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Traveling With Children To France and Italy

Traveling with my family is one of my greatest joys. I have two little boys of my own and my husband and I bring them with us whenever we travel. Of course, traveling with little children is not easy at all. However, these challenges can be overcome with preparation and lots of patience. Whenever we travel, safety is our top priority.

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Defining The Sweet Life

How do you define the ‘sweet life’? For me, la dolce vita is best spent with family. My husband and two kids are based in Siena, Italy. Part of living the expat life is being away from our family and closest friends. Sometimes I feel lonely to be so far away from “home”. Imagine my excitement when my dad, mom, sister, and brother visited us from the Philippines! I am writing this post just a day after we said our goodbyes. Together, we traveled to different places in Italy and France. I would love to share the highlights of our sweet trip. (A special thanks to Hershey of heyhersheyblog for the beautiful photos!)

Wining and Dining “Tuscan-Style” at All’Orto de’ Pecci Siena:

All’Orto de’ Pecci is a restaurant and pizzeria located in Siena, Italy. This Italian ristorante serves typical Tuscan meals in an outdoor setting. We had lunch and wine in an area surrounded by farmland and hills. It is a kid-friendly environment because the children can enjoy running around the field. Here you can find a mini zoo with goats, peacocks, ducks, and geese. 

Click here to read about 5 Kid-Friendly Places in Siena, Italy.

Our pranzo (lunch) includes grilled steak, beef with mushrooms and lamb. (c) Joshua Young

Strolling Down the Cobble-stone Streets of Florence, Italy

It was a perfect day in Florence. There were only a few tourists and plenty of fun. The weather in April was amazing and so was the view.

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Florence, Italy
With my fashion blogger sister Hershey Neri of (c) Joshua Young

Experiencing Venice and Its Wonders

Venice will always be magical!  My sons Leon and Lucas enjoyed exploring this ancient city with their grandparents, aunt, and uncle.

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Venice, Italy
A Precious Moment in Venice with Nonno (Grandpa) and Nonna (Grandma)

Watching the Palio Horse Race in Siena, Italy

I am so happy to share my first Palio horse race with my sister. We left the kids with the grandparents because we know that thousands of people all around the world will be coming over to Siena Centro to witness this sports event. This world-famous medieval horse race (no saddles!) is celebrated twice a year in July and August. Congratulations to the Dragon Contrada for winning the first race in 2018. Please watch this short video to see the details of our Palio experience.

Click here to read Reasons To Visit Siena, Italy.


Going To Disneyland, Paris

Nothing beats the feeling of seeing your parents and siblings together with your children in the “happiest place on Earth”! During my son’s post-birthday lunch in a sandwich shop on Main Street, my mother said that for her, this was a dream come true. My favorite memories as a kid were in Disneyland with my daddy and mommy. Imagine my parents’ joy as they spend a day at Disneyland with their grandchildren!

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Disneyland, Paris
Merci Beaucoup, Nonno Rey for the Mickey Mouse balloon! (c) Hershey Neri
Disneyland, Paris
A Magical Moment

Going To My Cousin’s Wedding in Chateau de Bouthonvilliers in France

My cousin Tim got married to the love of his life in a chateau in Dangeau, France! Tim lives in Los Angeles, California. I am happy for him and his wife Stephanie because their friends and family from all over the world were able to witness their beautiful wedding. Felice matrimonio!

Chateau de Bouthonvilliers

Ma Famille
(c) Hershey Neri

Riding an Electric Boat in Bonneval, France

Do you know that Bonneval has a mini-Venice? Instead of a gondola, we rode an electric boat (which I also got to steered). It was a fantastic experience. The best part was ducking our heads under the low bridges! It was so funny.

Mini Venice in Bonneval, France
(c) Hershey Neri

Eating a Macaron in front of the Louvre in Paris, France

It was my first time to taste a real French macaron. I was pleasantly surprised because I did not expect it to taste “that good”! Délicieux! 

French macarons are the best!

Taking A Family Photo at the Eiffel Tower

We were lucky enough to run into Tim, his wife Steph, and their friends on our way to the Eiffel Tower! I love that we were all together in this photo. (Missing my other sister Yas who did not get to go on this trip. I hope that she will get to visit us in Europe soon.) 

Leon, My husband and Lucas, my mom, myself, my cousin’s wife, my cousin, my sister, my dad, and my brother in front of the Eiffel Tower in France (c) Tim Cruz

Loving the Good and the Imperfect

We so blessed that we got to spend time with the people we love the most. Aside from the “big moments” touring key places in Italy and France, I will never forget our not-so-sweet experiences. Those imperfect moments (getting a speeding ticket, family drama ‘mini-explosions’, toddler and baby tantrums, etc.) are still part of “the sweet life”.  I wish for my parents to live long enough to see their grandchildren get married. We already miss them so much now that we have said our goodbyes. I am so looking forward to being reunited again next year for my brother-in-law’s wedding in Manila!

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Carmela Granada is the creator of Bellissimamma. She blogs about beauty in your thirties, family travel, and joyful motherhood. Her family is based in Siena, Italy.


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  1. Ahhh this was so wanderlusty and lovely! I can’t imagine what an amazing time you must have had with your family all over Italy and France. You did so many things that are still on my list like the Palio in Siena and Disneyland Paris! So totally off-topic, but please let me know if you’d ever want to be featured on my Love Stories series. I know it seems like it’s always mixed couples but the idea in the beginning was it to be all love stories with some kind of international twist like…moving to Italy for example!!! Kisses! Jasmine of

    1. Thank you, Jasmine! Yes… I would love to be featured on your Love Stories series! Yay! Oooh- our wedding anniversary is just around the corner!

  2. Ciao Carmela! What a wonderful time with your family! I agree, those imperfect moments are definitely part of the sweet life! They are always the best stories that you can tell for years to come! Thanks for being a part of #DolceVitaBloggers <3

    1. Thank you for your nice comment, Kelly! And GRAZIE MILLE for hosting #DolceVitaBloggers! I look forward to the monthly linkups. <3

  3. So many ‘sweet’ moments there, thanks for sharing them and I wish you many more.

    1. Thank you so much, Rochelle! 🙂 Wish you many sweet moments as well!

  4. I love this post!! You are having so many wonderful adventures and creating beautiful lasting memories for your family!! Is it just me, or was that macaron like really really big! haha

    1. Aww…thank you Mia! Yes, the macaron is extra large isn’t it? Haha!

  5. As a fellow mamma I totally get all these sweet and not-so-sweet moments and that they all have their place. Sounds like such a wonderful time you’ve just spent with everyone. It must have been hard saying goodbye. I love Siena, it’s great to see what it’s like to live there. Maybe not in the heatwave we experienced last time where I thought I was going to faint in the square! Lol! It’s such a beautiful city xx

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Kristie! It really is difficult to say goodbye! I am looking forward to seeing them soon. I agree…visit Siena in the fall! Fewer people, better weather! <3

  6. Jenny Mendoza says:

    Awesome blog sis. You are blessed having them as your family. Such a sweet life celebrating moments with them. All the best sis!

    1. Thank you so much, sis Jenny! <3

  7. These photos are wonderful! Glad you had so much fun with your family! <3 Love what you wrote at the end too. You have to love the whole package! <3

    Lucy and Kelly

    1. Thank you Lucy and Kelly! <3

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