Sunday, 12 April 2015

The Art of the Brick: Lego Exhibition

Today we finally went to see The Art of the Brick, an exhibition I had wanted to see in a long time! The exhibition was thankfully extended and today was the final day. It features over 80 pieces of art, all made with Lego bricks by the NYC based artist Nathan Sawaya. I knew I would like it and I was sure Emilia would love it too but I must say: it blew us away! It is a marvelous exhibition, not only for the works themselves but also for the sense of accomplishment and level of creativity and energy that the artist wants you to leave the exhibition with. I could see it again, and again, and again! I took a lot of pictures, here are just a few to give you an idea of what it is like. Amazing, right?! 
























Barnes: Wetland Centre and The Boat Race

Yesterday we ventured all the way to Barnes, a lovely village in South-West London. Rob and I had been there before but this time we took Emilia with us and planned a full day of activities there. 
We took the train from Waterloo late in the morning and once in Barnes we walked straight to the London Wetland Centre, a green oasis for wildlife and people just a few minutes away from central London. The weather was nice, only a bit chilly, and we strolled around the park for hours! Emilia was in heaven and walked the whole time. To make things even more interesting, there was an Easter Duck Hunt going on and we had fun looking for the giant rubber ducks hidden in the park. 









Once we exhausted ourselves walking around the wetland centre, we took a stroll around Barnes village, one of the cutest villages in London. If we were not moving to the US, Rob and I would seriously consider looking for a place to settle here! Our friends Natalie and Dave live in Barnes, so we went to their place for some snacks before all heading down to the river to see the boat race, the historic, annual rowing race between Oxford University and Cambridge University. It was such a beautiful day and not surprisingly lots of people turned up to cheer for the guys. It was our first time seeing the race live and we absolutely loved it! It's one of those purely British traditions that I am glad we got to experience. Emilia was cheering for Oxford and guess what?! They won! 


Easter 2015

This year we spent Easter with my cousin Severe, aka Emilia's babysitter, and her lovely family. On Saturday we invited them over for lunch and then they invited us over to their place in Wimbledon on Easter Sunday. Both days were nice and sunny and we spent most of the two days just eating, as good Italians do! Here are some pictures of our celebrations. 

Day 1:
In preparation for Easter, Emilia had made a lovely Easter tree, painted and decorated some Easter eggs with nonno Walter and nonna Patrizia while we were in Berlin, and together with me she made beautiful place cards for all our guests. Needless to say, they were a big hit! We had a very nice and relaxing day eating and chatting!








Day 2:
On Easter Sunday, we took the tube all the way to South Wimbledon and then enjoyed a nice walk to Severe's house. Again, we spent the day eating and chatting...and this time we also sang and danced!






Thursday, 2 April 2015

Berlin

Last week, Rob and I were in Berlin. I had to go for a conference and since we had never been, we decided to stay an extra day and explore the city together. It was a great way for me to exit King's College (yes, I am officially unemployed now!) and we loved taking a short but intense holiday in such an extraordinary city. 

Once the conference was over and I was all done with my work duties, Rob and I were on a mission to see as much of Berlin as possible while also trying to relax and enjoy ourselves. Rob loved Berlin more than me but I was still impressed. No doubt, it is a very cool city that is working hard to establish itself as one of the best cities in Europe. History is everywhere in this city, together with culture and art. The highlight of the trip for me was walking along the rests of the Berlin wall in Bernauer Strasse. I felt emotional just looking at what is left and couldn't avoid to think how hard it must have been to live in Berlin in those difficult days. 
Then, I would definitely recommend going all the way up to the glass dome of the Reichstag building and enjoy a superb breakfast at the rooftop cafe'. As for the hotel, we were lucky to stay not in one but two hotels, one in Mitte and the other in the West end. While Mitte is without a doubt a much more interesting area, the hotel in the West area was absolutely divine. If you are in Berlin, make sure to check it out, even if for just a drink in its amazing bar! It's called Hotel Zoo Berlin and is splendid. 

Here are some pics from the hundreds I took.