Italy trip was in October 2015. Our plan was Rome-Lake Como – Milan. And although we heard horror stories of how it might be too cold in october already, I did my research and we stuck to our plan. And I’m glad we did!! Our trip was 15 days – and ended on October 22nd in Milan, from where we flew back to India via Dubai with Emirates. The last three days in Milan were tough – it was super cold suddenly and it was raining and even a hail storm. We did love Milan though and all the shopping!!
I had managed to convinced V to get us a double stroller – and I had a few fancy ones on the list, unfortunately, In India we only found Chicco. Fortunately though, it worked out well and was steady enough for the trip and lasted us well. The rain cover was a big help in Milan – and Myra would keep saying ‘momma, we are in a tv!’ 😀
Rome was amazing and remains one of our fav cities, so much to do in a day and a lot of fun! Lake como – it’s more gorgeous than any pictures you will see anywhere. It’s a stunning place and it’s huge. We stayed in Bellagio – the main, the most busy town. Stayed right in the centre at a airbnb and it was perfect. The many stairs can be a bit of pain, but we managed quite well mostly with our stoke baby carrier and Myra walked everywhere with us. The day would start with a nice breakfast at the apartment and we would head out with our babies and a backpack for the day – we explored many nearby towns by the boat. One can also get a private tour on small, fancy boats – which we really wanted to do, but somehow the timings of the same did not work for us. Myra loved being on the big boats and throughly enjoyed lake como. There were nice lunches by the lake, gellatos, strawberry and cream treats, long long walks, some amazing food, catching up with friends and cheese and wine of course! such a happy time. Mostly. Well, there are always very tough times too with kids – crying, tantrums, massive poopoos at the most inconvenient and embarrassing of times, but V and I worked like a team. It was us against the kids and we just had to make it work. We had to win and save the day. There were some moments of pure frustration, but I can’t really remember the details thankfully, and so they don’t matter. We all remember all things good and fun we did and we are definitely going back to Italy soon (ok, maybe not that soon, but soon enough)!
Here are some pics from our trip –
lake como, menage
verena, lake como
Myra had been waiting for her bday more than very eagerly. It had come to a point that every morning she would ask if it’s her b’day? So the anticipation was just too much and the excitement was at it’s peak. She knew her birthday was close and then she knew it was the next day. We woke her up with some balloons and birthday kisses, hugs and happy screams. She though – and i have to admit I am very much like this myself (and i don’t even know if i can explain this properly) – but like she woke up like it was alright, not too big a deal, some seriousness even. And it’s so funny because I would do the same. Anyways, although the start was slow and soft and the smiles were shy, it was all very very exciting soon after. We blew balloons and set the decorations. My folks, sister and grandfather all came down for Myra’s b’day from different cities and that made it so very extra special for her. And Myra was simply thrilled. We then got ready, Myra wore a beautiful white cotton dress and we opened the gifts.
We got her an ice-cream set which makes several flavours of make-do ice-creams in all colours possible and boy, does she love it!!! she also got dolls and dresses and jackets and colour sets and books and doctor sets, amongst many other small and not-so big little gifts.
In the evening we just had Myra’s very close friends, and since it was summer holidays we were glad atleast a few were able to make it. The kids had a blast and danced around in utter joy on their favourite tunes. We hope we can pull off small little intimate parties for as long as we can, because I’m just not ready for the big ones!! We did get a magician guy to come in and he showed tricks for about 45 mins maybe. Myra cried when he asked if she wanted to volunteer for a trick! 😀 Myra was overjoyed to get a mickey mouse cake – chocolate & cherry flavour!! And she danced on ‘chitiyan kalaiyan’ and ‘mickey mouse tunes’ like 50 times!!!! Little Avika was so happy and kicked and let out happy screams and clapped.
Our little Myra monkey turned 3 on June 28th. In these three years she has made us so grateful for life. She is thoughtful, bright, adventurous and curious – but not reckless and is rather cautious. She loves consistency just like I do and even more! She is an amazing sister to little Avu and likes to protect her and share (although there is always room there for more ) She loves Mickey Mouse and making her own chocolate milk and then finishing it on the count of 10, she loves playing with us, she loves magic and laughing, and just fills the air with so much joy that no one around her can be untouched by it.
Myra – you are our life and soul baby, thank you for coming into our lives and giving us this opportunity to be a part of your bigger journey in life. You are a sweet and loving girl and your strong, beautiful soul just shines so brightly that.. that i just want to thank you really. We love you to bits and hope you always and forever remain happy, healthy and wise. And may you always believe in magic.
Went for the AIFW last night. Held at Pragati Maidan and boasting of the top names from the fashion world, it’s a treat to go when I can get out. My mom’s here, so all thanks to her!! We attended JJ Valaya’s show, with the theme – ‘Bolshoi Bazaar’. It was a beautiful play of Indian embroidery and gorgeous prints like Ikat with a hint of Russia. While the set and music was mesmerising, the hair was dramatic and the clothes were beautiful lines, textiles and fur. I specially loved the Men’s line. Here’s a look –
The Bolshoi Bazaar
My favourite piece from the show, wish he had indulged us more with this print!
Bolshoi Bazar & Kindle
Before the show we got a peek into the Harper’s Bazaar exhibit showcasing their reinvention of Khadi, in collaboration with the top designers of the country. If you find yourself at AIFW 2015 – make sure you find this stall because it’s beautifully done and you will find yourself admiring creations in Khadi, for a long time. And wanting almost each one of them!
With the very talented, very sweet and very quirky Varun Rana of Harper’s Bazar India.
Harper’s Bazaar stall – a must check out. They have reinvented khadi and trust me, it’s gorgeous!!