Monthly blog overview: November 2017

I posted about the Field of Miracles in Pisa

November was all about Him, my baby boy V., since he was born at the beginning of the month. I’d scheduled a couple of posts for late October/early November and actually expected to be brain-dead for at least a month so I was very pleased with myself when I managed to write a post about my baby and then a post about Pisa 🙂  V. is such an adorable baby and he already looks like a proper baby and not a newborn. However, I won’t share a lot of his photos (maybe just one or two where his face isn’t seen ).

December plans for the blog? A few posts. You know what, I’d really like to change my blog’s look, get a new theme perhaps but I don’t know which one. I tried a few but I didn’t like them. Maybe I’m just scared of more changes 🙂

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What do I love about the festive season? #travellinkup

December is my favourite month of the year for many reasons. First of all, I’m a December baby 🙂 Secondly, I really love Christmas time and New Year’s parties. Thirdly, I’m a genuine chocoholic so there’s no better time for me and my bad habit than the month of festivities and gift giving. Actually, I didn’t put gifts at all on this list because frankly they aren’t that important to me.

Chocolate Advent Calendar

chocolate Advent calendar

The excitement of opening one door at the time to find a small delicious chocolate each day. What could be better? In the past few years I decided to treat myself with a chocolate Advent calendar even though I’m an adult 🙂

St.Nicholas’ Day

When I was a child I got small presents for St. Nicholas’ Day (6th December). If you are good you get chocolate. If you are naughty, you get coal and a rod!

Christmas decorations & Christmas lights

At home, in the town…they just pretty up everything, don’t they?

Christmas markets

I really want to visit the Christmas markets in Germany. So far I’ve been to a couple of Christmas markets in Austria, Budapest, London and at the French Riviera.

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Should You visit the Field of Miracles in Pisa?

the Field of Miracles, Pisa
the Field of Miracles, Pisa

This is one of those places that you’ll either love or hate. There’s no in-between. If you can disregard the tacky souvenir stalls and shady guys trying to sell you fake handbags or fake African souvenirs and focus just on the mind-blowing architecture of this place you’ll be fine. Otherwise you might go away feeling disappointed and bitter that you wasted your time/money on something that looks better in the photos than in the real life. But that’s the harsh reality of many famous landmarks around the world nowadays. But let’s get back to the basics.

Pisa was a powerful merchant/naval republic in the Middle Ages. Its rise to the power happened before Florence became the major player in Tuscany. When you’ve got loads of money, you have to flaunt it, right? So the people of Pisa decided to built something extraordinary to show off their wealth and hence the magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli.

Piazza dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site site near the center of Pisa and as the name says it’s a rather large field with 4 magnificent edifices. There’s the Baptistery (the first building you can see on the field), the Cathedral, the Leaning Tower and the Monumental Cemetery (Camposanto). There are also two museums: the Sinopias Museum (Museo delle Sinopie) and the Cathedral Museum (Museo dell’Opera del Duomo). The name Piazza dei Miracoli wasn’t given at the time of the construction of the entire site but it’s a rather recent invention. An Italian poet Gabriele d’Annunzio named it as such at the beginning of the 20th century.

the Baptistery 

Baptistery at the Field of Miracles, Pisa

It’s dedicated to St.John the Baptist and it’s the largest baptistery in Italy. It’s also one of the oldest since it’s construction began in the mid 12th century. As all the other buildings of the Field of Miracles, the baptistery is built in Pisan Romanesque style but it’s got some Gothic elements such as the dome. Its pulpit was sculpted by Nicola Pisano and dated 1260 which is considered to be the beginning of the Italian Renaissance.

This is the only building that I’ve only seen from the outside. I wasn’t that interested to pay an entry fee.

the Cathedral

Cathedral at the Field of Miracles, Pisa

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Meet my baby V.

Hello World!

I am baby V.  I am a boy. At least that’s what they’ve told me. I don’t know yet what’s a boy but I’ll find out. I won’t disclose my full name because my daddy S.  doesn’t want that. He’s concerned about my privacy so he doesn’t want to see my adorable photos plastered all over the Internet.

I was born on 4th November during a full moon. My mummy and daddy waited for me for so long so I just figured I could keep them waiting for a bit more and I passed my due date. But I had a very good reason for that. As it turned out I was the only baby that night on the maternity ward so I had the full attention of the entire staff. They were very kind and helpful to my mummy. Of course, I helped her too 🙂 She wanted to have a natural birth so it took a long, long time but she made it through. And there I was, finally in her arms. To be honest, those first minutes in the outside world weren’t as fun as those comfy 9 months in my mummy’s belly. Some people were measuring me while I was naked (how rude of them) so I was very happy when they put me in my mummy’s warm embrace. And then I ate. What a strange feeling! But a good one. Oh, I forgot to tell you how big I am. I weighed 3.72 kg when I was born and I am 54 cm long.

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Sunday Photo: Christmas in Vienna

Christkindlmarkt at Rathaus platz (Christmas Market at the City Hall square), Vienna, 2016

I just love Christmas markets.

What about you? What are your favourite Christmas markets? I’ve been to Christmas markets in Austria, France, Budapest and in London.

 

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Monthly blog overview: October 2017

October. A month of waiting for the baby. My due date was end of October but the ultrasound scans showed earlier dates so I was led to believe that I might give birth a bit earlier (not prematurely but definitely before the 40th week). When did my baby boy arrive? Well, this is a scheduled post so I can’t tell you…I wasn’t into blogging much this month so I scheduled a couple of photo posts and a few collaborative posts. But I did read other blogs dutifully as usually 🙂

My best friend went to Hong Kong and China for a business visit because she’s actually moving there next year! Oh! I’ll miss her a lot 😦 But hopefully I’ll be able to visit her at some point during her stay in a city that’s got three times more inhabitants than our entire country 🙂

Do you celebrate Halloween? How was that like?

 Published posts in October

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Sunday Photo: Lisbon 

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