Gucci Garden
fashion, Italy, Lifestyle, travel

Gucci Garden Galleria: A Bellissimaximalist Experience!

Photography Challenge

My entry for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge shows some photos taken inside the Gucci Garden Galleria in Florence, Italy. Fans of the Gucci brand will surely enjoy this immersive experience inside a museum dedicated to the iconic Italian fashion house. Inside the museum, you will find an amazing collection of classic clothing, designer shoes, and vintage handbags. The Gucci Garden also has a boutique where you can shop for unique Gucci pieces as well as a restaurant that serves Tuscan cuisine.  I really enjoyed it, and I would recommend going there if you are a fashionista visiting Firenze!

Take note though that in the past, it was acceptable to wear fur. So although the pieces are incredibly beautiful, in my opinion, it is not worth slaying innocent animals for the sake of fashion. The good news is that Gucci’s CEO Marco Bizzarri announces the Italian brand will remove fur from all its collections as of spring/summer 2018!



Gucci Garden

Gucci Garden


Gucci Garden

Gucci Garden



Gucci Garden

Gucci Garden


Gucci Garden

Gucci Garden

Gucci Garden Galleria is located at Piazza della Signoria, 10, 50122 Florence, Italy. The museum is open from 10 AM to 8 PM. A single ticket costs 8 euros. Students with valid IDs have a special rate. I visited alone without my kids (“Mama’s Me Time”) and I would not recommend going there with very small children. Anyway, I had a fabulous day and it was worth the visit!

Have you ever been to the Gucci Garden Galleria? Tell me about your experience in the comments section!

Want to view more photos and video stories of the Gucci Garden Galleria? Please check out my tiny squares on Instagram @thebellissimamma!

Also, please check out my fashion blogger sister’s Instagram!

Ciao for now!


So are you traveling to Florence with Small Children? Read this article for some helpful tips!

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Featured Women, Lifestyle, travel

She Conquers the World One Drink At a Time

Is It Your Dream To Travel Around The World?

Traveling to different places around the world is something not everyone can do. Don’t we all wish we could take a break from our regular routine and jump on a plane to ______ (insert your dream destination)? Is it possible to travel and work at the same time? Yes, if you work hard and you work smart, you definitely can!

One Lucky Girl

I know a girl from high school who has reached her travel goals. She has put a check mark on most of the places on her travel bucket list. Her name is Shara Cabalteja. I remember Shara as a friendly and approachable girl who was nice to everyone. She was smart but not annoying. She knew how to have a good time while she followed the rules.

On Instagram, Shara is known as Wandergirl1110. She travels on a regular basis, mostly for work. I cannot tell you what kind of work she does but it definitely involves going on a plane. For me, she has one of the best jobs in the world. You can say she’s very lucky, but I can say that she really deserves all her blessings. Good karma!

Wandergirl1110 has a unique hashtag in her posts called #wandergirldrinks. I think it’s really cool that she takes photos of a unique drink wherever she goes. Let’s check out some of her posts on Instagram! Try not to be jealous! I hope her posts inspire you to reach your travel goals in the near future.

Wandergirl1110 drinks her way around the world…

  1. Paris, France

2. Amsterdam, Netherlands

3. York, United Kingdom

4. Xian, China

Pomegranate juice #wandergirlxian2016 #wandergirlchina2016 #wandergirldrinks

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5. Zakopane, Poland

6. Krakow, Poland

Chill #wandergirlpoland2016 #travel #travelstoke #travelgram #wandergirldrinks

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7. Manila, Philippines

Mojito on a rainy night #wandergirldrinks #mojito

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8. Siargao, Philippines

Did Wandergirl1110 Inspire You To Reach Your Goals?

I hope you enjoyed looking at Shara’s travel photos. I really think that someday you will be able to travel to many places! Just keep working your goals and dreaming your dreams. Work hard and work smart! As for me, I got inspired to take more pictures of my drinks when I go to new destinations. Each drink tells a unique story, don’t you think?

A Big Thank You!

✈ Thank you Wandergirl1110 for allowing me to share a few of your amazing travel photos!

If you are a travel enthusiast, follow Wandergirl1110 on Instagram and be inspired with her tiny squares.

You might also want to check out her other Instagram, wandergirlwrites. She likes to write inspiring words and quotes using calligraphy.



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Literacy, Little Kids

Have You Seen This Book at the Eiffel Tower?

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Filipino children’s book author Augie Rivera left signed copies of his most popular books at famous places in Europe:

1. At a cafe outside the Eiffel Tower:

Magnificent Benito by Augie Rivera
Magnificent Benito by Augie Rivera

2. At the Piazza del Duomo in Milan:

Alamat ng Ampalaya
Alamat ng Ampalaya by Augie Rivera

3. At the Louvre in France:

4. At the Elephant House Cafe in Scotland (where J.K. Rowling wrote most of her work):

If you have kept any of these books, please let me know by posting a photo on Instagram and tagging @thebellissimamma!

I was lucky enough to get in touch with Mr. Augie Rivera since I am a huge fan of his work. He has won the Palanca Award several times for children’s fiction in Filipino and English ( Read on to find out more about his work:

Mr. Augie Rivera, what inspired you to leave your books at these famous European landmarks?

I was inspired by a video of Hermione (Emma Watson) leaving a copy of her favorite books in random places in the London tube. So for this Euro trip, I thought of doing a similar gesture as a thank-you to the universe for all the blessings I received in my 22 years of being a children’s book author (I was first published in 1995, Alamat ng Ampalaya) and have released 19 titles already. I wanted to share some of my books to the world (well, to anyone who’d care to pick it up, especially Magnificent Benito which I co-wrote with my wife, Mike Rivera).
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Where did you leave your free signed copies of your work?

I left Magnificent Benito, Alamat ng Ampalaya and Xilef titles inside the Louvre, outside the Louvre, at a cafe outside Eiffel Tower, at the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, in London, in Newcastle, and one inside Elephant House Cafe in Scotland, as we’re both J.K. Rowling/ Harry Potter fans.

Is there a way to find out who “found” your books?

I hope somebody did pick up the books and posted it on their social media accounts. It would be nice to know who “adopted” them.

I wanted to share my latest book, “Isang Harding Papel”, a historical fiction set during the Martial Law years (especially with the current political situation in the Philippines), but it has no parallel English translation. Sayang.

Will you continue to give out free books?

Now I plan to do this in my future travels, too- leave free copies of my books in public places, sana in public libraries too.

If you are a parent who would like to read high-quality bilingual (English-Filipino) books to your little one/s, check out these titles by Augie Rivera. These books can be purchased at are also available on Amazon. Click the images to find out more.

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Are you a parent of bilingual children? What books or resources do you use to teach your child a different language? Share your thoughts in the comments section! Also, don’t forget to check out Augie Rivera’s latest book, Isang Harding Papel!