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On their Spring trip to Belgium and France, Alicia, her husband and son, Charlie, found the most pleasure in walking without a plan or destination. They knew they might not hit as many attractions with a child in tow, but they relaxed and enjoyed the things they did see and experience.
The location where the photo was taken:
This picture of my husband and our 2 year old son was taken in Bruges, Belgium during a family vacation to France and Belgium in April 2008.
Your favorite baby or child-friendly activity there:
Our son's favorite things to do in Europe were chasing pigeons and riding trains, but we also all enjoyed wandering aimlessly through beautiful parks and gardens, of which there is no shortage.
Your best tip or words of wisdom for traveling with kids:
My best travel tips are stickers and lollipops for the plane and to have reasonable expectations for what you'll be able to see and do in a day. Just my husband and I would have squeezed much more into each day, but it was nice to take it slow and not feel like we were rushing around trying to see everything.
Your favorite way to make it feel like home:
While we were in Belgium it was easy to make it feel like home since we stayed with my husband's very gracious aunt and uncle, who fed us, babysat for us, and showed us the sights. In Paris we chose to rent an apartment instead of staying in a hotel, which made sleeping and eating so much more comfortable. It really didn't cost a whole lot more and we felt like we made up for it by shopping at all the amazing markets and then cooking some meals rather than eating out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
An item you MUST take with you when traveling:
Our must-haves for traveling are definitely the Ergo carrier and The First Years On the Go Booster Seat. Both take up virtually no space in your luggage and are lightweight to carry when not using. Our son took frequent naps in the Ergo and since no restaurants had highchairs, we used the booster seat everyday!