travel

The Paul & Paula crew loves to travel.

Near & far. And we love to share our trips – our favourite stops, eats and things to do with the kids. Nothing teaches you more than traveling the world.

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22.06.18

Family Style Spring Break in Charleston, SC

Family Style Spring Break in Charleston, SC

We visited Charleston, SC for the girls’ spring break this year. Our original plan involved a couple of beach days at one of the many beautiful islands near Charleston but the weather never quite warmed up enough to do so. We ended up staying in Charleston the entire time and made the most of what the charming city had to offer!

I had done extensive research on kid-friendly things to do in Charleston before we ventured there. Some of the activities that came up in the searches included: Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Fort Sumter, South Carolina Aquarium, etc. The girls vetoed all indoor museums since we had done enough museum-going in Boston all winter long.

The openness and ease of being in the outdoors is what we were all craving. Naturally, we decided to not plan anything and simply go with the flow. It was so freeing and just what we needed as a family.

Take a peek at our top 5 trip highlights below:
 
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Family Style Spring Break in Charleston, SC

Family Style Spring Break in Charleston, SC

Family Style Spring Break in Charleston, SC

Family Style Spring Break in Charleston, SC

Family Style Spring Break in Charleston, SC

1. Long, unstructured walks

From bustling streets like King Street to quieter, residential neighborhoods, we walked through it all. The lush greenery and pretty spring flowers were breathtaking. And the cozy backyards and beautiful porches helped us discover what southern living is all about.

I, of course, enjoyed taking pictures and so did my five-year-old. We had recently bought her a ‘real’ kids camera and she went all out taking pictures during the trip! It was fun to do together and so cute to watch.

2. Middleton Place

Middleton Place has 110 sprawling acres that include 65 acres of America’s oldest landscaped gardens, a house museum, plantation stable yards, a restaurant, inn and organic farm. The plantation was the only ‘planned’ or ‘ticketed’ activity we did. The girls led the way and we happily followed them and enjoyed the quiet outdoors. The alligators, piglets and a colorful peacock were wonderful surprises to see.

3. Downtime at bookstores/Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

To take breaks from our long walks, we found bookstores and enjoyed some reading downtime to recharge for the rest of the day’s adventures. The girls were totally into it and us adults appreciated the quiet time, too.

While walking around the campus of the College of Charleston, we went and explored the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art on a slightly chilly morning. We looked at student art and discussed the different mediums of artworks – charcoal on paper, oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas, and watercolor on paper. We also watched an intriguing documentary on making of one of the saltscapes by Motoi Yamamoto at the Halsey Institute.

4. Leisurely Meals

Besides walking, leisurely meals were our favorite! This was one of the first trips where the girls were not selecting meals only from the kids menu! They were experimenting with food and ordering for themselves. We tried great southern food and some amazing inventive cuisine. A few memorable meal experiences were at Butcher and Bees, One Broad Street Cafe, 82 Queen and Toast.

Some quotes from the girls: “I think I’m going to skip lunch!” (after a big breakfast). “Try the mashed potatoes, they are killer.” “I’m full alright. All I want is a movie and a good night’s sleep.”

5. Movie Nights at the hotel

Last but not least, plunking ourselves on the bed and getting some screen time after dinner was the best! This was a zero screen time getaway for all of us but we allowed ourselves movie nights once we were finally back at the hotel for the night. The girls watched kid-friendly movies together and the adults caught up on a few episodes of Sneaky Pete. It was perfect.

 

Author: Surabhi

 
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27.04.18

Malmo with kids

malmo with kids
Ok, this is actually so embarrassing that I am not sure what to say. Ha. I have a draft called ‘Malmo with Kids’ sitting in my back end for around 4 1/2 years. Yes! That long. Soon we are here for 5 years and I wanted to share some tips and stuff to do for ages. I receive e mails and questions about it on a regular basis and how practical would it be to just send a link :)
Now! Here we are. Clap Clap. Proud moment.

Let’s start with Paul & Paula’s guide to Malmo with kids. The best things to do, to see, to experience and and and… enjoy and when you are around, give me a shout!

Malmö is called the City of Parks which makes it perfect for a family to live here. It is a very green city and it is surrounded by forests. On top – it is a beach city too. From our apartment we can actually walk or take the bikes to the city beach called Ribbersborg beach. It is amazing to be able to go for a walk along the beach any time you want.

The city is stretched along the coast and you can cycle or drive all the way along the coast from the East End to the West End. Start at Vastra Hamnen and go all the way to Bunkeflostrand. A beautiful scenery will welcome you!

And when you are here, you have to plan these sights and stops:

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Folkets Park

Which translates “People’s Park” and that’s what it really is.
There are several really cool playgrounds, a children’s theatre, a mini golf, various kiosks, an ice cream bar and even a tiny zoo {really mini} with turtles and birds. In summer there are lots of concerts and open air events. The beer garden always has live music during summer evenings. A great melting pot for people living in Malmo and around.

 

malmo with kids

Slottsträdgårdens Kafé

My absolute favourite spot in Malmo is the Slottsträdgårdens Kafé, only open from around March until September/October. Depending on the weather. A great organic cafe in the middle of Slottsparken and connected to a communal garden. Only outdoor seating available – so I take every chance of good weather I get to meet here with friends and, of course, my family.

 

Sibbarp

Another spot perfect for gatherings is Sibbarp beach. Here we meet with friends for a relaxed picnic and sometimes a little swim in the water.

 

Saluhall

The Malmö Saluhall {food market} is T H E destination for anyone who loves quality produce and delicious food. Very popular during lunch hours. There is a great florist just at the entrance! Make sure to get a coffee from Koppi.

 

malmo with kids

Turning Torso

Vaestra Hamnen with Turning Torso and Stapelbaeddsparken and the best ice cream in Malmo.
190m high and twists 90C from the base to the top. Malmo’s landmark.
Stapelbaeddsparken is a skateboarding park covering over 2000sqm. One of the largest in all of Europe.
You need to come here for ice cream too. Just by the water you can find Cafe Italia and they serve the best in the city!

 

malmo with kids

Ribbersborg/Kalbadhuset

At Ribersborg’s cold bath house you can enjoy a sauna and nude bathing in the sea. ALL YEAR! Situated right at the beach.

 

Malmohus Castle

A Renaissance castle including Malmo Museum and aquarium. For rainy days.

 

Moderna Museet

A part of the Moderna Museum in Stockholm and featuring works from the 20th century and more contemporary art. During week ends you can enjoy activities for kids too.

 

Playgrounds

The city has many playgrounds. Really! Here is a list of the themed playgrounds.

 

malmo with kids

Old city

Cosy, coloured house, huge graffiti (find it!) and life at Lilla Torg. Here, in the heart of the city, you can find lovely cafes and restaurants.

 

Malmo City Library

The main library has two kids sections. One for younger kids (0-7) with a big play area. And one for bigger kids and tweens. Here it is more quiet but it also includes a small play area and music room. You can rent, for free, lots of crafting utensils.

 

malmo with kids

Enjoy the city. I am busy writing a post about Skane with kids so you can discover more from the South of Sweden. Stay tuned!

 

All images: Paul & Paula

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21.02.18

Little Creative Factory store in Barcelona

little creative factory shop
At the end of January I went on a quick trip to Barcelona. Lucky me was invited to attend the Little Creative Factory fashion show for their A/W collection called ‘Horizons’.

And since the brand has a store in the city too, I went to have a look and took some pictures for you. Situated right in the heart of Barcelona, in the fashionable and artistic quarter El Born.

It is also always fascinating to see Cristina, the founder. A dynamic woman guided by her dreams and who is so very passionate about this adventure called Little Creative Factory.
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little creative factory shop

little creative factory shop

little creative factory shop

little creative factory shop

little creative factory shop

little creative factory shop

little creative factory shop

little creative factory shop

Some pieces of the Spring/Summer collection ‘Dancers’ were already in store. Adorned with some well worn ballet shoes. A very poetic space!

If you happen to be in Barcelona, please do visit the store.

Rec 42, Barcelona
T. +34 93 512 71 65
Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 – 20:00

You would like to see something from the collection they showed? See here some images from the Little Creative Factory A/W 2018/19 ‘Horizons’.

Partners for this event: Little Creative Factory, Vueling, Els Gats Restaurant , The Streets Apartment
All images: Paul & Paula

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21.12.17

With Julia Erz in Stuttgart

Stuttgart with kids
For the Autumn break we went to Stuttgart, Germany. In August I became an auntie for the first time and we were all very excited to go and see my brother and the new baby. My little brother {who is actually taller than me} with a baby, a new view, a new chapter and so much love and happiness seeing him enjoying his new ‘place’.

During this week we met another person for the first time. Julia Erz. Julia is a documentary family photographer and asked us if we would like to spend a day with her and her camera.

I really like her approach to photography. Honest, capturing authentic moments including a little mess and sibling chaos.

Living with four kids is fun, chaotic, usually crazy and very entertaining.  Very rare to have a quiet moment and when one little person takes your attention, you can be sure that a brother or sister is using the opportunity…

And this is what you can see in these photos.

Thank you Julia!

 
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Stuttgart with kids

Stuttgart with kids

Stuttgart with kids

Stuttgart with kids

Stuttgart with kids

Stuttgart with kids

Stuttgart with kids

Stuttgart with kids

Stuttgart with kids

Stuttgart with kids

Stuttgart with kids

Many pictures have been taken and we went up a rather steep hill. We don’t know Stuttgart very well and more or less just picked a place. Up the stairs we went without end and then luckily found a really cool playground right on the top.

Even found a cafe for some drinks and then went down and into the city for some snacks.

 

You can read Julia’s blog and her view of our day and see more pictures if you like right here.

 

 
Tomorrow I will do a little round up for 2017 and will send you in a long festive week end with some lovely stuff I would like to share.

And then I will see. My plan is to finally share my travel posts about Iceland. But I will also take some time off from the blog for Christmas and New Years.

Enjoy your families & your loved ones!
 

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30.11.17

Konfetti Kids – new kids store in Barcelona

Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona
Barcelona is THE city at the moment and if you happen to live there {lucky you!} or planning a trip, then take note now: there is a new kids shop called KONFETTI KIDS that opened just recently in the Barrio Gotico disctrict. And it looks really super inviting and fun.

And so does the online shop by the way, I love the illustrations.

Claudia is originally from Bergamo, Italy.
After her studies she collected some professional experiences in women’s wear, where she had the chance to travel and fall in love with Berlin.
Five years ago Claudia decided to move to Berlin, met her husband Michael and in March 2015  their daughter Lilien was born.

Since Lilien Claudia’s interest in the world of kids wear started to grow. Thinking about quality and good design and how to combine both. The starting point for her ‘project’.

In 2016, the family decided to move to Barcelona and in May this year Claudia found the perfect location for KONFETTI KIDS in a beautiful street of the Barrio Gotico and her project became finally real!

So, yes, the concept was conceived in Berlin and is now based in Barcelona. A concept store for the whole family with a hand-picked selection of international brands for children that reflects her passion for good quality and design.
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Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona

Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona

Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona

Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona

Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona
And doesn’t look fun?! I love how sweet everything is.

 

Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona

Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona

Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona

Besides kids wear, you can find original accessories, toys, books and some traditional Italian candies. YUM!
Find Noe & Zoe, Wolf & Rita for example and lots of cute little gifts and toys.

 

Practical Info:

Find KONFETTI kids in a charming street of the Gothic area, right behind the post office of Via Laietana.
The closest metro stations are Jaume I or Liceu.

KONFETTI kids
Baixada de Viladecols 2
08002
Barcelona

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday 11:00-14:00 / 15:00-19:00
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