanish dishes in town. Not that fancy restaurant but deliciuos homemade food
Mercado de San Miguel | traditional food and finger food on the go

DO
Palacio Real de Madrid
Parque de El Retiro
Puerta del Sol
Plaza Mayor
City Tour Bus

photgraphy | Nico IG @nico_smallittle


BYE BYE WINTER

Hello! Wow, time has literally flown away since we came back from the winter holidays. I was meant to share these Christmas pictures months ago, but you know life and routines easily gobble me up every time. So, just briefly I would like to tell you that we had an amazing time during Christmas. We went to Italy, back to our families. The first series of shots were taken in Lucca where we had a lovely time meeting lots and lots of relatives from Romeo's side, having lots and lots of cosy dinners with them and lots of ice-skating too! Few days before Christmas we drove up to Milan to meet my family: my parents and my sister's family. Beautiful Milan's days spent cozying up and preparing festive food, just before we were headed to Madrid for the New Year's celebrations.

CREDITS:

Black coat and striped dress | Little Creative Factory
Shoes | Manuela De Juan
Flowers table decorations | FRIDA's Italian Flowers Stores
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