Monthly Archives: July 2009

What? Vacation AGAIN ???

Yes, sorry … unlike the last summers, when we did 3.5 weeks in one piece, this time we are stretching vacation time around 2 nearly two week trips … we are off to the mountains now, and when we come … Continue reading

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Pool fun out in the wine country

Getting wet while here in northern Italy seems to be a privilege. I actually don’t know of any public pools, but I see a few overcrowded watering holes along the river, being part of over-prized clubs. So, it was a … Continue reading

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Fish crazy

Inspired by our recent trip to Spain, I found the courage to start talking to the fish guy at the supermarket’s fish stand … and since then (and me finally learning to remember to ask for having the fish cleaned … Continue reading

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Playing papa’s uke

He discovered my ukulele, which I had just fixed and tuned again … I wonder if he will get into playing it … I am not pushing.

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Refilling the fridge

After 2 weeks gone, we had to get the essentials. I am still wondering about those plastic gloves they make you wear when you pick up your produce. Never seen that in any other country.

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It’s a kid in a box

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Back Home

We made it! We just returned to Moncalieri after a surreal ferry experience and a 1.5 h drive from Genova. Now laundry and stuff and then I will try to tackle the missing updates … tons of pictures and stories … Continue reading

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Ferry ride back home

I had all forgotten about how surreal a long, over-night ferry trip can feel like, especially when you sail into a fog around dinner time. We had chosen to return by ferry because it is about the same price compared … Continue reading

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Las Ramblas / Barri Gòtic / Seafood @St. Josep Market / Montjuïc / more tapas

What a long day today: for the first time we explored the Barcelona public transport and found a very helpful person who explained to us that a 10 times ticket is cheaper than 2 rides back and forth for the … Continue reading

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Excellent Sushi @ Wasabi (BCN)

So close to the sea, the sushi has to be great, and so, after some internet research, we ventured out to find the allegedly best Japanese restaurant in Barcelona: Wasabi And we were not disappointed. We had some nice yakisoba … Continue reading

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Santa Maria de Montserrat

Today’s trip was to the 30 – 40 minutes away mountain of Montserrat, which has an old Benedictine Abbey nestled into one of it’s crevices. A very spectacular place to visit. I always thought you had to decide wether you … Continue reading

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Kunstflieger (Pool Fun)

How nice that our city hotel has a small outdoor pool. And so much fun to watch that Julius is in no way afraid of water. He kept jumping and jumping.

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Sagrada Familia / Casa Batlló / Tapas / Casa Milà

Since it was Sunday, traffic looked light and we had no clue yet about the public transport system, we dared to do Barcelona sight-seeing by car. And it worked out surprisingly well. First stopped was the Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudí’s … Continue reading

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Scenic Drive to Barcelona

Instead of taking the highway, I tried to navigate us along the costa brava. Not as easy as I thought, the first bunch of towns were very crowded (Palamos). But then 20 km before Tossa de Mar it became very … Continue reading

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Last beach day (video) / lunch @ ‘La Clota’

Gladly, for our last day in L’Escala, the sun came out again and we returned to the Montgo beach, much to Julius’ enjoyment. This time even a bit of video After 3 hours of sun, sand and fun, we found … Continue reading

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