Here is the breakdown of our trip to Europe. We had so much fun and loved everything that we go to do. As always with a trip, this is just what we did. There is so much more to see and do. We hope to go back one day!
- Landed in Paris at 6am. Played at a park, ate at a cafe, walked around a little, and then got on our train to Germany at 1:00pm.
- Got into Germany and dropped off our bags at our family’s home.
- Walked around town and went to a pumpkin patch then had dinner at their house.
- A bit of a bust due to jet lag. Check out my jet lag post here. This focuses on how our little guy did.
- Went to the local grocery store, let bubba play, and then went to dinner in Kaiserslautern.
- Visited the castle Burgruine Nanstein right outside of Ramstein, Germany. This castle was more ruins but the views were incredible and the hiking around was great. I would recommend it if you are in the area.
- Stopped at the cutest Christmas shop and got an ornament. I believe it was House of Clocks and Gifts. It was locally owned and very cute/very authentic. The woman who owns it is called, “Mrs. Christmas.”
- Got back to the house to let bubba rest and J and I went on a little date in town while my brother stayed home. Thank you Donnie! We had so much fun!
- We drove to Trier. This city is full of Roman ruins and incredible architecture. It was so cool to see Roman ruins. Not something I expected to see in Germany. You definitely don’t realize how large their empire was until you start to visit all these places.
- After we ate lunch we drove through Luxembourg and let bubba nap in the car. We stopped at the cutest playground, Parc Merl, before heading home.
- We started our drive to Switzerland! We stopped in Colmar, France because a friend of my brother and sil’s suggested it. I can’t even tell you how picturesque it was. Apparently, it was where some of the inspiration behind Beauty and the Beast came from. You can totally see how that could have been while there! We could’ve spent a full day here, but we had to get on the road.
- This drive was not as enjoyable as we had hoped it would be. Yes, bubs napped, but the traffic. The traffic was insane. It ended up being about a 6 hour drive. We got to our Airbnb as fast as we could so that we weren’t driving in the mountains while it was pitch black.
- Once we got settled my brother and sil (Donnie and Aubrey) went to the grocery store for milk mostly and then ended up at McDonald’s for our dinner because not much stays open late.
- BTW, we loved our Airbnb. It had some oddities, but it overlooked a fantastic waterfall that you could hear. You could also hear the cow bells and church bells. Think Sound of Music. So amazing.
- We stayed in Lauterbrunnen which is touristy, but not as touristy. It is also accessible by car. Many towns close to us couldn’t have cars. We loved where we stayed because we didn’t have to pay for parking or pay for a gondola ride every time we wanted to travel back to our place. The rides aren’t cheap. Keep that in mind when going!
- Stopped off at a cute cafe and had some breakfast then headed on a hike! If you are GF they had great options in Switzerland!
- Hiked to Murren then took the train up the mountain to Almendhubel for the park and incredible views. So worth it!! It rained on our way up, but cleared up as we were at the top and for the hike down.
- We had a picnic inside a little hut at the playground. Shoutout to Donnie and Aubrey for getting lunch stuff at the market. So much cheaper this way and fun!
- Had a date night at Hotel Oberland. We got the traditional rosti and their seasonal salad. It was so so good! Highly recommend.
- Went back to our place and taste tested chocolates with Donnie and Aubrey. If you don’t do this while in Switzerland you’re missing out!
- We started a hike right outside of Grindelwald. We had to call it though. It started to rain and the terrain was not the same as the previous day. When you’ve got a baby strapped to you the last thing you want is to be hiking on unstable rocks while it rains. So disappointing!
- We visited Grindelwald after this. This was honestly not our favorite town. Way too touristy for our taste and for our idea of Switzerland.
- We all went to Hotel Oberland for dinner again. Just as good again!
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- Do we need to talk about this day? Drive back was horrendous.
- We did make it back in time for the fall festival/market/farmers market….This was the best! They supposedly have these all the time around Europe and I wish we had them here more.
- Donnie and Aubrey had to go back to real life so it was just the three of us!
- We drove to Rudesheim am Rhein. This town is LOVELY. Highly recommend going. We even drove around up into the hills during nap and it was so enjoyable. Even got to frolick and enjoy an amazing view.
- Got back for dinner with family!
- We drove to Heidelburg and visited the castle. This castle is really amazing. The views are ridiculous.
- Unfortunately it was raining fairly hard this day so we didn’t get to explore as much as we would have liked. It was fall in Europe so what can you do? Just be prepared for this kind of weather if you go around the time we did. It didn’t bother us at all and this was the only day we felt like it hindered our plans.
- On to Paris! It was so incredibly difficult leaving our family. I really had a hard time with it. We had such a great time with them and will treasure this experience with them forever.
- We took the train to Paris and our Airbnb host arranged for a driver to come and get us. With a child this came in handy. It was pouring rain when we got in. He had an umbrella, snacks for bubs, and was incredibly kind. We loved our drive with him!
- Our Airbnb was to die for. We were 10 minutes walk to the Eiffel tower and 7 minutes to the Arc de Triomphe. It was a gorgeous flat and our host was amazing. We can’t even really tell you how much we loved her.
- Headed out and saw the Eiffel tower, Arc, walked along the Champs, and then had dinner at Andre. The chicken, steak, and fries were all so good, but the creme de brulee stole the show!
- We got up early and had photos with Karina planned. I had gone back and forth on whether or not we should do this, but I am so glad we did. She did such an amazing job. We had never had family photos done before and these were just breathtaking. We loved her too.
- Walked around town and explored a bit after photos.
- Got a chicken from a butcher, a baguette from a bakery, chocolates and macrons from a chocolatier all within steps of each other. It was a dream. After this I was sold on moving to Paris. For real. We had such a nice little picnic!
- Next, J took bubs back to our flat and let him nap. He desperately needed one. So, I got to go shopping! Best husband ever.
- When he woke up we went to Angelina’s to get pouring chocolate and walked around Luxembourg gardens. We got more macrons too!
- Unfortunately this was our last day in Paris. We have to go back one day. It’s my new favorite city.
- Our Airbnb host brought bubs a parting gift. Yep. We loved her for so many reasons.
- She arranged for the same man to come and take us to the airport. So worth the extra money with a kiddo!
- Off to D.C. we went!
We miss Europe so much but are also happy to be home. It was a once in a lifetime kind of trip. Thanks to Donnie and Aubrey for being there. It made going much easier and a must do! We probably wouldn’t have gone if it hadn’t been for them.
I tried to be as detailed as possible, but I still couldn’t include everything. If you have any questions please let me know. I’d be thrilled to answer them for you.
As always, thank you for taking your precious time to read my blog. I am so thankful that you are here!