I am not sure there is anything more festive then holidaying in Germany in December. This country seriously knows how to get into the Christmas spirit. Germany was the last country I had to visit before we departed Europe. I couldn’t imagine living in Belgium for the past two years and never making it across the border. As we were able to tie Munich & Salzburg into the same trip, it was the perfect city for our Germany experience! It took a bit of extra planning tackling this cold city with Mark, but our logistics worked great and we had a wonderful quick trip in Munich!
Salzburg, Austria. Mark’s first snow fall. Christmas markets & holiday cheer. As you might have guessed, we had a wonderful family holiday this past week. Salzburg was one of the last remaining cities on my European Wanderlust List I made back in January 2016 when I first moved to Belgium. I am so happy we were able to sneak this slightly last minute trip in before we departed back to the US. Our trip to Salzburg couldn’t have been a more festive way to kick off the Christmas season. These European Christmas Markets are really something everyone should experience!
Traveling with babies certainly has it challenges. Since our time in Europe is coming to a close, Brett and I made a pack to continue our adventures once Mark joined us. In addition to being born in Belgium, Mark has already visited The Netherlands, France, Monaco, Switzerland, Italy, and the United States and we are all set to explore the Christmas Markets in Germany & Austria later this year. While we occasionally have to modify our itinerary, I’m so happy we’ve committed to keeping travel part of our family’s life. Of all the countries we have visited in Europe (Brett and I have explored 17 so far!), Switzerland is my favorite. Aside from the fact it is stunning beautiful and all the cities are so unique, it is also incredibly child friendly. So in honor of my Throwback Thursday series, I’m sharing all the details from our visit with Mark in July to Geneva & Montreux!
In honor of (almost) booking our next European trip with Mark, we are throwing it back and reminiscing about our first trip as a family of three. Our little mister was only 12 weeks old and we enjoyed a lovely long weekend in Monte Carlo! Not many people can say their first vacation as a 12 week old was to Monaco, but this little world traveler can! We learned a lot on this trip & had such a memorable time on our first family vacation!
It has been two weeks since we returned from our US trip and I finally found a free moment to review our second batch of beach photos. This whole mobile munchkin situation is a game changer. Needless to say, babyproofing quickly moved to the top of our priority list and editing photos hasn’t made the to-do-list until today. Thankfully, Mark cut his mama a break and took an epic 2-hour siesta this morning and I finally had time to do some “me” things.
We spent our second week in New Jersey with lots of trips to the beach after learning how much Mark loved it. He had a blast playing in the sand (which, I was seriously skeptical about), chasing the waves, and we even brought my parent’s dog with us once. Seriously, puppies and babies on the beach, does life get any better then that? Here are a few favorites from our morning wanders to the shore in Sea Girt!
I’m so happy my parents decided to live at the beach. It is one of my favorite places and I’m thrilled I get to share it with my own littles. Growing up, my family always loved the sea & sand and most of our holidays were spent in warm destinations (skiers we are not!). There is something about having your toes in the sand and listening to the sound of the waves that is so calming to me.
Picturesque Positano. Ravishing Ravello. Charming Capri. Needless to say, we had an outstanding getaway along the Amalfi Coast this past week. It took a little planning to address the logistics to get our 5 month munchkin to this slightly remote destination, but with a little work we were able to have a wonderful family vacation. The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful landscapes I have seen and I am so fortunate our little family had the opportunity to explore & relax in the beauty of these stunning coastal towns.