European Getaway Chronicles – Prague, Czech Republic!

We flew into Prague with a weather forecast of solid rain for our entire time there. However, the weatherman was clearly telling tall tales, as apart from the first evening, it was absolutely stunningly beautiful. What amazing weather luck we’ve had on this trip!

Our Prague apartment was located right in the heart of Old Town, amidst cobblestone streets and stunning architecture. I mean, look at the view from the apartment!


We headed out for our first meal in Prague, at a restaurant renowned for it’s traditional Czech tasting menu. We were blown away by the meal…one of our best in Europe (and that’s saying something!). Five courses of delicious perfection.

The next morning, we immediately headed out to Old Town Square and were blown away by the beauty, and the overall vibe of this part of Prague. It was such a pleasant place to wander and explore.

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We then headed to the famous Charles Bridge, which is lined with absolutely stunning sculptures and statues, each one different than the last. And of course, swans everywhere again. What is it with Europe and the majestic swans?! Love it. In any case, I can see why this bridge draws such crowds…absolutely beautiful.

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Once we crossed the bridge, we headed up the steps to the castle…it was one epic climb. But luckily, they sold fresh squeezed strawberry or pineapple juice at the base of the steps…great climbing fuel! Prague was much warmer than some of our other destinations thus far, so needless to say, we were struggle city by the time we reached the top. Haha.


But wow, was it worth it! The castle was stunning, particularly the unbelievably breathtaking cathedral. Unlike most of the cathedrals we’d visited thus far, this one was free to enter, and was well worth the trip.

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That night, we headed out for a night at the opera. One of my favourite operas, ‘Carmen’, was playing at the Prague State Opera, and we leapt at the chance to attend. We ended up with some of the best seats in the house, and were delighted to find that there were even English subtitles provided in addition to Czech (the opera is in French). We weren’t allowed to take any photos in the theatre, but what an experience!

The next morning we headed out for some wandering and shopping. The shopping here was SO much fun, as it was all so cheap! The Czech Republic is known for it’s beautiful toys, and we had to restrain ourselves from buying everything in sight for the girls. The one thing I did manage to avoid was the marionette dolls that are so famous here…they are just too creepy for my taste! Haha.

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Also, if you are every looking for a massive selection of alcohol in one place, look no further 😉


Then, we made an absolutely delightful discovery…the annual Prague Easter Festival was on for the entirety of our stay! It was all day, and offered folk music, massive amounts of traditional Czech street food, and plenty of shopping. It was entirely free, and was such a fabulous way to bring locals and tourists together in celebration of the holiday. We, of course, went nuts for the food, and spent the afternoon gorging ourselves, checking out all the shops, and listening to the music. SUCH a fun day!

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It was our last evening in Prague, so I decided to commemorate by climbing the Old Town Square tower to get a view of the city from above. I couldn’t talk Brett into coming with me, so off I went! It was literally the tiniest area EVER to walk around the top, but was well worth it!

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While we were a bit devastated that this trip was over, we were thankful for the opportunity to spend time together in such beautiful places, and were very much looking forward to seeing the girls and our home again.

What a FABULOUS holiday. Looking forward to next time! J




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European Getaway Chronicles – Venice, Italy!

Oh, Italy, despite your inherantly chaotic and disorganised nature, you will always have my heart.

We decided to take the train from Switzerland to Venice, since it was such a gorgeous trip through the Alps. We had Swiss rail passes all sorted, and thought the trip would be a breeze…unfortunately we forgot to take into account the fact that we were traveling on Good Friday and should have booked our tickets WELL in advance. We rocked up the day before to buy them and everything…EVERYTHING was completely sold out. Just when we thought we weren’t even going to be able to get there, they managed to find us a way, involving many MANY small trips on small trains, and adding an extra four hours to our journey. At that point, we were taking whatever we could get! We decided to treat it as an adventure, and off we went 🙂

The funny part about taking trains into Italy, is that there is a ridiculously noticeable difference pretty much as soon as you cross the border. Everything gets a little bit dirtier, louder, and more disorganised. But also infinitely charming, and just so ITALIAN. Love it!

We finally arrived in Venice, and arrived at our apartment in the heart of San Marco. SUCH a cute place to stay!


For our first day, we headed immediately out to San Marco Square to check it all out. Despite the UNBELIEVABLE crowds, we were blown away by the architecture. What a beautiful place!

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That afternoon, we headed to Rialto for the fresh food markets. We weren’t incredibly impressed with the restaurant food in Venice, so we decided to take matters into our own hands. The markets were absolute chaos, but so much fun. We came home armed with a massive amount of cured meats, aged cheeses, produce, bread, olives, and even alcohol…YUMMO!

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We finished up the afternoon with the one thing you MUST do in Venice…a ride in a gondola! It was ridiculously expensive, and the single MOST touristy thing one can ever do in Italy, but it was FABULOUS. Seriously, I don’t know if I’ve ever been more relaxed then when we were floating along in the ‘backstreet’ canals of Venice. I could have stayed there all day! Loved loved it.

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And finally, that night, we headed out for a wander and a truly Venetian meal of street food! We had our best meal (hands down!) at a street vendor that sold lightly breaded and fried seafood and vegetables with polenta. YUM AND A HALF.

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The next day, we headed out to see a few of the islands…Murano and Burano in particular. Murano was known for its glass making, so we spent our time exploring all of the AMAZING glass stores and picking out a few things to take home (including some tiny glass piggies for the girls!). Honestly, if you want something made out of glass, you can certainly find it in Murano…I couldn’t believe how beautiful it all was!

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And Burano is known for its lace making and beautiful colourful buildings. They looked like little Easter eggs all in a row. I LOVED this island!

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Our last day was a bit rainy, so we decided to have a quiet day shopping and heading out for a leisurely lunch. We decided to go to a place way in the outskirts of Venice, and were SO happy we did. Away from the overwhelming crowds, we could finally appreciate Venice for the beautiful city it is. We even stopped at a local grocery store, where they didn’t speak English…love that! We kept the camera put away for the most part, but did take one ‘quiet Venice’ pic, just so we could remember the beauty.


It’s definitely not our absolute favourite Italian city, but we had a wonderful time in Venice!


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European Getaway Chronicles – Luzern, Switzerland!

Switzerland…words cannot express how much we loved this country. The scenery, the people, the food…we were in love!

We flew in to Zurich and immediately caught a train over to our ‘base camp’, Luzern. Luzern is a smaller city adjacent to a massive lake up in the mountains, and is quite central to most places in Switzerland. We headed straight to our apartment and were supremely delighted to find that not only was the apartment adorable (and massive!), but was also located in a square and building that was one of Luzern’s landmarks. It was built in 1529, and Luzern’s oldest wall was right at the base of the building. I took great pleasure in waving at tourists from the window whilst they were taking photos of the building throughout our stay. Haha.

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Unfortunately, this also meant that there were four flights of steps to GET to the apartment…poor Brett was not to thrilled after being traumatised by our stay in Positano, Italy a few years back (where we had 264 steps to climb every time we wanted to get to our front door). Ha!


We headed straight out to the lake and immediately fell head over heels in love with Luzern. Not only was the city absolutely gorgeous, but the lake was just beyond magnificent…crystal clear waters, snow-capped mountain surrounds, and best of all, filled with majestic SWANS gracefully swimming around. I mean, really?! PERFECTION.

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The next day was spent wandering the cobblestone streets checking out local shops, exploring landmarks, and eating delicious Swiss pastries and goodies. It was such a gorgeous day that we decided to head out in the afternoon for a ferry cruise around the lake. It was absolutely mind-blowingly gorgeous. We found ourselves putting the camera down and just taking it all in as much as possible. I don’t know if we’ll ever find another part of the world more breathtaking than this beautiful country. It was also absolutely FREEZING, so on the way back, we decided to take in the view from inside the boat, armed with a delicious hot chocolate 😉

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The next morning we headed off bright and early for a trip to the Jungfrau region. We decided on Grindewald as our destination for the day…a teeny tiny village nestled way up in the mountains. This part of Switzerland is rumoured to be the most gorgeous, and it did not disappoint. I mean, LOOK AT THIS.


Bah! When we finally stopped flipping out about the scenery (which took quite some time), we realised we were starving and headed off to a good local restaurant for some Swiss food and beer. We both ordered sausage, sour kraut, and rosti…as Swiss as it gets. It felt like a brick in your stomach when you were through, but was straight up gloriously delicious.


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After lunch we went to explore and marvel some more. To my complete and utter delight, we stumbled upon a herd of cattle coming down the main village street! It pretty much made my whole life.


After a bit more wandering, and trying desperately to capture this majestic beauty in the camera (which turned out to be impossible), we boarded the train for a stunning trip back to Luzern. One of the most beautiful trips I’ve ever been on, hands down.

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Our last day in Luzern was a bit low-key. We did a bit of shopping, a bit of exploring, ate a GLORIOUS lunch at a locally renowned Swiss restaurant (which was completely adorable), and chilled in the apartment. What a fabulous fabulous Switzerland visit. I’m already looking forward to next time 🙂


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Next stop, Italy!! 🙂

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European Getaway Chronicles – London!

That’s right folks…we’re baaaack!

And for the first time in ‘Where In the World is Erin’ history, we are traveling CHILD-FREE. Our lucky little girls (Delilah, 4, and Camille, 2) are spending three weeks being spoiled by their grandparents in Sydney while Brett and I visit the following places – London (where I am teaching three newborn posing workshops); Luzern, Switzerland; Venice, Italy; and Prague, Czech Republic. Apart from London, all places we have always wanted to go and not yet had the chance to visit. So excited!

After a supremely ridiculously long trip (took the girls to Sydney, then came back west to Abu Dhabi, and then up to London…about 40 hours all up), we FINALLY made it to London. We’d been awake for two days and arrived at the crack of dawn on a Monday morning. And as any good traveller knows, the key to avoiding jet lag is to STAY AWAKE that whole first day, no matter how torturous it might be. And boy, was it tortuous. We were like walking zombies.

Since we respond best to food motivation, we decided to shower and immediately head out in the drizzle for a meal at an absolutely fabulous Chelsea restaurant called Medlar. The meal was just what we needed…beautifully delicious British cooking that hit the spot after a very long few days of plane food. Since we were so tired, we didn’t take any pictures with the big camera that first day, but did manage to snap this iPhone pic of our exhausted faces shortly after lunch.


Thrilled to be here at last!

The next day , armed with a full night’s sleep, we headed out to Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens. I studied abroad in London ten years ago and called South Kensington my home for one term…it was so great to be back in my old stomping grounds once again! It was a gloriously beautiful morning, and we spent it touring the palace and wandering through the gardens and High Street, Kensington.

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For lunch, we had a special surprise. By sheer dumb luck (and most likely due to a very last-minute cancellation), I managed to snag a reservation at Gordon Ramsay’s Chelsea restaurant.   Since this is no easy task (the next available reservation for lunch or dinner was two months from now!), we decided to go ALL OUT and order his seven course degustation menu. I can honestly say that this was one of the better life decisions either of us have ever made. Hands down, the BEST (and probably most expensive) meal I have ever and will ever eat. Perfect doesn’t even begin to describe it. It was glorious, and one of the highlights of our trip. Yay, food! J

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That afternoon, we headed out to the famous Harrod’s department store to check it all out. In typical Harrod’s fashion, it was completely over the top, insanely high-priced, and altogether fabulous. The absolute highlight of the entire store is the toy department (or world, as they call it). Honestly anything you could ever in a million years imagine as a child is sold at Harrod’s toy department. Want a toy range rover that goes 30km/hr? You can buy one at Harrod’s for 40,000 GBP. How about a stunning replica of Belle’s dress in Beauty and the Beast? A bargain at only 350 GBP! Futuristic remote control airplanes? Strange and enormous lego sets? The list goes on.


And then…gloriousness. Perhaps the single greatest discovery I have ever made at a store was made in Harrod’s this fateful day. That’s right, this is what you think it is…I found Dumbledore’s wand. DUMBLEDORE’S WAND. I about died!! And wanted it immediately. But since I did not have a fortune to pay for it, I had to settle for this photo (which mortified Brett so much that it took some convincing for him even to take it…haha). Fabulous!


The next morning, we were off to the Tower of London. Now despite the fact that I had visited London in high school, and lived there for months in college, I had never once visited the Tower of London. And in a way, I’m quite glad this was my first time! I would have had very little interest in the history back then. But Brett and I were massive fans of the TV series ‘The Tudors’ (the story of King Henry VIII and his many wives) a few years ago, and it was nothing short of thrilling seeing all of the places that these people lived and died. We stood right at the spot where Anne Boelyn was beheaded, strolled through the royal living quarters, and even checked out King Henry’s armour. We also marvelled at the crown jewels (the main attraction for the Tower of London) as they are clearly some of the most amazing works of royal art anywhere in the world.

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That afternoon, we wandered over to St. Paul’s cathedral, but elected to admire the outside, rather than paying the absolute fortune they charge you to go in! It is clearly an incredibly impressive building.

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The next morning, we headed out for a full day of wandering. We started with Big Ben and Westminster Abbey in the morning. What a stunningly gorgeous place this is! In the distance, we could see the London Eye, which despite my repeated requests, Brett would not go anywhere near (he is terrified of heights). Someday, I’ll get there!

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We found ourselves with *just* enough time to walk over to see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, so we headed through the stunningly beautiful Hyde Park to get there. The flowers were in bloom and the entire park smelled just heavenly. As we grew closer to the palace, it became clear that there was just no way we were getting anywhere near that palace gate. It was absolutely packed!! It’s only April now, so I cringe to think of what it might be like in the summer at the height of travel season. It must be chaos! In any case, we snuck around the side and enjoyed the view (and music!) from afar. The flag was up, which told us the Queen was in, and likely finishing up her three day ‘work week’. Clearly she lives a rough life 😉

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After this, we were off to lunch at Heston Blumenthal (our culinary idol)’s Hyde Park restaurant. For some reason, we were given one of the best tables in the house, with a panoramic view of Hyde Park on one side, and the entire glass walled kitchen on the other. As Brett is a very talented cook, he loved being able to peek into the kitchen and see them work their magic. In typical Heston style, we ate all manner of strange things, such as frog legs porridge, spiced pigeon, and pineapple tipsy cake…all of which was AMAZING. Perfect last London meal.

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Armed with full stomachs, we strolled over to one of my favourite London spots, Trafalgar Square. We briefly visited the National Gallery, but then decided to end our London visit by just chillaxing in the beautiful sunshine and admiring the views from the square. A perfect finish to a fabulous four days.

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Next stop, Switzerland!

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Roatan, Honduras | Week 1

That’s right, folks…Erin is back on the road!  This time, along with Brett, and Delilah (17 months), we also brought my 12-year-old step son, Alek.  What a crowd!  We are headed to Roatan, Honduras for two weeks, followed by five weeks in the USA (four weeks in Wisconsin and one in Seattle/California).

Now if everyone thought I was a bit nuts for bringing a 7-month-old to Europe for six weeks last year, they thought I was flat out ready for the looney bin when they heard I was carting a (very rambunctious) toddler to three different continents over a seven week period.  And I gotta say…they were partly right.  The flight was NOT fun.  Scratch that, the flight was absolute TORTURE.  Particularly the long flight, in which she was squirming, screaming, running into the aisles, and AWAKE for 12 of the 14 hours.  I was seriously losing it on more than one occasion.  All I can say is, thank goodness for a husband with infinitely more patience than myself!

After about 40 hours of flying, an overnight stay in a hotel in Atlanta (at which Delilah woke up for the day at midnight), and a whole lot of tantrums, we finally arrived in Roatan.  Mom and Dad met us there and took us straight over to their holiday house on the water.  I hadn’t been here before and about died when we walked in the door and saw this:

SERIOUSLY???  Then I actually walked out on the balcony to discover that this was our panoramic view:

A-maz-ing.  The best part of the house though is the colour.  It’s bright pink with lime green trim…so very tropical.  So it’s only fitting that Mom and Dad have named the house ‘The Pink Orchid’.  I love it!  I haven’t taken very many photos of the outside yet, but here’s one we took from a kayak on our second day here:

You’ll have to excuse the poor quality of many of the photos on here…while I brought the big camera, it’s just not practical in most beachy situations, so we have been using the little camera 99% of the time!

The first thing we did was run straight down to the dock and jump in for a snorkel.  We’d heard that there was good snorkeling just 20 meters from the dock, and we couldn’t wait to check it out.

And we were absolutely AMAZED at all of the gorgeous coral and seal life we found within a 20 meter square radius of the dock.  This is truly a snorkeling and diving heaven here in Roatan.  Here’s some shots we got using our underwater camera…love that thing!

The next morning we got up and set out for lunch at The Hole in the Wall.  The Hole in the Wall is a famous restaurant here in Roatan.  It really is a big hole in the wall…just a shack on stilts over the water that you need to take a boat to get to.  It’s very charming, despite the dilapidated appearance.  Only open on Sundays for lunch, it serves the most delicious all-you-can-eat lobster and steak.  Mom and Dad never miss a Sunday at Hole in the Wall, so this one was no exception.

Here we are on the boat:

It was Delilah’s first boat ride and she LOVED it!

Coming up to The Hole in the Wall:

Yum yum!

And since they encourage writing on the walls, we we decided to leave our mark 🙂

We spend most afternoons just hanging around on the balcony soaking up the sun and the views.  It is just glorious and hard to even look away from the gorgeous view for even a second!  We love the lounge chairs, eat our breakfast on the outdoor bar table and chairs, and even sit out there to check our email.  It’s such an amazing spot!

And Dad enjoying some coconut milk, picked fresh from one of their trees:

A few days later, we decided to head out to the reef for some hard core snorkeling.  The reef is literally 300 meters from the dock and stretches for as far as the eye can see in either direction.  We had planned on swimming it, but at the last second we managed to flag down some fisherman who took us out to the reef, gave us an hour-long personal snorkeling tour, and brought us back home all for $20.

The reef here in Roatan is the second largest coral reef in the world (after the Great Barrier Reef) and is every bit as gorgeous as we had hoped.  We saw the most massive underwater cliffs, GORGEOUS colours, huge tropical fish, and even a sea turtle!  My favourite part was swimming along the wall of the dropoff…so much marine life was just bursting from the sides of the reef.  Stunning.  We can’t wait to go again!  Here are some of our favourite shots:

Brain coral!

Sea turtle!

Amazing, right??  I was snorkeling around with the biggest dumbest smile on my face the entire time.  I am ECSTATICALLY excited about going diving this coming week.  WOOHOO!!

The next day we headed to the local markets for some quick shopping.  The markets were small, but quaint.  And we even stopped off in the cruise terminal for some lobster burritos for lunch.  Don’t mind my un-makeuped face…it’s silly to bother even trying to put on makeup when we spend so much time in the water!

Street in Coxen Hole:

Tired Delilah and Mummy hanging out at the markets:

And all of us in front of the cruise terminal:

Other than that, we’ve mostly just been relaxing and swimming.  Like clockwork, we go out every evening for a swim just before sunset.  It’s so gorgeous being out there floating around while the sun starts to creep towards the horizon.

And the one of us who loves it the most by FAR is Delilah.  I swear, this girl is half fish.  She could swim all day long and still be begging for more!  She kicks around next to the dock having a grand old time while we either float or snorkel around her.  What a cutie pie 🙂

Here she is kicking out into the sunset, determined to swim off by herself (LOL):

And getting her nightly ‘bath’ in the outdoor shower:

And just before the sun sets, we all run up to the balcony to enjoy the last fleeting moments of sunlight.  The sun sets literally DIRECTLY in front of our balcony.  It’s like having front row seats to heaven!  Every night is better than the last…we couldn’t ask for more.

Here’s one of my favourites (and one of the only shots in this blog post taken with the big camera!):

The internet isn’t the best here, but I’ll try to get at least one more blog post out from Roatan.  We are having the time of our lives!


Erin, Brett, Alek, and Delilah

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European Chronicles | Au Revoir, Europe! :(

We ended our epic European adventure with a day and a half in Paris…and what an interesting 36 hours it turned out to be!

We knew things were going to get sketchy when mom stepped off the plane with not one, not two, but THREE huge suitcases that she was supposed to be carrying herself on multiple forms of public transport to get to our Latin Quarter apartment.  Lets just say, it wasn’t pretty.  (Actually, witnessing it first hand was one of the most hilarious things that Caitlin and I have ever seen, but out of respect for mom, I won’t say that out loud.  Haha).

Anyway, we got onto one of the trains while it was still relatively empty, but it was soon quite literally packed to the gills with commuters.  Honestly, I used to take the train every day to Sydney University during rush hour and that was nothing compared to this.  We were quite literally on top of each other.  A pickpocket’s dream, one might say.  So as soon as we stepped off the train and arrived at our apartment, what did we discover?  That mom’s wallet (which also contained her passport) had been stolen right out of her purse.  They even closed the zipper again, those sneaky pickpockets!

At this point, it was Friday evening, Mom was due to fly out on Sunday morning, and the US Embassy was closed until Monday.  So not good, in other words.  But in her usual fashion, mom managed to stay in good spirits as we all headed out to have dinner with Ellen and Jean Pierre Fetu, very good friends of Mom and Dad that live in Paris.  It was delightful (Spanish tapas!), but unfortunately Brett and I forgot the camera, so you will all just have to imagine it in your minds.  Haha.

The next morning, mom and dad headed to the police station to file a police report and see if they could somehow manage to get mom on the plane on Monday morning.  Meanwhile, Brett, Caitlin and I headed out to see Paris.  It was particularly dreary and absolutely freezing, but we soldiered on like good little travelers do.  Caitlin wanted to do three things in Paris: visit Notre Dame, have a picnic under the Eiffel Tower, and have her picture painted at Montmatre.  And by George, we were going to smash all three of those things into one day, come hell or high water!

First stop…Notre Dame!

I thought it was very fitting, as Notre Dame had been our first stop upon our arrival in Paris five weeks earlier…now here we were again on the last day of our trip!  Except this time, we went inside as well.  And boy, was it magnificent.

We even got to peek in at a meeting of the treasury, which was absolutely filled with men in long white robes.  No idea what they were talking about, but it looked important!  Caitlin very much wanted to go up to the bell tower, but we were running short on time and were due to meet Mom and Dad at the Eiffel Tower soon.  So we made a plan to come back after the Eiffel Tower for some bell tower action.

After that, it was onward to the Eiffel Tower!  But not before a funny little pic in the train.  Delilah was quite the little train lover by this point.  She always made sure to squeal and giggle just loud enough so that all eyes in the train car were on her.  She loves the spotlight, that girl 😉

As we stepped off the train and found some takeaway lunch, we were completely dismayed to feel raindrops on our heads.  How could we have a picnic in the rain??  Luckily, it only sprinkled a bit and then just looked threatening for a while.  We found mom and dad and spread out on the (very cold) grass for our lunch.  Even Delilah had a little banana snack (which she insisted on doing while standing so that she could see as much as possible) 🙂

We got some great pics of all of us from the south end of the tower…just in the nick of time too.  Not ten seconds after we left, an enormous bike tour of about 150 people came in and piled all of their bikes up on the fence for a group picture.

And the fam 🙂

After that, it was off to Notre Dame (thankfully on a very warm metro!) to see the Notre Dame bell tower.  Delilah needed a break from the wrap by that point, so Mom and I decided to hang in a cafe for a bit while Brett went for a walk and Dad and Caitlin went up the tower.  It was absolutely FREEZING and raining by that point…what a strange summer day in Paris!

We then headed off to Montmatre in search of the artists and the famous Sacre Coeur.  We decided to forgo the famous steps to get up to the top of Sacre Coeur (we had been out and about for around 7 hours by that point), and instead opted for the little tram thing that goes up the hill.  Good decision!  Sacre Coeur was, of course, gorgeous.

And it offered an absolutely amazing view of the whole of Paris.  Notre Dame looked like a teeny tiny dot on the horizon, even though we’d just been there a few minutes before!

As you can see from the above photo, Delilah was exhausted by this point (she’d been in that wrap for almost nine hours straight!) so Brett and I decided to call it a day and head back to the apartment while Mom, Dad, and Caitlin went in search of the artists (which they found and Caitlin had an awesome portrait done).

Before we left, we got one last family photo in Europe 😦 😦 😦

The next morning, with a police report, a copy of her passport, an airport security escort, and permission from the head of Air France, mom somehow weasled her way onto her flight back to the States.  When she arrived in Detroit, they told her they’d never heard of anyone being able to do that before.  Leave it to Pam, I tell you 😉

Brett, Delilah, and I left that evening and were so sad to say goodbye.  Our only comfort was knowing that we had had an absolute AMAZING adventure over the last five weeks.  We were a bit unsure of how things were going to go on this trip with a squirmy little baby, but we can honestly say that we had the time of our lives and would do it all over again in the blink of an eye.  And just because I promised, here is a pic of the fabulous globe I found in Florence (that Brett wouldn’t let me open till we got home).  I think it’s such a neat little symbol of my absolute LOVE for travel.  Maybe someday I’ll get to every corner of this baby 😉

We were so happy to share our trip with you all, and hope you enjoyed reading about it.  Our next family trip is tentatively planned for April of next year (Roatan, Honduras and maybe the great State of Wisconsin as well).  See you all then!  🙂

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The Weird and Wonderful World of Woven Wraps

Since I had a ton of emails (and Facebook messages and phone calls, etc) asking me about the wraps in my travel pictures, I thought I might do a little post dedicated to the weird and wonderful world of woven wraps so I can have all of the info in one place  🙂

There are two different kinds of wraps: woven and stretchy.  Stretchy wraps (the most common brand is called a Moby wrap) are really great for the newborn stage because they are easy to use for a beginner and can be tied securely before you put the baby in.  They’re also very cuddly and soft and mold right to teeny newborn bodies.  Since I stupidly neglected to take any wrapping pics at the time, here is a random pic of the exact same Moby wrap that I had when Delilah was a newborn:

There are two downsides to stretchy wraps, however.  One is that they are RIDICULOUSLY hot.  However much I loved it, I could only really wear it in the air conditioning because I felt like I was going to die of heat stroke once I stepped out into the Aussie summer sun!  The other downside is that because of their stretchiness, they only last until baby is around 12ish pounds.  Once baby gets to be heavier than that, the Moby sags too much and isn’t supportive enough, which can be very uncomfortable for the wearer and the wearee.

Since Delilah was a beast baby and was way too heavy for the Moby by the time she hit 2.5 months old, I started searching for something that would work better.  I tried out several other carriers (Beco Butterfly, Pikkolo, Babyhawk Mei Tai, Ring Slings) and then one day, I stumbled upon woven wraps and it was love at first sight.  Well actually that’s not quite completely true.  Woven wraps have a bit of a learning curve and take more than a few tries to get the hang of…but once I started working it out, I knew I found the perfect babywearing fit for us.

We now use the woven wraps every time we go out, as well as around the house every day when I need to get things done.  In fact, my house is almost always spotless because she likes being in the wrap while I do dishes, cook, vacuum, do laundry, make the bed, etc.  I don’t know what I would do without them!  I must admit, when we were planning out our trip to Europe, five weeks without a stroller (when I knew we’d be out and about for hours a day) was a bit daunting.  But I can honestly say that I am SO GLAD we didn’t bring one.  When all the other parents were struggling with strollers on cobblestone streets or massive train station staircases, we just breezed right by.  There were some days that I wore all 21 pounds of Delilah for nine hours straight and it was comfy as can be.  It was brilliant!

Now the details.  Woven wraps are extremely strong (because of the way they are woven) and much cooler than stretchy wraps.  They can be worn from the day baby is born until they are well into toddlerhood (although some fabric blends are more supportive than others for heavy toddlers).  They come in many different sizes, lengths, and fabric blends, all of which can be very confusing!  They can also be worn dozens and dozens of different ways (called ‘carries’) so it’s a bit overwhelming at first.  Hopefully I can clear up some of that confusion in this post 🙂


When looking for woven wraps, you will notice they come in many different sizes ranging from size 2 (2.7 meters) all the way up to size 7 (5.1 meters).  The sizes usually work out like this:

size 2 –  2.7 meters

size 3 –  3.1 meters

size 4 –  3.6 meters

size 5 –  4.1 meters

size 6 –  4.6 meters

size 7 –  5.1 meters

Why all these different sizes you ask?  While the size of the wearer is a factor in choosing a wrap size, it has more to do with what carries you are looking to do.  If you are beginner, you want a wrap size that will allow you to do a lot of different carries so that you can test them out and find your favorites.  For most average sized people, this is a size 6 wrap.  If you are plus sized, then you would likely want a size 7, and if you are petite, a size 5 would most likely be enough.  The majority of my wraps are size 6, since my favorite carries need that much length.

The shorter wraps can’t be used for quite as many types of carries, but can be more convenient to carry around, since there is less fabric to worry about.  They aren’t great for beginners though, since the carries are more complex and easier to mess up.  I have two 2.7 meter wraps, for example, that can only really be worn one or two ways…but they are very quick and easy to use for around the house when I just want to throw her up on my back for a few minutes to get something done.  If I know I am going to be wearing her for a long time, however, I usually go with a longer wrap, since it allows for several layers of fabric holding her up, and therefore gives me more support.


Woven wraps also come in several different fabric blends and thicknesses.  These are usually 100% cotton, silk/cotton, linen/cotton, wool/cotton, cashmere/cotton, and hemp/cotton.

100% cotton wraps are usually very soft and supportive, depending on how thick the particular wrap is.  My rainbow wrap (Girasol Snow Rainbow) is a thickish 100% cotton wrap and it is one of my absolute favorites.  They’re also super easy to care for, since you can just toss them in the washer and dryer.

Silk/Cotton wraps are not as supportive as other blends and are usually very expensive, however they are very VERY soft.  Perfect newborn wraps, in my opinion.  I have a silk wrap that Delilah is too heavy for now, but it’s so beautiful and soft that I’m saving it for any future newborns that we might be blessed with.  They are a bit harder to care for though, since they need to be hand-washed and hung to dry.

Linen/Cotton wraps are the most supportive wraps, in my opinion.  They are the best for toddlers and heavy babies, and are virtually indestructible.  They are, however, quite scratchy when they are new, so they take some wearing and squishing (I sit on mine at my computer!) before they get softer.  They are also very easy to take care of…just toss in the washer and dryer.  My Didymos Marigold wrap is a special linen/cotton wrap in that it’s woven so that all the linen is on one side (the outside orange color) and all the cotton is on the inside (the goldy yellow color).  This makes it supportive AND soft, which is why I love it so much!

I don’t have any personal experience with the other three blends (yet, anyway!), but I have heard that wool/cotton wraps are very soft and warm for winter, but are much harder to care for (even more so than silk), so not great for throwing around.  Same goes for cashmere/cotton, except they are even softer…so soft that they are very sought after (and very expensive!) newborn wraps.  Hemp/cotton blends are not as common, but are apparently good for toddlers.


As you may have noticed in my pictures, I wear my wraps in several different ways.  My favorite carries are the Double Hammock Back Carry, the Front Cross Carry, the Rucksack Carry, and the Kangaroo Carry.  I learned how to do all of these carries by watching videos on youtube and then practicing a million times.  Back carries can be a little intimidating at first, so I practiced on a bed (or with a spotter) until I felt comfortable that I wouldn’t drop her (and that never happened…even when trying the first few times on a bed).

The Front Cross Carry is probably the easiest one to start with for a beginner, mostly because it’s the one carry that you can tie first before you put the baby in (and then adjust, obviously).  This is what it looks like when wrapped:

It’s our favorite carry for naps, and how Delilah took every nap when we were on our trip!  We also use this one for running errands, since I can pop her in and out very quickly and can keep it tied while I get in and out of the car.  We also use it when she’s super fussy, since she’s right there to cuddle up to or soothe if I need to.  The video I used to learn the Front Cross Carry is here:

The best back carry to start with is a Rucksack Carry.  It’s the easiest and quickest to learn when you are just starting.  It can be used with babies who have good head and neck control (usually around the three month mark and older).  A Rucksack Carry looks like this (sorry, not the greatest pic!):

My favorite video for learning the Rucksack carry is here:

However, as Caitlin will attest to, the most comfortable back carry is the Double Hammock Back Carry.  It’s a bit trickier to learn though, so probably not the best for beginners.  Once you get the Rucksack down pat, you should be good to go for trying this one 😉  And don’t fret if it takes a while…my first ten tries at least were a total fail.  LOL.  It didn’t take too long before I got it, however 😉  It looks like this:

And my favorite video for learning the Double Hammock Back Carry is here:

For my size 4 wraps, my favorite carry is a Kangaroo Carry.  This one is trickier to do on the go, but it’s very comfy and it’s nice to only have to cart around a shorter wrap sometimes.  It looks like this (shown with my Didymos Cobalt Rouge Indio):

Here is a great video for the Kangaroo Carry (she does a very good wrap job) except it’s in German –

And here is one in English, although the wrap job is not quite as neat –

If you have a newborn, you will want to use a Front Wrap Cross Carry to start with.  It’s the best one for teeny babies.  It also works for older babies very well, but Delilah doesn’t like this one as much for some reason!  A good video for the Front Wrap Cross Carry with a newborn is here:

And with an older baby is here:

There are many many more carries out there (check out youtube if you are interested), but these are my favorites!


As for brands, the big names are Didymos, Girasol, BBslen, Natibaby, Vatanai, and Storchenweige.  Here’s my thoughts on each brand:

Didymos – These are the most sought after, and therefor the most expensive.  They sell many different fabric blends, as well as a ton of absolutely gorgeous limited edition wraps.  My Marigold and Cobalt Rouge Didymos wraps are limited editions, and therefor aren’t sold anymore (except second-hand, obviously).

Girasol – Very reasonably priced, very supportive, and all around really nice wraps.  My Snow Rainbow wrap is a Girasol and it’s one of my favorites.  So much that I just ordered another Girasol because they can be thrown around anywhere without worrying about them.

BBslen – These are the best wraps for beginners, in my opinion.  They are nice and wide, extremely supportive, and best of all, they’re cheap!  Great for buying if you aren’t quite sure if you want to invest in an expensive wrap, but are wrapping curious 🙂  All are 100% cotton, however keep in mind that they tend to shrink in the wash a bit, so better to order a bit longer than too short.

Natibaby – I don’t have any of these, but I want to get one if we have another baby because they sell bamboo blend wraps that are apparently the softest things imaginable.  Other than that, I’ve heard good things about Natibaby wraps!

Vatanai – These are the perfect summer wraps.  They are much thinner than other brands, and are super cool on hot days.  Some people don’t find them as comfortable for toddlers or big babies, however, since thinner wraps can sometimes mean they are a bit less supportive.  They are relatively inexpensive as well.  I had one Vatanai and I really liked it, but passed it onto another babywearing mama when winter hit and I wanted something warmer 🙂

Storchenweige – These are super super supportive toddler wraps, but can be very hard to break in.  They are stiff as a board out of the box.  I have one Storch that I put up for sale because I don’t have the strength to break it in!  Those that love Storch’s, REALLY love them though.


Now, where to get them.  Most woven wraps are made in Europe (Germany is a huge producer of wovens), however there are lots of North American online retailers.  The biggest one is probably Piece of Cloth (they sell most brands):

For Didymos in particular, Birdies Room has EVERYTHING Didymos related:

I got my Snow Rainbow Girasol wrap at Pinkletink Baby and had a very good experience with them:

Woven wraps can also be purchased second-hand.  The great thing about doing that is that someone else has already done the breaking in for you!  And they are just as good second-hand as new.  They also hold their value incredibly well…so much so that you can usually sell a wrap for almost as much as you paid for it, as long as it’s not stained or pulled.  The best place to do that is on the For Sale Or Trade forum on  It’s very fast-moving and a bit overwhelming at first, but there are a ton of awesome deals to be had.  You need to register (it’s free) to view it, but it’s totally worth it in my opinion 🙂

Well I think that’s it!  If anyone needs any more info, please let me know.  Also, a great resource for babywearing in general can be found at:

Hope that helps some of you!!  🙂 🙂 🙂

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