Milan

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Aperitivo in Milan
Milan is an expensive city, and when you are visiting on travel it's probably even more difficult to have dinner without spending a fortune. During the day the ubiquitous bakeries allow you to eat on a budget easily but at night it's easy to have to shell out a small fortune for a dinner, however nice ...
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MILAN
Play-brunch at the San Vittore
Italians, or possibly just the people from Milan, have come up with their own version of brunch. In the last 10 years many restaurants have specialised in a particular Sunday lunch, that goes by the name of brunch. It's not too dissimilar from what the international crowd believes brunch should be, but it has its own ...
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FOR MUMS
A smart idea
My son goes to a state school -- teachers are well prepared, it's nearly free and it's around the corner. What else? Food is not great and the teachers face a constant lack of funding. Parents chip in on many occasions (Christmas and end of the year) and bring everyday supplies of tissues, wipes and plastic ...
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MILAN
BAC
BAC is the acronym for "Bambini Arte Cultura e Creatività" which is a pilot project by MUBA in cooperation with the Triennale Bovisa here in Milan. It has been running for three weeks but it will reopen permanently in September. The idea behind BAC is to foster creativity in children ages 3-12 (and their parents ...
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KIDS
Orangorilla
A couple of weeks ago I discovered the cutest little shop here in Milan. Orangorilla is owned by Marta who will welcome you with a gentle smile and guide you through all the nice things she has in her shop. Orangorilla sells a variety of products ranging from children's clothes and shoes, to handmade jewellery, ...
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AMSTERDAM
Raise the curtains for the Babyccino City Guides!!!
Can't believe how excited and proud we are. It was a full-term, healthy pregnancy, and after a long but painless delivery we have finally given birth to four wonderful, beautiful city guides!!! Their names are Amsterdam, London, Milan and Paris and even though they are still tiny, all the features are present.  So with a lot of love and nurture from their ...
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MILAN
il Rosa al Caminetto
Il Rosa al Caminetto is the restaurant of a 4 star hotel behind the Duomo, in the very centre of Milan. Thanks to Marcello Forti, a young entrepreneur and new dad, the restaurant has taken a turn and become quite family friendly. First of all, children under 8 eat free on any day, lunch or dinner. ...
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MILAN
Natural History Museum
Last Sunday we spent the perfect winter day visiting the Natural History Museum. We met there quite late in the morning, with another family with two children. We first toured the ground floor where the main attractions for children are the skeletons and reproduction of dinosaurs; there is a life-size triceratops that is really impressive. ...
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MILAN
Pane e acqua
A couple of weeks ago my husband and I did something we had not done in a while; we went out for dinner on a Wednesday night. We picked a relatively new restaurant in our neighbourhood on the basis of a couple of reviews we had read (and their website) and we were so pleased with our ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Christmas tram
I know it's totally commercial, plus it's always the same drink, but I just love this special holidays tram that travels around Milan these days. When you spot it on the street at night it really looks like a magic chariot! Merry Christmas from Milan! -Michela
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MILAN
The Villaggio delle Meraviglie
For the second year running Milan will have its own Christmas Theme Park -- the Villaggio delle Meraviglie. It all takes place in the lovely surroundings of the Giardini Pubblici Montanelli, one of the nicest parks in the very centre of Milan. From the 6th of December until the 6th of January a fairytale village ...
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FOR MUMS
Panpepato
Panpepato is a lovely little shop that faces Parco Solari, a small but very child-friendly park in Milan. This tiny space overflows with trendy clothes, cool jewelery, scarves, hats, bags -- anything but shoes! It is the creation of Martina and Giulia who, after a degree and a few years behind a desk, decided to make their ...
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AMSTERDAM
Last-minute getaways...
Cookie Magazine's Going Places blog is featuring a week of last-minute getaway ideas, perfect for the holiday time.  All their ideas are for easy-to-plan and relatively affordable holidays with kids. The four of us have written about a quick, last-minute getaway from each of our cities.  Check it out here, and also make sure to ...
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BABY
Radiomamma.it
You have heard me say many times how kid-unfriendly Milan is, but all I have done so far is to complain! My journalist friend, Carlotta Jesi, took it to a different level and started working to build a family-friendly Milan. How? She set-up radiomamma.it -- a portal for everything "family" in Milan. It has a diary that ...
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FOR MUMS
Marinella
Ties made by E.Marinella must be the most famous Italian ties. This family boutique opened in Naples in 1914 by Eugenio Marinella and it has been in the same family ever since. This family, now for nearly a century, has been the synonym of elegance and style first in Naples and now all over the world. The ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Panettone, not just for Christmas!
Although it is now the symbol of Christmas lunch and dinners all over Italy, Panettone is the ultimate Milanese Christmas dessert. Its origin is the subject of many legends, but what is certain is that it dates back to the XV century. It is shaped like a cylinder with a rounded top, it can be ...
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MILAN
A real submarine
The Science Museum in Milan hosts, in its backyard, a real war submarine. The "Enrico Toti" was built in 1967 and was used during the cold war to spy, and possibly destroy, the big missile ships of the Soviet army. In 2000, after 30 years of service, it was decided it would gloriously end its ...
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BABY
Fungo Matto
Fungo Matto means 'crazy mushroom' and such a funny name is perfect for one of my favourite clothing shops in Milan. It is a tiny one-window shop in the Navigli area that has been carefully decorated with red mushrooms with white dots, vintage wooden toys, antique but simple furniture and a sweet collection of antique children's ...
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MILAN
Park and aperitivo
Milan is not a city full of spaces for great outdoor activities; people just make the best of what is available! The biggest park in the center of town is Parco Sempione, bordered by the Sforzesco Castle, the Triennale, the Arco della Pace and the Aquarium. It's no wonder it has been central to Milanese ...
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BABY
Città del Sole
This chain of toy shops is really a ray of light in a town where (nice) toy shops are difficult to find! The Città del Sole was founded over 30 years ago by Carlo Basso who still today carefully chooses the selections of toys that will be part of the catalogue. Since my childhood Città del Sole ...
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MILAN
El Resentin
This restaurant has a story with a happy ending! El Resentin* used to be a wine-bar, or better a "grappa" bar open 'til late every night, where actors from the nearby theatre could find a quiet place to have a drink after the show. It opened 25 years ago on the ashes of a bistro ...
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FASHION
Handbags' paradise
I recently took a stroll in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the only covered gallery in Milan that connects the Duomo Square to the La Scala Square. It was built in the second half of the nineteenth century and traditionally it was considered Milan's 'good sitting room'. It used to be lined with luxury boutiques and nice ...
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BABY
Kid-proofed holiday
Say that you want to go on holiday, that your husband cannot take days off, that you can't handle all (or one) of your kids by yourself, that you have no nanny to take along, and that you do not want your mum or his mum around.  This is when you should seriously think about ...
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MILAN
Butterfly Oasis
Last Sunday we decided to face the afternoon heat (we are now in the 30s here) and head to the Giardini Pubblici to visit the new Butterfly Oasis next to the Natural History Museum. It's a pavilion that hosts an exhibition of many species of butterflies, imported weekly from Africa, South America and Sout-East Asia. ...
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