Italy With A Baby

Our friend Cara from Land of Bean asked us to share a traveling story today!  Cara has this great (meaning, we wish we had thought of it!) site BlogTrotting.  BlogTrotting features bloggers from around the world and they share about their city or trips!  It’s a virtual way to see the world!!

cafe in italy

Anyone who’s been following us here at LoveFeast Table, knows we love to travel as do our husbands (which makes traveling easier to justify!)  When we talk about life values and family values, travel is up there on the list!  Todd and Chris Ann have traveled to Spain, Mexico, Australia and Germany to name a few!  Devon and I have traveled to China, Philippines, Ireland and South Africa.  Devon and Todd landed in India within weeks of each other!  But, the one thing we had never done, was travel together!  So, about 5 years ago, we began to scheme.  You see, my brother was getting married to an English gal and the wedding was going to be in Winchester.  As Italy is just a hopper flight away, the four of us began to plan how we could meet!  I have to tell you, we’re not wealthy people, by any stretch of the imagination.  Like I said before, we just make travel a priority!  Some of you may have college funds for your kids, ah hem, all of our kids have passports.

We began to pinch our pennies (borrow from the grocery budget) and book our rooms (thank goodness for Craigslist!)  Then we had a little surprise.  I found out I was pregnant with number 5!  We quickly did the math and realized he would be five months old when we boarded the plane.  Now, I know there are mommas out there that would cancel their plans and rethink the trip…but, not us!!  We are firm believers in traveling with kids!  Does it slow you down a bit?  Sure.  Can it be an inconvenience to lug the stroller around? Definitely!  Is it worth it? Absolutely!

I have to pause here to admit we were in no way nervous about taking Little Man, in fact, this would be easy!  We had traveled through China, Philippines and Ireland with our other four kids!  At the time, Teapot (our daughter) was only two.  So, just taking Little Man would be a cinch!

We arrived in Pisa.  We hopped in our rental car and zipped towards Florence.  Devon said, “Isn’t the Leaning Tower of Pisa here?” “No. There’s no way this is the same place.”  Yup, it was there…we missed it.  I totally chalk it up to “new mommy brain” still in full swing!  We drove into Florence and it took about an hour to find our apartment.  We knocked on the door.  No answer.  We weren’t even sure we had the right building.  We walked around, checked our map, came back.  Still no answer.  Travel Tip #1…when meeting friends in a foreign country and neither of you have your cell phones, figure out way to communicate in case you can’t find one another!  No, we finally did find them!  About a half hour later, we knocked again.  This time, Todd yells out from the third floor…”We’re here!”

We were two blocks from the Duomo!  We walked there that night.

at night

Breathtaking as it was to see it lit up…it was even more breathtaking the next day.

duomo in day light

We stood in line, Little Man in the Bjorn ready to climb the 463 steps to the top of the Dome.

climbing duomo

CA climbing

dome 2

The view from the top, was breathtaking!

Florence 2

Florence

All of us at top of Duomo

It’s easy to see why so many artists were inspired in Florence!  On the way down, Little Man was hungry and I stopped to feed him.  He nursed in the Duomo!

nursing in duomo

It’s funny, because the next day, while we were walking in the city, we overheard two women say, “Yesterday I was in the Duomo and I swear I heard a baby crying!”  Yes, Little Man left his mark!

He was with us when we saw Michelangelo’s Deposition.

The Deposition

He had his first taste of risotto.

little man and risotto

He rubbed the pig’s nose, guaranteeing he would one day return to Italy!

the pig

smiling pig

He tasted gelato.

gelato

No, he didn’t have espresso or

espresso

grappa…we do have our limits!

grappa

He did make it home with us after we had an amazing meal with “The Baby” and a little limoncello and he spoke Italian.

talking Italian

Little Man sat with us and took in Tuscany…

cheese in tuscany

while we tasted the wine…

wine guy

tasting w baby

savored the food and

food in italy

let all of our senses be overwhelmed, by Italy.

streets in panzano

trevi fountain

gypsy getting ready

window

florence water

b n w florence

Whether you’re thinking of globe traveling or Blogtrotting, don’t let children slow you down or discourage you from going!  We met many people we wouldn’t have because everywhere we went we heard “Bellissimo Bambino!”

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  1. What an amazingly cool experience! I’ve not been to Italy yet but it’s on my must see list for sure =)

  2. I can’t believe you took a baby in a Bjorn to the top of the Duomo! My then 25 year old self barely made it to the top when we were there!

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Noel and I love to travel, and like you, we make it a priority. One of our biggest fears about having a baby is that we wouldn’t be able to travel anymore–and we definitely haven’t seen all of the world we want to see! It’s great to see families that do it, and still have a great time!

  3. I need to take a lesson from you. I want to do traveling but I keep thinking that I need to wait until the kids are older. But I guess not. 🙂

  4. First, let me say: incredible post! Those pictures are breathtaking, your baby is adorable, and you make it all sound so fun!

    While we haven’t quite traveled the globe, we have never hesitated taking our babies with us on trips. Our oldest has been vacationing since the age of six weeks, and he’s almost 12 now. I rarely vacationed as a kid, and I want our kids to see that there is more of the world than just our city. Love your encouraging words!

  5. wow, what an amazing journey! And the pics are gorgeous.

  6. Man! Fantastic and beautiful and wonderful and inspiring all at the same time. And my travel bug just sat up and took notice. As did my hormones. Um, yea, thank you for that!! Yikes.

  7. You inspire me! I so badly want to travel, but I am hesitant because of the challenges associated with taking a toddler. You make it seem so doable!

    The pictures are amazing! And absolutely make me want to hop on a plane TODAY. I love Italy, heck, all of Europe. Someday soon!

    Thanks for being a part of BlogTrotting! Great, great post!

  8. Carrie says:

    Your story makes me feel SO much better about the trip to Disneyland in September with our 4yo and 2yo. If you can do Italy with a 5mo, surely I can handle that!

    Visiting from Blogtrotting

  9. Congratulations on being the featured blogger today. Your story is fantastic. And your pics are fabulous. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

  10. Those pictures took my breath away, and I am so totally inspired by your courage and sense of adventure in terms of traveling with kids. Awesome!

  11. Love that sweet, chubby baby, and ADORE that you nursed him in the Duomo! Beautiful pictures and wonderful post (as always!). You make me want to leave tomorrow!

  12. Your gorgeous photos brought back some wonderful memories of a trip I took to Italy back in college…it is such an amazing place. You are a rock star to take baby along for the ride. 🙂

  13. Heather says:

    Loved the post! What a fabulous place for a vacation!

  14. What an inspiring and gorgeous gorgeous story!! Italy would almost take the cake for all it’s brilliance and beauty, but then add Little man to the mix and it barely can hold it’s own- he’s just too darn cute! 🙂

  15. I am also a firm believer in traveling with children. As a matter of fact, I believe in it so much that I write 2 blogs devoted to family travel! I hope to get to Italy soon. What an incredible place to share with your children.

    Happy Blogtrotting!

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