I continued my European tour last month by visiting Italy again. This time I finally had the opportunity to spend more than two days in Torino which was a real treat.

I ate A LOT of nice food during my stay, as you have to do when you’re in Italy or what’s the point in even going!? This huge cannolo was a particular sweet highlight – the picture might not give it justice but it was essentially as big as the palm of my hand :)

We managed to catch a heatwave during our visit which meant that staying in the city was extremely warm. So we took every opportunity we had to go on mini adventures outside of the city and explore hidden gems in the Torino area. This amazing castle in the small town of Rivoli was one of those gems.

The old castle and some of its ruins have been turned into a museum of contemporary art and apart from displaying modern art in the most amazing surroundings, a bonus is that the castle is up on a hill so the views from the grounds are fantastic as well.

I managed to find a room in the castle that matched the new summer dress I had brought along for a very special occasion – Alberto’s dads 60th birthday party.

I feel so incredibly lucky to have a second family, they really are the loveliest and always try to make me feel part of everything they do, even if language sometimes can be a bit of a barrier.

On one of the cooler days we were taking a stroll around the city centre and we bumped into a friend from London. It was a super nice surprise and it really helped to sell in the idea of maybe moving to Italy one day. We even managed to view a potential new pad for when we eventually move down… ;) (I kid, it’s another castle).

No trip would be complete without seeing lots friends and making homemade pizza, two things that we managed to tick off our to-do lists.

All in all, another successful trip – I just need to raise the bar of my Italian lessons so I can finally have a proper chat with both Mamma and Nonni :)

Flew home for 48 hours over the bank holiday weekend to celebrate the birthday of my amazing granny who turned 79. I really needed the kind of cuddles and proper belly laughs that only she can give me.

Summer was in the air throughout my entire visit and I couldn’t really go home without a quick visit to my favourite spot on the beach and say hello to Turning Torso. Oh Malmö <3

I even managed to convince mum to go out on a run with me :) She complained a lot, but we had fun in the end and ran around 8km in total so a great effort. I need to get her in shape so we can run another half marathon again.

We also celebrated Mother’s Day on the Sunday as Sweden has a different date to the one they have UK. We decided to treat granny to a dinner of her choice, whilst I had gotten mum a little gift from the airport.

No matter how long I stay, my visits are always too short. This time especially, but I’m happy I went because any time I can spend with them is both time and money well spent. I miss them so much…

Despite suffering from a minor chest infection, it was nice to get away from London for a few days. I might have taken this place a little bit for granted last summer whilst visiting for the first time, but honestly, the more time I spend here, the more I’m convinced that I’ll never get tired of this view!

I’d also forgotten how liberating it feels to have access to a car and to be able to drive around without having to rely on public transport. We decided to go on a mini adventure one of the days to explore a close by seaside town.

We had a lovely stroll around the old part of town and enjoyed an aperitif in the sunshine by the sea. Then before heading back home we somehow managed (by luck!) to get a table at what seemed to be one of the most popular restaurants in the area. I had a fish soup that was divine – really wish I could eat more seafood here in the UK!

All in all, a great long weekend spent in the company of two of my favourite people. Not sure what I’ve done to deserve them but thanking my lucky stars every day that I have them in my life. Can’t wait until we’re reunited again in June!