It was quite a trip - filled with beautiful places, good company and good food. We drove from Wiesbaden, stopped in Munich for dinner, then went on to Salzburg, Austria for two days. Then headed to Venice for an afternoon on our way to San Gimignano, Tuscany for three days. After Tuscany we departed for Cinque Terre, stopping in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower on the way. After three days in Cinque Terre we drove north and spent our final three days on Lake Como in the town of Bellagio. On Monday we left Lake Como and drove through Switzerland on our way back home to Wiesbaden.
The trip came with challenges - being a tourist with a baby is not an easy task. There was a lot that I couldn't do or that was difficult for me to do with her and there were some moments where I had to throw in the towel and just go back to the hotel room for some quiet time. We did well overall though - didn't forget anything major, the travel crib that I carefully picked out worked great and fit in every tiny European hotel room just fine, all our stuff (which doubled with Emma) fit in the car, we didn't get too lost ever, meltdowns among all were limited, and no major incidents to report.
Overall it will be a trip to remember and one that we'll call upon when Emma is grown and wanting us to fund a trip to Italy - we'll point to the pictures and say "but you've already been there! doesn't Florida sound like fun instead?" ;)
I've uploaded all my photos, but still have to sort through them, so more to come! Here's some cuteness to tide you over though.