Of all the things we had planned for this trip, I was most excited about going to a luau. My mother-in-law did all kinds of research on which would be best, and ended up choosing Old Lahaina Luau. It was absolutely amazing! Like, top notch experience. Before we left the resort that evening, we saw our first Maui rainbow…realizing now that had to be a good sign. (Keep reading to see!)
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The second morning of our stay in Hawaii, we were picked up at 2:15am and driven up to the top of Haleakala to watch the sunrise. Haleakala is the largest dormant (inactive) volcano in the world and draws 400 to 600 visitors each morning. One of the biggest tourist activities on Maui is to go up and watch this sunrise, then take a guided bike tour down. So, that’s what we did!
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I get it now. I totally understand why people love Hawaii so much. Before, I thought of it as a “Sure, maybe someday” type of place on a travel list. No hurry to visit. Well, every year our family takes a big beach trip and in the past, we’ve gone to Destin, FL and Gulf Shores, AL. When my mother-in-law asked if we’d all be interested in going to Hawaii this year, we said, “Um, YES!?” After this trip, I’m daydreaming about us moving to Hawaii someday.
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Shortly before our trip to Europe, the folks at Baby Can Travel asked me if I’d be interested in one of their travel guides for review. Lucky for me, they have guides on both London and Paris – perfect! Let me start by saying I was pretty excited when I first discovered Baby Can Travel. I was searching high and low for tips on traveling with a baby and found a couple of their blog posts, as well as their Pinterest page, full of resources. Turns out they’re a couple who, like Steve and I, told themselves they wouldn’t stop traveling once they had a baby. So, hooray for traveling with babies!
Baby Can Travel has guides for a few different cities, each with tips and tricks on traveling with a baby, as well as info on the specific destination. My first thought when reading through the ones on London and Paris – Wow, these are thorough! Any question or concern you may have about traveling with a tot is covered in these guides. From pointers on what to pack, to dealing with jet lag, hotel vs. apartment stay, and of course, baby friendly attractions – it’s all there.
Because we’d already done a little traveling with Adeline before, and I had already done so much research and planning for this trip prior to reading these guides, we were pretty much already set. However, if you’re in the early planning stages of taking a big family trip, these guides could be a BIG help – especially if it’s your first time traveling with a baby. That being said, you can find their travel guides here. Thanks a bunch to Baby Can Travel!
Our final day in Paris was a nice and calm one. Towards the end of our trip, I became increasingly more tired with each day. We had seen and done so much with our time in both cities! I knew that if I was feeling that way, Adeline must’ve been experiencing it about three times as much. She’s only one, after all!
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Our Saturday morning in Paris, we went to the Marché Président Wilson. Or, easier for some of us to say, the President Wilson Market. ; )
This open-air market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays and found on Ave du Président Wilson (hence the name). I was seriously blown away by this place and so impressed. You’ll find an incredible selection of food – QUALITY food, and many different types – fish, meats, cheese, pasta, bread, sweets! Shall I even continue? Because they also have FLOWERS!
This is the type of activity I love doing in a city like Paris – really taking in a local experience. I would highly recommend a trip to this market to just about anyone. Keep reading for a whopper of a post!
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On our second day in Paris, we explored an area we’d never been before. The Montmartre neighborhood is considered very “old Paris” and was home to many of the great writers and artists way back when – think Hemingway, Picasso, and van Gogh, among others. It sits on a hill in the 18th arrondissement of Paris and features the Sacre-Coeur Basilica at the very top. I was so excited to see it all!
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