Babymooning in Amsterdam

Will is currently headed to a conference in Sweden for the weekend (read: Liam and I will be in our pj’s binging on “Suits” all weekend. We may, or may not, leave the flat–I haven’t decided).

So, I thought I’d reminisce about our babymoon back in March.

Last Christmas Will surprised me with tickets to Amsterdam for our babymoon! He booked the flights and AirBnB room for March so it gave me plenty of time to figure out what I wanted to see and do. By the time March rolled around I was sooooooooooo ready to get my third-trimester-belly over there!

Our first morning there had a bit of a rough start. As soon as we had started walking my back was hurting. I think I lasted 10 minutes before I had to sit down somewhere. On top of that it was cold and windy and I had somehow thought that leaving Scotland, aka “the land of cold and windy”, meant I was flying to the tropics…. because that was the type of logical thinking I was having at nearly eight months of being pregnant?? So, about 12 minutes into our first day I nearly broke down that I was cold and hurting and I was ruining our holiday. BUT enter in Will, the one with a properly functioning brain, and he made it all better by finding us a cafe so we could get warm and sit and press reset. That man of mine sure does know how to be wonderful to me!

After our little reset we were able to tackle Amsterdam that weekend! We saw Anne Frank’s safe house (one of my favourite museums to this day), went to an outdoor market, ate freshly made stroopwafels, checked out more of the amazing museums, walked through the red light district, and walked hand-in-hand along the rivers! We even got to meet up with friends who had just moved from Edinburgh to the Netherlands.

Bump and blarf buddies!! (Blarf = blanket scarf).

The artist at work.

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I don't have the words to express how lucky I am to call this man my partner and best friend. I am too blessed.

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Gorgeous last day in Amsterdam!!

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It was such a great trip for both of us. My belly didn’t get too much in the way of seeing the city. As long I was fed and had ample opportunities to sit and rest I was willing and able to walk all day. And truthfully, Amsterdam is a very walk-able city and easy to get around.  We’d love to go back someday… maybe in the spring/summertime? ;)

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Venice

WILL COMES HOME TODAY!!!! WILL COMES HOME TODAY!!!!! WILL COMES HOMES TODAY!!!!! WILL COMES HOME TODAY!!!! WILL COMES HOME TODAY!!!!!

This is my mantra this morning. It was my mantra when my alarm went off at 6am so I can call him before he headed off and it will be my mantra as I’m vacuuming and cleaning the bathroom and putting a ham in the slow cooker and baking! Lots of baking today!

But on to business: Venice!

I’m STILL pinching myself that we were just there two and a half weeks ago! Oh it was amazing!

For starters, we traveled to Venice together. That was huge for me because I had been doing a lot of traveling by myself lately and I was getting tired of it. I prefer my 5am explorations for bus stops to include my husband. It’s just better that way.

Second, our hotel was awesome. We weren’t sure what kind of hotel the Groupon deal would land us in but I’m pretty sure we hit the jackpot! We stayed at the Hotel Pausania and couldn’t have been more pleased. Everyone was really kind and helpful and we loved it’s location. It’s a short walk from where the airport bus drops you off but in a quiet area. We weren’t surrounded by other hotels which means we weren’t surrounded by tourists. There were a ton of local bars and restaurants by us too. And, it was only a short walk from the hotel to the main piazza (San Marco).

Third, we didn’t break the bank. So many people write about how Venice is expensive because they have to import everything and that made me nervous. We got an amazing deal from Groupon (which we saved on our flights and hotel) and we were smart about food.

And fourth, Will and I were both on the same page with exploring. That’s all we wanted to do. And we all know that’s huge because I’m not a walker. But I was so entranced by the city that walking was all  I wanted to do. And Will and I both loved getting lost in Venice. Not that you could because it’s so small, but it was fun trying!

When you guys go to Venice (because it’s an absolute must!) you have to check out Bistrot Ai Do Draghi. It’s a cute little bar we found trying to get out of the rain that was such a gem! The snacks they provided were all homemade and delicious! And really good wine as well :)

Our last day in Venice was super cool. First of all, we experienced acqua alta (“high tide”) where everything was covered in water. People were walking in water up to their shins! It’s was crazy. The hotel was prepared for it and had the furniture up on platforms the night before. Will and I were on the second floor so it didn’t affect us until we went down for breakfast the next day. We were not prepared so we stayed in the hotel that morning but the tide had gone back down and everything went back to normal by the late morning. Which, I was grateful for because I did not want to walk around in sopping, wet clothes. It also smelled rancid. But that was life in Venice and it was cool to experience it. Another bonus for our last day was that the sun came out! <insert angels singing>

Oh he’s so handsome!! (I can’t believe he comes home today!!!!!!!)

Oh Venice!

In my head Venice was this magical floating city and that’s exactly what it is. There’s no other city in the world like it. It felt like a time capsule that transported me to another time or another world. It really did feel magical to me. I mean, there are opera singers floating down the canals and aqua-colored water and delicious food everywhere… if that doesn’t scream magical I don’t know what does!