Hi everyone, I’m back from my epic European adventure! From 9 September – 2 October, we spent an epic three weeks in London, Paris and Italy (Florence, Venice and Rome). This was something that we wanted to cross off our bucketlist for our babymoon, before we meet our new member of our family in January.
What were the highlights?
This was definitely a trip of a lifetime for us, wanting to visit these iconic places that we’ve only dreamed about! Here’s what our holiday looked like:
- London for 4 days – visited Harry Potter Studios, did a London walking tour, watched Phantom of the Opera on West End, went to Tower of London/Buckingham Palace/Churchill War Rooms
- Paris for 5 days – saw the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, the royal palace of Versailles, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, climbed the dome at Sacre Coeur (it was SO STEEP)
- Venice for 3 days – had lots of pizza, pasta and gelato, toured the Doge’s Palace, got lost in the Venitian alleyways and went to Murano island
- Florence for 3 days – walked around the historical city centre, went on a day trip to Tuscany where we visited San Gimignano, Siena and Pisa
- Rome for 5 days – chilled out at the Colosseum (AMAZING), saw the ruins at the Roman Forum, the artwork at Vatican City.
It’s hard to pick a few highlights, because the whole trip was a highlight for us! Seeing these monuments in person is definitely nothing like seeing it in photos. One thing the Europeans do well is making their monuments big and impressive, and they definitely didn’t disappoint. There’s so much history behind all the places that we went and absorbing it, along with the culture, was a wonderful experience.
How was the flight from Australia?
The reason why you don’t see many Australians travelling to Europe (often anyway) is because we’re such a long way away! Our flight to London took about 27 hours of transit time and check in – 14 hours from Brisbane to Abu Dhabi, 1.5 hour stopover, and another 8 hours to London. It’s tiring, it’s long and it’s exhausting, but the end goal was definitely worth it. Our flight home was even more hectic – 6 hours from Rome to Abu Dhabi, 15 hour stopover and 14 hours back home.
So how was travelling while pregnant?
In hindsight, I would’ve probably picked a more relaxing holiday for us, especially with the amount of walking, stairs and general crowds around the places that we went to. I knew it was going to be busy, but I didn’t anticipate the shoulder to shoulder crowds in some of the areas that we went to. When you think about it, it makes sense – the Colosseum and Eiffel Tower, etc. are some of the most popular tourist attractions in the world – accompanied by the amount of tourists from all over the world. It was busy, overwhelming and at times, stressful and hot.
The upside to travelling while being pregnant, especially in Paris and Italy, was they allow you priority access into the tourist attractions as you have limited mobility. This was amazing, as we got to skip some lines that looked like they were hours worth of waiting (in the sun)! I felt very special and it was great to walk right in, but it’s still pretty crowded inside and I was worried about people bumping into me/knocking me over (especially at the Vatican and Versailles)! As my belly got bigger as my trip progressed, I had to sit down and rest a lot, and there were days when I was absolutely wiped out and needed to sleep all day too. I was glad to come home afterwards to my own bed and routine.
Summing up the experience
I’m so glad that we went, particularly since I don’t know when my next holiday will be, and it was so incredible all round seeing all these places in person. Definitely one for the bucket list that you have to visit once in a life time! I’m glad we made all these memories as well before we start our new family. Definitely lots of stories for our child when they are older!
Would we go again? As much as we loved Europe, we probably won’t be making it out there anytime soon simply because of the tiring commute and I feel like we visited the main highlights. One thing about travel is that it does give you a greater appreciation for what you have back home, like not paying for public toilets, having your own bed and all the amazing food options and coffee that I’m used to.
I have an upcoming vlog about our visit to Harry Potter studios in London, so make sure you’ve subscribed to my Youtube channel!
What did you think of my travel experience? Have you been to Europe before? Let me know in the comments below!
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