We’d really love to take a trip to France one of these years while we’re living in Europe. Papa Bear and I love wine so we’ll for sure visit Bordeaux and probably Burgundy but we’ll also likely make our way to Paris. Paris seems like a great place to visit for couples but it is also the home of Disneyland Paris, so it’s a great place to visit with kids of all ages too! Goldilocks loved her trip to Disney World and I can’t wait to take Baby Bear too. So in dreaming about our trip to Disneyland Paris I thought I’d compile a list of helpful tips for making the best of your stay!
Paris is a playground for adults. It’s the city of love and everyone posts sweet photos sipping wine and eating oozy cheeses in front of the Eiffel Tower. But what about your kids? How will you keep them busy while you’re enjoying the city of romance? Have no fear! Paris is filled with great activities for children, ranging from museums to parks to fun classes.
I was so excited to be offered the opportunity to review the children’s book “Ava’s Adventures Abroad: Abu Dhabi.” Goldilocks doesn’t really have any books about kids who travel the world like she does so I was excited to read this book to her.
We are very blessed that Papa Bear receives German and American holidays off of work. So we took full advantage of two three-day-weekends in a row in the last two weeks! For Columbus Day weekend we made our first flight out of Germany and headed to Brussels, Belgium. I have wanted to go to Brussels since this last summer when I found out about the Harry Potter Exhibit taking place there! It ends in November, so the clock was really ticking to travel there. Luckily we were able to fit in the trip and found that we really love Brussels!
To celebrate the start of the fall season we decided to go fruit picking in Potsdam! It was really meant to be a pumpkin picking trip, but it turned out that they didn’t have a pumpkin patch. Oh well, it was still a great little family getaway before the weather turned dreary. The you-pick-it farm we went to was called “Hofladen” and it was super fun!
Remember when I reviewed and did a giveaway for the awesome book “Knocked Up Abroad?” (If you don’t check it out here!) Well Lisa Ferland, the author, has some awesome news to share! She has written a new book, “Knocked Up Abroad Again!” This book will be another great resource for parents who will be pregnant, laboring or parenting abroad. And you can be a part of the book’s launch on Kickstarter!
I have to admit I was a bit wary about conquering public transit in another country, in another language that I don’t speak, with a child and one on the way. It seemed like a daunting task, especially as I pondered the thought of it before we moved here. However, now that we’ve been living here for 6 full weeks, I have learned the ins and outs of traveling via trains and busses with a toddler. I hope the following tips help you as you try out public transit in Berlin with kids.
You may remember that our pregnancy announcement photo was taken in front of Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom! It was a great day but it was super hot so I’m going to tell you which rides you can enjoy to beat the heat and stay healthy if visiting Disney while pregnant.
Germany is all about order. Everything is “in ordnung.” Transportation is on time (or early!), pedestrians never jaywalk and signs indicate how everything is done. I had been warned about how children and even dogs should behave in public and was nervous about how this would actually play out with a toddler. Even Papa Bear told me that children are beloved in Germany but often they are meant to be seen but not heard, especially in places where adults are more likely to be carrying on business or conversation. Places like restaurants and museums.
We’ve been in Berlin for 4 days now and I can’t believe how quickly it has begun to feel like home. I think the biggest reason for that is that we were able to move straight into our new home, which I will feature in a blog post soon! We really do love it here. I already love the community we’re a part of, with other Embassy families all around us and showing up at my door with food and friendship. I love the view from my back windows and being able to walk to the Grunewald (a VERY large park) within a matter of minutes. But there’s also a lot to get used to about the culture here in Berlin. Here’s a snapshot of my first impressions of this great city of Berlin.