{FAMILY} GOING ABROAD WITH A BABY

We love going on holiday and that was one thing we vowed wouldn’t change just because we were having a baby. To make sure we stayed true to our word, when I was 8 months pregnant we booked a trip to Italy for the coming June. This meant we had a holiday to look forward to, leaving on the day our baby would turn 4 months old.

We were so excited. We had booked to return to Verona for one night, then travel onto Lake Garda to a small town called Lazise for 3 nights. We did this same trip at the end of our honeymoon 4 years prior, and the fact we would be away for our wedding anniversary made the trip even more exciting.

I put a call out on Instagram for tips on travelling with a baby. I follow some great accounts so I knew I’d get some help if I asked. My inbox was filled with helpful tips from other mums and dads encouraging us to embrace travel. Alongside the helpful messages were more than a few people telling me that we were crazy to even attempt to go away with a baby. Helpful! We obviously knew this would be different to other trips as we would have a baby in tow, but we were ready to give it a go and create new family memories.

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{TRAVEL} FOUR DAYS IN VENICE

It’s now been over six weeks since we got back from our beautiful four day trip to Venice, and I wish I could hop back on a plane and be sat back on the Grand Canal sipping on Aperol Spritz (THE best summer drink, and it tastes sooo much better in Italy.)

It’s no secret that my Husband and I love Italy. It is hands down my favourite country in the world. Its many regions differ so much from one another that each time we go; it’s a different holiday experience. We have been lucky enough to visit Naples, Milan, Turin, Sicily, both Lake Maggiore (you can read about that trip here) and Lake Garda, Verona, Sorrento and Amalfi in the last few years. All stunningly perfect places, but Venice is completely different, not just to other places in Italy, but to anywhere else in the world.

Its secret canals and arching bridges mean there is a photo opportunity at every turn. Annoying for my husband when I am obsessed with taking photos….

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{TRAVEL} BEAUTIFUL ITALIA – LAKE MAGGIORE

Italy is my favourite travel destination. I could happily holiday there every year and still be as much in love with it as I already am. From the food (all the carbs) to the drink (Prosecco is SO cheap in Italy!) to the climate, for me, it has it all. The jewels of this beautiful country are the Lakes dotted around a number of regions.

Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore is the most westerly of all the great Lakes in Italy, and laps the shores of both Italy and Switzerland. When we visited we stayed in Baveno, a small town located on the south side of the Alps, in Italy’s Piedmonte region and it is truly stunning.

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