Kristina Rihanoff was given the best surprise from her boyfriend Ben Cohen. The former Strictly Come Dancing star was whisked away on a romantic trip to Barcelona just before Valentine's Day. Opening up about their city escape in her latest HELLO! Online blog post, Kristina revealed that she and Ben were encouraged by the family to have some 'alone time', without their seven-month-old daughter Mila.
"Ben surprised me before Valentine's Day with a trip to this very gorgeous city," wrote Kristina. "Seriously, if you haven't been, hop on a plane and go! It was our first holiday together, just the two of us, to go and spend some time together without Mila. We decided to go before Valentine's Day when it was less hectic and touristy, and it was great to get away for two nights, just the two of us. It was the first time leaving Mila at home, but Ben's mum, his brother and his wife were all so supportive. They all looked after Mila. It's incredible to have such a great network and amazing support from the family. They all said, ‘Guys you have to go, you have to have time to yourselves, go and enjoy it!'"
Kristina was whisked away to Barcelona for the weekend
A highlight of the weekend was watching a flamenco show. Professional dancer Kristina, who has reached the Strictly finals twice before, wrote: "I wanted Ben to see an authentic flamenco dance. We went to the oldest one in Barcelona. It was packed with tourists and so special." She added: "In terms of sights, we went to Parc Guell and walked down to Sagrada Familia. The food is unbelievable too. The local tapas were incredible but there was also a lot of fusion food. I've been to different cities in Spain but there really is something very unique about Barcelona. It was a wonderful place to get away. We were so happy to go and want to go back in the summer! Like I said, go to Barcelona and enjoy yourself!"
Ben and Kristina at London Fashion Week
In her latest blog post, Kristina also opened up about her and rugby player Ben's adorable little girl Mila. Answering a fan's question about how old Mila will be when she learns to dance, Kristina said: "Well, the truth is, we're already dancing a lot at home together. I always pick her up and dance to music. I think she enjoys it and I love it. I'll try to introduce her at a very early age – three or four years old – because that was my age when I was introduced to dancing and ballet. She might like it, she might not. I probably will be a little bit of a pushy parent with dancing, but if she doesn't like it at all, I'm not going to be too hard on her." She laughed, adding: "Who knows, she might be a rugby player? She might be into her rugby!"