Travel: Alsace, France

When my parents came to visit us we took them for one day to France. We are less than 2 hours away from Alsace and the region is just so beautiful. I love the small villages from this part of France since they are so well preserved. Plus they are stunning with the old houses that now are just like huge flower pots since they have flowers all over them. Another plus for this region is the wine making. They are famous for their wine and at every corner you can find a winery and have a wine tasting. The Riesling and the Pinot Gris from the region are among our favs.

This time we chose to see Eguisheim and Riquewihr, 2 beautiful villages that seem to be taken out of a postcard image. In Equisheim we had a wine tasting on the terrace of Emile Beyer’s winery  and we had lunch at Auberge du Rempart, both very nice and worth mentioning.

Riquewhir seemed to be a bit more touristic hence a little more crowded than Eguisheim but still a very nice place to have lunch and explore. One of my favourite dishes in Alsace is the Tarte Flambé and for desert the traditional macarons that you find in the patisseries. In both villages you can take guided wine tours or hop into the touristic trains that offer a tour of the area.

Pictures from Eguisheim

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Pictures from Riquewhir

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Our Parisian weekend sans bebe

Finally I get to post a few updates about our weekend in Paris. It was the first time since we had Luca that we were just the two of us for 3 days. Thank God for Skype and for the internet since it made our time apart a lot more easier. It was nice to be away, but I doubt I could spend more time away from Luca at this point. It was a nice feeling to be able to eat out and not hurry because we have to be home for bed time or just walk and enjoy a coffee stop. But I could not help thinking about our little boy and what he was doing all the time. Plus you just miss the cuddles… Leaving him with his grandma and uncle made it also a bit easier since I knew he was going to receive all the love and attention he needed. Plus at this age (6m) they don’t realise that you are not around so there is no separation anxiety. Overall a good experience as new parents.

And in Paris besides dinning, shopping and walking, my friend and I also attended a macaroon making class while the boys were at Rolland Garros for the tennis match finals. We signed up with Le Foodist cooking school and were very happy with the experience. The location was simply amazing and Amanda, the chef was so nice. Loved it and I would love to attend another class there in the future.

We also ate at 3 new restaurants that I am happy to share with you. La Gauloise that is a typical french cuisine restaurant was perfect for our first dinner in Paris. Perfect location (the 7th arrond. near the Eiffel Tower) and we recommend the steak and the french fries.

Also worth a try are Sourire, perfect for drinks and dinner, and for lunch Le Paradis du Fruit (loved that is next to my favourite bookstore in the Quarrier Latin) with amazing fresh food and juices.

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Weekend away with a baby

We are back from our adventure in Milan with Luca. Normally I would not call a weekend away an adventure but when it is your first time away with your 15 weeks old then the term is just about right. We decided to drive since it was easier for us, Milan being fairly close to Zurich (normally a 3 to 4 hour drive).

We got there around 2 pm on Saturday. We chose a hotel in the city center since we wanted to be able to walk around without being too far from our room, just in case we needed to rush in. I totally recommend Ambasciatori Hotel. They had a crib for us that Luca liked, and even if our room was a standard one, it was spacious enough to fit luggage and stroller.

Luca was incredibly sweet since he enjoyed being in his stroller, slept, played and overall let us enjoy our time there. We shopped, ate out, had good coffee and gelato, all while having our little one with us.

After 2 days away (we got back on Monday) I am incredibly happy that we decided to do a trip with Luca at this age since it just proves me once again that if you step out of your comfort zone, you might be pleasantly surprised. Travelling with a baby is certainly different then when it was just me and my husband but it is equally fun and entertaining. Everyday we realised how blessed and proud we are to have such a sweet baby. And Italy was a good destinations since Italians are nice and seem to love babies. We even had a funny encounter in a store, when an older lady came to the stroller and asked to take a peek inside. She saw Luca and starting exclaiming how cute he is. Then she asked if he has blue eyes (he was sleeping). Traian said no at which point she exclaimed: He is still beautiful! :)) This would never happen in Zurich. It made our day…Also waiters and people in restaurants were very accommodating and helpful. So if you have doubts about travelling with kids, just go with it. Trust your instincts and your child.

And it would not be a trip to Italy without me not mentioning food. We had the best pizza this weekend at Gino Sorbillo. The place is amazing since they only use ingredients from farmers, so everything is fresh and locally supplied. They only make 400 pizzas a day so if you are lucky to get a table you are in for a treat (no reservations are made). We had the hotel next to the restaurant so when it opened on Sunday, we were the first there for lunch.

We also tried the rooftop bar and restaurant, Obicà Mozzarella Bar Milano from la Rinascente. Slow food, good wine and prosecco and a very nice view of the city.

We took Luca to the park, but he was not very impressed. He cried his lungs out before he went to sleep.

 

He actually enjoyed shopping and restaurants more. I am not at all surprised since he is my son.

And a selfie of the 3 of us in the elevator. For those of you that don’t know my husband, meet his signature selfie face. I think Luca is still trying to figure out what he is doing with us.

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xox, Andreea.

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Travel – Verona, Italy

A few weeks ago we spent a weekend in Italy (you can read more about it here) and we visited Verona. We were very impressed with Juliet’s city. It is up there next to Rome and Florence when it comes to Italian places that you must see. It was a very hot day in which we got lost on the beautiful streets and fell in love with all the architecture. Since it was our last getaway this summer, we got a bit emotional when we realised that this might be the last time we go sightseeing just the two of us. We turn into little explorers when we land in a new place and most probably our next trip will be with our baby next to us and that just gives me the chills. I can’t wait for that. But back to Verona, I totally recommend it and i leave you with a few pictures from our day there.

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I was wearing Zara espadrilles and shorts, United Colors of Beneton top, Furla bag, Panama hat.

 

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Travel – Lake Garda in Italy

This past weekend we headed to Italy for a few days of sun, relaxing, good food and beautiful views. We were not disappointed one bit since the region of Garda Lake is beautiful. On our way there we stopped in Milan to shop the last days of the summer sales and had a great lunch at Paper Moon. I totally recommend it if you are passing by Milan (the location is very convenient and you will get great food).

We decided to stay in a small town, Moniga del Garda, at Vieulif bed and breakfast. It was one of the best accommodation experiences we had in a while and we would gladly return there. The town had an old Castle on a hill that served as a fortress in the old age. Now everything is restored but the houses in the area kept the Middle Age charm. As you walk down from the Castle you can admire the Italian villas and their beautiful gardens, see the olive trees and the winery and daydream of spending your life surrounded by such beauty. And then you get to the lake where you can rent a boat and enjoy a day on the lake.

In the 2 days we stayed in the area we also saw the towns of Desenzano, Sirmione and Peschiera. They all have the same charm, but they are slightly bigger and more touristic then Moniga. I tried to make a selection of photos from each of them (I really love all the pictures Traian took and is very hard to limit myself to only a few so expect loads) if you want to take a look.

Moniga del Garda, our home for a few days

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Sirmione del Garda, very touristic because of the big castle and the old city centre that is truly something special.

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Peschiera del Garda, very charming little town. We had a good lunch at L’Osteria, a typical Italian restaurant in the city centre.

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Desenzano del Garda, the largest town in the area, loved the large promenade along the lake and the harbour.

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Winery in the area of Desenzano.

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XO, Andreea!

 

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Easter weekend

We are home for the Easter weekend and even though we are moments away from the sea and the beach, the weather is stubborn and keeping us inside. Weirdly enough I don’t mind it, I have some cool books to keep me company and I just woke up from a nap. I also found a few things online that kept my mind busy. Take a look.

A girl starts a 100 days push-ups challenge. So inspiring.

An interview about mariage.

Check this cheesecake recipe. I know what I am having for desert next.

My friend makes a delicious strawberry lemonade. Perfect for summer.

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Strawberry Lemonade

I have a skirt obsession, Alice and Olivia maxi color block skirt.

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Isn’t this house a dream? I love how the old and the new pieces blend in so perfectly.

One cute necklace found on Etsy.

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Have a relaxing weekend, lovelies!

XO, Andreea!

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Beautiful Barcelona

Whenever someone tells you that Barcelona is an amazing city, listen and believe them. They are so right because it is a city that does not disappoint. If you are a foodie, a party animal, an explorer, a shopaholic or simply an enthusiast traveller then you will find everything you need here. We were there this weekend as part of a birthday present for my husband. I gave him tickets to a Barcelona football match, since it’s his favourite team. He loved the match (Barca won 4 to 1) and we had the best experience at the stadium. We were lucky to have nice weather as well, especially on Sunday when walking in the sun was a bliss.

We had some very good recommendations for restaurants from some friends that I would love to share with you: Cerveceria Catalana (best tapas we ever had, very good value for money) 7 Portes (best paella we had so far, a little pricy, but so worth it), Kibuka for a Japanese Brazilian fusion cuisine (good value for money), La Florentina (for breakfast and brunch), Boldu (bakery with good coffee, donuts and breakfast options. I strongly recommend the donuts).  For a rooftop bar in the city centre we recommend Terraza 83,3 close to la Pedrera.

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In case you were wondering, Sagrada Familia is still unfinished…

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Bernina Express

This weekend we finally got to use one of the presents we got for our wedding (one year ago). We had tickets for a train ride with Bernina Express. It’s a very famous train that takes you through the Swiss and Italians Alps. We only took the short ride from Chur to Poschiavo (around 7 hours both ways) and we enjoyed some incredible views. There is something about trains that just sets the mood for a trip and if you add looking out the huge windows to the amazing fall scenery, then you have a guaranteed relaxing day. Traian managed to take some great shots from the train, that I am so happy to share with you. Have a nice week, my dears!

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One Sunday afternoon in Lindau

This Sunday we decided to take a day trip to Lindau, on the Bodensee lake in Germany. We seem to be incapable to just stay in, when the sun is shining and there are so many nice places just around the corner. Also I have found my perfect Sunday activity. Flipping through American Elle while enjoying a cup of coffee on a nice terrace can be the ultimate form of relaxation especially after a crazy Saturday (we went to a day party and then street parade in Zurich). Lindau was just perfect, a much needed change of scenery after the madness that was Zurich this weekend. And the city is beautiful, with the promenade around the lake, the port and the small streets that make it so special. Worth a visit, if you are in the area.

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Italian weekend – Milan and Bellagio

I already told you that last weekend we were going to be in Milan. And despite the heavy traffic and the unbearable heat we managed to get there by Saturday noon. Milan in the summer is a no go if you ask me, since it gets so hot in the city that you can only be inside under the protection of air-conditioning. I only found this out this past weekend. So imagine that shopping was a very good rescue and instead of plenty of water we decided to hydrate with ice cream. One of the reasons why Italy will always be on my top destination list is the food and the beautiful landscapes. You can never get enough of the Italian taste and the dolce far niente. Pictures below are from Milan and Bellagio.

With our good friends!

Traian loves this place, La Premiata Pizzeria, and yes, it is the best pizza and pasta in town!

Traian loves ice cream! This is a statement that is as true as day and night, and because we take a lot of pictures we took pictures of all the gelato he managed to have in one day. And I assure you, a few hours more in Italy and he would have had some more. But seriously, how insanely good can gelato be?

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