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Our first day in Florence

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The second stop on our little Italy-tour was Florence. We stepped off the train from Venice and we fell in love right away. Florence was so beautiful in a way where I just said “-pictures will never do this justice”. And I was right. Also, it was so sunny which occasionally made for overexposed pictures like the one above (where Elis is missing his scalp, haha). But what can you do? 😂

Here’s a look at our first day in Florence (with a few pictures from my phone too):

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Started off by skipping down the street because we were on the hunt for some gelato!

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I love Sams face in this picture. Even at four years old he couldn’t help to stop and stare at the Cathedral. It was unreal.

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I tried snapping it with my camera but it’s the kind of thing you have to see in real life (or I just need to get better at taking photos). So majestic and beautiful with a thousand small details to look at.

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Found some gelato! Not just some. This was, hands down, the best gelato I had on the entire trip. I got the pineapple, it tasted sooo fresh and homemade and just MELTED IN MY MOUTH. ARGH. It was almost like butter in icecream-shape?? Take me back so I can have some more. ;)

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We didn’t take any pictures but right before this we went on the antique carousel on the Piazza della Repubblica. I recommend it if you’re ever there, it was a fun thing for the kids to do.

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Only family picture we got on this trip! All thanks to a kind stranger walking by and offering to take one for us. He had a daughter with two kids as well so he thought of her when he saw us. <3

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Taking a pizza-break! Both boys got a little car and I thought it was pretty cute how they then followed them around everywhere on this trip. Sam especially wouldn’t let go of his and if you look closely, it’ll be in his hand most of the time.

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My little tourists! 😍

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Oh Elis, sunshine in my life. So happy he and his brother loved being away on vacation together just as much as we did.

A charming Bed and Breakfast in Florence

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In partnership with Palazzo Ruspoli, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

On our trip last week, we were able to stay at and review the Palazzo Ruspoli. Palazzo Ruspoli is a Bed and Breakfast in Florence, Italy and it was perfect for us. Because we were in Florence for a short stay, and wanted to see as much as possible, the location was key. This simply couldn’t be at a more central location! We also enjoyed how kid friendly it was and admired all the beautiful details inside.

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Checking in, we got the warmest welcome and we felt right at home.

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The elevator was very convenient after long days of walking.

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We loved our room, it was full of italian charm and so bright and spacious. High ceilings and big windows with lots of natural light flowing in.

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We even had a view of the Il Duomo outside our window!

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In addition to one big double bed, we also had two single beds for each of the kids. A spacious room which we really appreciated. Our whole stay was very family friendly.

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The breakfast was really good and included a choice of yogurts, muesli, jams, cheeses, hams, bread, croissants and juices. A good start to the day!

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Like I mentioned, the location could not have been any better. Walking out the door we were only a few steps away from the Piazza del Duomo. We loved this. We didn’t have to waste any extra time in the evening or morning and could just spend the whole day exploring Florence.

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Thank you for the stay, Palazzo Ruspoli! We had a great time.

A morning by the Grand Canal in Venice

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We got an early start to our second day in Venice. The kids woke us up anyways so we just got ready and went out. It was a really good few hours, I really loved how quiet everything was and how the only people around seemed to be the locals heading to work.

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The first stop was the Rialto Brigde. We went by it while we were in a water bus the previous day…and we noticed it was completely packed with people. So to go there first thing seemed like a good bet (and it was). The view there was so incredible! I just love how Elis scrunched down to get a good look between the poles. He sat there for a while, just watching the boats. <3

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These two were pretty popular and looked like total rockstars. 😅

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Then we just strolled along the Grand Canal, until we ended up at the Rialto morning market. They had a bunch of fruits and fresh veggies. The strawberries both looked – and smelled amazing – so we had to get some.

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While we sat there I just thought “I’ll remember this”. Everything was just so calm, and we sat in the sunshine looking over the boats and eating strawberries.

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I could’ve done morning in Venice for many hours!

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I asked for a posed photo and this was what I got. ;)

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Our train left a few hours later so we started to make our way towards train station. We had a lot of ground to cover and a lot we wanted to see on the way. The boys had not gotten sick of crossing canals yet, which was really cute. I’m still in awe over how far they actually walked. Crazy.

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Made it to the train station! And Sam decided he wanted a break from walking.

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I like how he made sure he had some strawberries to snack on while getting comfy, haha. Next stop: Florence!

Hello Venice!

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Hello from Italy! We’re in Venice right now and we’re already in love with how beautiful this place is. We spent the day exploring the city and eating way too much gelato. The kids also insisted on getting regular cones when there was amazing gelato right next door because, you know, kids. They looked so adorable eating them on the steps though ↑…that people stopped to take photos.

More photos from our day in Venice below:

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Sam and Elis really loved all the gondolas. It was problary one of their favorite parts of the day! They kept finding good spots to wave at them..and got so happy when they waved back.

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St. Mark’s square and all the big sights around it were really beautiful to see. But I have to admit that the amount of people there just made us both really stressed. I really started to relax and enjoy myself so much more the more we wandered away from it. All the sudden there was just so much tasty food we wanted to try.

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And one of my absolute favorite parts of Venice has been all the small alleys. Just walking and getting lost, discovering new pretty places everywhere we turned.

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At late afternoon it started raining but that didn’t stop us from going out for some (more) gelato. We’re from Sweden…a little rain is nothing to us. ;)

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Still loved all the alleys. <3

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Even though they were so tired we had to carry them on our backs the way home, they were still all laughs. We all had a pretty exciting day. <3

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Then we just stayed in the rest of the night, got some very delicious pasta-takeout that we checked out earlier (we kept seeing young people with brown boxes so we just followed them, haha! the long line outside was a good enough review). Thanks for today, Venice!

In London without the kids

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Back in August, Gustav and I went to London – just the two of us. I’d be lying if I say that I didn’t have some anxiety about leaving the kids behind (okay, maybe a lot), but it the end it was a good trip. We stayed for two nights and I thought it was the perfect amount of time away without going crazy from missing them too much. It was so nice to just TALK, walk around, make our schedule and not have to worry about anyone but ourselves.

Here’s the pictures + a little video at the end:

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This was Gustav’s first time in London! He really loved it and we spent our first day doing SO.MUCH.WALKING. Mostly shopping and just taking all the sights in.

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Picking up a few things for the kids at Hamleys.

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We arrived to London at 8 am and had so much to discover so we didn’t get to the lunch part until 3 pm in the afternoon. As you can kinda hear in the video, we were starving/so excited (haha). Five Guys was on Gustav’s must do-list. Ever since we first went in Florida, he’s been raving about it. We loved it this time too. ;)

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One of the highlights for me was spending so much time in the Cath Kidston-store. Gustav was a good sport about the fact that we were inside for an hour or so. Haha sorry. I had a big list.

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Started out the next day by being super touristy. And because we are used to waking up so early at home, we were there before they opened and got to experience when they opened the doors and all the staff stood clapping and singing along to “celebrate good times come on!”. We had no idea that was coming. ?

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Had the best lunch at Leon. It even came with their very own lemonade. Sold! i took the sweetpotato falafel and it was yummy. After lunch we had a video-call with the kids that was kind of rough. Sam was upset and I just missed them so much I wanted to die a little bit. Sat on that bench crying for a while before Gustav assured me they were fine and we were gonna see them the next day. Being on vacation without your kids is always a mixed bag of emotions.

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Because we were so tired of walking we just hopped on one of those tour-buses. Which was really great. It was such a warm day, 27 degrees, and the breeze on top of that bus was amazing. Plus seeing the city at a new height of course. Saw stuff like Big Ben. ↑

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Gasped at how pretty Westminister Abbey was. ↑

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And The London Eye. ↑ Checked off all the major sights in other words.

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Plus I really loved our guide. He had the best sense of dry, brittish humor.

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And the person behind us was sweet enough to offer and take a picture. The only picture of the two of us from the entire trip. So thank you, nice stranger!

Here’s the video:

A visit to Gränna and Visingsö

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On friday, we spent the whole day in the swedish town called Gränna (and the tiny island Visingsö). It’s the cutest place and we kept saying that we really get why it’s so popular during summer. Besides the candy, it’s just the perfect picture of an idyllic swedish small town. If you’re ever a tourist here, make sure you don’t miss it! We went with my sister Matilda and her family and we really had the best day. ???

Some photos from our visit below:

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Five hours in Malmö

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Driving back from Denmark last week, we stopped in Malmö for a few hours. I had planned everything out so that the kids would be asleep for every car ride we took – and it worked!! Amazing. Anyways, this was our last stop to make sure they got to run around plenty and get tired for bedtime when we were driving home.

Here’s a few pictures:

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We had lunch at Tusen & 2 per my dads recommendation. It was really good! Can you tell from his face? I dare you to get between that boy and his food. ;)

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Then we walked all across town. We did so much walking that day!! Like I said, the goal was to make them tired.

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Walked through the pretty Slottsträdgården and said hello to some big birds. I’m not going to write what I thought they were because I’m horrible at that stuff…

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Next we were headed in that direction, to Turning Torso.

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Made it before the rain came and all, look at those dark clouds. We walked over there because my brother lives right around the corner so we wanted stop by and say hello to my new niece.

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Emanuel and Charlotte got married last summer (see HERE) and recently they had this lovely little lady come join their family. So nice to be able to hang with them and close out our visit before driving back. Sam and Elis had so much fun they wanted to stay there instead of going back with us. :)

And yes, they slept the entire ride home. ✌This day (and the whole weekend really) couldn’t have worked out better if we tried.

Our day at Legoland

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Bright and early on Saturday morning we woke up in Malmö and drove over the Öresundsbridge to get to Denmark.

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Three hours later, two very excited boys arrived to a sunny Legoland.

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We started right off with some rides! Elis said he wanted to go on this one but as soon as it started moving he shouted “LÄCKIGT! LÄCKIGT” (=scary). Sam was the opposite, he thought it was great. I just love how he was squeezing his brother’s hand and looking at him to make him smile too.

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I think he felt pretty cool driving this car.

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This was a little competition, to jump in a firetruck and then “put out a fire” as fast as you could before going back. At one point I didn’t help pump the water because I was a little distracted with the camera. And Gustav was like “-Lovisa!!! Ugh, you’re the least competitive person I know!!”. I don’t think it was a compliment. ;)

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Saying hello to the penguins was extra fun because they had just watched that Penguins of Madagaskar-movie so they were so interested in seeing them live.

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All the Star Wars-lego was so cool! We watched all the movies pretty recently (right before the new one premiered). So I was geeking out a little bit.

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Getting some high fives from his dad!

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Elis loved the aquarium so much, that stuff is right up his alley. He stood silently and watched the fishes for so long.

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Then it started to rain but like true “there is no bad weather”-swedes we had packed full on rain gear for them. They didn’t care about the rain and the lines were non-existent after that. And it didn’t rain long before stopping again so we were actually pretty happy about it.

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It was such a great day for both of them and they’re still talking about all that they got to do. Something I’ll keep with me is the moment when we first walked up to the gates. Sam had been looking forward to going SO MUCH. There was music playing and he was half dancing, half just standing still and looking around with wide eyes. That feeling of anticipation, before we even walked in, was so amazing through his little eyes. Gustav brought it up to me later in the car, he had felt it too. I’m just so glad we decided to go.

Hotel Propellen in Billund, Denmark

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For our trip to Billund, we partnered with Hotel Propellen to stay at their lovely hotel. It was absolutely perfect for us, right around the corner from Legoland (only 500 m) and very kid friendly too. We really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to anyone else!

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One of the best parts was getting back from a whole day at Legoland and just getting into bed. The boys really liked having their own bed to sleep in and they slept so well in it. Just jumped right in and made themselves comfortable. We were equally comfortable in our big bed too!

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My photos doesn’t do the breakfast justice. It had so many options; fresh fruit and veggies, yoghurt, danish pastries, pancakes, eggs, bacon, cheeses, lots of different breads, smoothies, juices etc. All the good stuff! We didn’t have lunch until 15.00 later that day because we were so full.

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I’m so glad we decided to take a slow morning, checking out some of the things on the hotel grounds. The playroom was a really nice touch. It was one of the reasons the hotel felt so kid friendly. And because we had a long drive ahead of us we really appreciated getting in some playtime before that.

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Thanks for the stay, Hotel Propellen! We had a great time.

In Denmark!

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Just a quick hello! We’re in Denmark right now and spent the day at Legoland. The boys loved it so much (and so did we). What a dream for them! But speaking of dreaming, all three of them are asleep right now and I feel like I definitely need to join them. Will post more when we get back. :)