Erin’s first international trip is in the books! The flights went well, but the first four days in Italy were rough – Erin had a hard time adjusting to the foreign land and was constantly clingy and refused to eat. Thank goodness Grace packed some microwaveable Korean food for her to eat. Otherwise she literally would have only eaten bread and gelato.
Speaking of gelato, it was the highlight of our trip! We ate it at least once a day (it was only two euros!), and Erin devoured it every time. The girl has some high-class taste buds!
Rome was great in its own way (Colosseum and the Vatican were awesome), but it was extremely crowded (even though we went before tourist season) and the food was mediocre. The latter was mainly because we weren’t able to go to the nicer places that friends recommended or the places that the locals go to because they were out of the way and/or opened too late for us (Erin’s bedtime was 7pm). I guess Grace and I will have to go back in twenty years sans kids.
When we got to Cinque Terre though, on the fifth day, I feel like we all were able to relax and enjoy the trip. The five small towns were so quaint and homey… you immediately feel at ease. We hiked to all five towns in the three days we were there, and Erin actually opened up to a handful of locals in the towns and was a lot more adventurous. In fact, over the course of those ten days, Grace and I felt like Erin had grown up considerably. See? Traveling is good for everyone. 🙂
Looking back, the trip was really tiring because we had an infant/toddler, but overall we had absolutely no regrets. Would we do it again though? Mmm, we most likely won’t do an international one again until we’re done having kids and they’re all at least 6-7 years old. Countries outside of America are just not very child-friendly, which makes traveling a lot more difficult than it could be. I wouldn’t discourage others from doing it, but I would be cautious in talking to them about doing it.
Anyhow, here are some of my favorite photos from the trip. And be sure to watch the video at the end of the post! Ciao!