We always said that having kids would not prevent us from traveling. Dave and I love to travel and our goal is to raise our kids to love it as much as we do. We decided to go on a trip to Europe this spring and it was one of the best decisions we’ve made. We read books, blogs, watched documentaries and 150 pounds of luggage later, we embarked on what has been our best adventure as a four pack yet.
We started in London. Bradley was so excited to see some his favorite landmarks including Big Ben, London Eye and Buckingham Palace (thanks to little einsteins and Mickey Mouse). We packed our backpacks with everything we would need for a 10-12 hour day site seeing and headed out on the town. We were pleasantly surprised at how well both boys did with how busy our schedule was. From museums to castles- parks to restaurants- they did it all. The key is to be prepared for anything. We brought an iPad with games and movies so if we were in a place that couldn’t keep Bradley entertained he could play on that. For Wesley we brought along little snacks to keep him busy. He was new to eating real food so any teething biscuits or crackers usually did the trick. After spending a few days in London we rented a car and drove to Bournemouth, located on the south coast of England. By far the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Bournemouth is a coastal resort town 2 hours outside London. Lots to do for families, especially in the warmer months. If you ever get a chance to go there, do it!! We stayed at a hotel called Premier Inn both in London and Bournemouth. The prices were extremely affordable and it was one of the cleanest and nicest hotels I’ve been in. After spending a few days exploring the English countryside, we took the train from London to Paris. Bradley was most excited about that part of the trip! Paris was less kid-friendly than London but the people were equally as helpful and accommodating to us and our giant American-sized double stroller! (Apparently people could tell we were from the states from a mile away… I wonder what gave that away?) We did all of the big tourist attractions. We bought tickets a few months before our trip for the Eiffel Tower tour to ensure we could go all the way to the top. When travelling with kids, it’s best to try to plan things in advance to have some structure to our schedule. We spent Mother’s Day at the top of the tower and I will never forget it! The biggest inconvenience of the trip was bringing along the double stroller, however I LOVE our Baby Jogger City Mini double stroller. It is so easy to fold up and very lightweight. We were not allowed to leave the stroller unattended due to it being a security threat (completely understandable) but that meant we were folding that bad boy up and carrying it up stairs, cramming it into elevators and getting quite the look from people around us. We ate the most amazing pastries and had some of the best wine we’ve ever had. Paris was beautiful but London has my heart.