in which the kiddos and I visit an Italian shopping mall

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Our time is running out in Italy, and I keep telling myself to enjoy the last bit of European shopping while I can!Β  In Europe, everything goes on sale on January 1 and July 1, and July 1 is right around the corner, so it’s a good time to start scouting out things I might like to buy on sale. At least that’s what I tell myself; in reality I visit this mall about every nine months. Such is life with two kids!

Anyway, today I decided to make things happen, grabbed my phone, and photographed our little outing. Come along and shop with us!

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Parked and ready to go. Lena is thrilled.

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Up into the breezy, open corridors of the mall. This mall, Centro Sicilia, is especially pretty on a Tuesday afternoon during riposo (ie. siesta) when there is almost no one else there.

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Obligatory stop for a ride. Gil didn’t know that I didn’t pay for his. Ignorance is bliss!

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New store since I was here last time (6 months ago…). Looks the same all over the world!

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Always makes me laugh.

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Loved these alternative carts for bored little shoppers!

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You can’t tell, but she’s barefoot. Hence the maniacal giggles.

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And finally: two favorite Italian-only things about the mall. On the left, a vendor with a pop-up shop in the middle of the hallway. She’s not selling face cream or hair clips, though, she’s selling espresso machines!

And on the right, a parking sign indicating that the “pink parking” is reserved for women with children or in dolce attesa (literally “sweet waiting”). Now howΒ dolce is that?! ;)

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9 Responses to in which the kiddos and I visit an Italian shopping mall

  1. Anna June 3, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    I have been in this shopping mall few days ago, what a pity I didn’t met you!

    • Becca June 3, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

      What are the chances! I’d love to meet you if we get another chance. :)

  2. Abi June 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    Jorge and I wandered into the “Lush” store in Venice while on our honeymoon. Before we knew it the salesman had zeroed in on Jorge and started giving him a hand massage with some sort of gritty lotion! Maybe it was the novelty of seeing a big American guy with giant bear paws… anyways, it was a very… memorable… experience! So did you find anything good that you’re gonna go back for??

    • Becca June 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

      Hah! That’s priceless! I thought I’d seen Lush stores in the States so that’s why I took a picture of it, but maybe I’m wrong. You can smell everything from the hallway, no need to go into the store!

      I didn’t buy that dress I was wearing because it was too long, but now I’m having non-buyer’s remorse. Maybe I’ll go back for it! I did buy the skirt, though, sale or no sale. I’ve been wanting a maxi skirt and really liked that one!

  3. Kaylee June 3, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

    Love this! So fun! By the way, what kind of stroller do you use? And do you like it?

  4. Rebecca June 4, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    The pop-up shop in the middle of the hallway is very common here in Belgium too. At least it is in the bigger malls.

    It’s something I seem to like doing when on a trip : visit a mall. Strange habit though. Over here in Belgium you go to a mall because it’s raining so often and then it’s nicer to shop with a roof above. When we were in the US for our roadtrip (Westcoast) we went to the mall because it was nice and cool. :D

    • Becca June 4, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

      Malls really do give you a taste of the local culture… but all in a very Westernized setting. I remember being absolutely fascinated by a HUGE mall in Cairo a few years ago. So much looked familiar — glass elevators, Asian noodle restaurants, Starbucks-like coffee shops — and yet everyone was speaking Arabic and there were women wrapped from head to toe. It was a fascinating experience.

  5. Jess June 4, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Looks fun!! I like the long dresses…speaking of, I have a few long dresses and skirts to lend while I’m in Guat :)

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