Elliott, Lena, and I had a few hours before our flight left for Rome so we took off to do some exploring around the city. We saw a Versace model getting dressed and savored some quiet moments in a Starbucks. (No Starbucks in Sicily, so this caramel macchiato was a serious treat!)
Our favorite discovery in Geneva, though, was an magnificent toy shop. Four levels, all toys! Lena had been napping in her Ergo carrier and what wonders she woke up to!
I tried to get her excited about the amazing Haba toys from Germany, but she was more interested in the tags. Elliott was more interested in the tags, too, because when he saw the prices he said, “Not this time, honey.”
We loved this all-wooden toy set with beautifully painted people and animals. Elliott, in particular, was awed by the mountain goats. If we had a million dollars, we decided, we’d get this whole set for Lena. And for us.
We both grew up with a small stash of Playmobil, so we were irresistibly drawn to this brightly colored wall of boxes. When will Lena be old enough for her first Playmobil set? Can’t be soon enough for her parents! We have had our eyes on the veterinary clinic set ever since we spotted it in Solvang, California, this fall.
And last but not least, a picture for my siblings and grandparents. Do you remember the toy pig that Grampie gave us when we were kids that oinked and walked? They had one oinking and walking around the toy store! Elliott and Lena stared on in concerned wonder as I bent down in delight to pet the piggy and then took several pictures of it. Such a silly little toy… and yet what power it had to take me back to happy days of childhood!