Copenhagen, The Final Part

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Let’s wrap up Europe, shall we?  Only 2 months late.

It turned out that there was a national holiday the week we were in Copenhagen, so Jon got an extra day off work and we all enjoyed the extended weekend as a family.  We did a bit of shopping for some souvenirs (Jon picked up some gorgeous salt and pepper shakers, a blanket and Danish print for Adelaide and a whisk for me.  Clearly I live on the edge when it comes to souvenirs).  Denmark is obviously known for their good design, so we enjoyed picking up a few everyday items that will help us remember our trip.

We also took the commuter train to Sweden for an afternoon.  I have no pictures (or passport stamps!!) to prove that we were there.  But we were.

I really wanted to go in Ikea while in Sweden (we did see one).  I mean, what would be a better souvenir than a flat pack sofa straight from the motherland?

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Traveling with a toddler is exhausting and exciting.  I love that traveling with Adelaide means doing things we wouldn’t otherwise do.  We’ll stop to sit in parks and have picnics while she gets some energy out.  Or we have to find local grocery stores to pick up fruit for her.  I was surprised that kiddie foods like yogurt melts and puffs don’t exist in Europe.  We had to start rationing the yogurt melts after we realized that we couldn’t replenish them, because those were a life saver on the flight.

Alright Europe, you were great. Thanks for such great memories!

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Copenhagen, Part 2

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Oh look, more photos of Adelaide running. 

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One of the largest dome cathedrals in Europe.

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Just a few more photos from our walk around Copenhagen.  By the end of the day we’d walked all over the city and were exhausted.

Nothing that a big glass of wine and Danish pastry couldn’t fix, of course.

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Copenhagen, Part 1

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After we left London we took a short flight over to Denmark, where Jon had to work for a couple of days.  It just so happened that my good friend and co-worker, Caroline, was going to be there the same dates.  She was there visiting her cousin, and it worked out perfectly that I could tag along with them while Jon was at work.  Not to mention, Caroline’s cousin speaks Danish, which was a major help.  Everyone we encountered in Copenhagen spoke perfect English, but it was nice to have someone who knew the best shops and sights and could read labels on food for me.  I kept buying sparkling water and just wanted a big bottle of flat water, so it was nice to have her to tell me which bottle to buy.

Side story- we had picked up quite a few bottles of water thinking they were flat and drank all but one of them before we left.  I didn’t want to throw out the last bottle, so I decided to bring it with us on the plane.  You can bring sealed bottles of water with you if you’re traveling with a small child.  So I get to security and the security guard pulls it out and I say, “It’s for the baby!” and she looks at me and says, “This?  For the baby?”  I declare that of course it’s for the baby and she gives me a glare but relents, and sends us on our way.

A few hours later I was sitting on the plane and go to open the bottle of water and FIZZZZ sparkling water goes everywhere.  The security guard must have thought I was either dumb or just had a really fancy baby.

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We trekked over to the waterfront to see the famous Little Mermaid statue.  It was probably about a mile from where we were staying, and many say it underwhelms.  It was a gorgeous day and I’m glad we got over there to see it even though it was kind of small.  There were plenty of parks and green space along the way to sit down and relax for a bit as well.

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These next few were taken in front of the Queen’s Palace.  In Denmark you can just walk right up to the palace.  Cars would also randomly drive through this plaza which was kind of strange.

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Caroline played baby wrangler for a while.  You’ll see a theme here- Adelaide RUNS.  This kid never learned to walk, just run.  Seriously, it’s exhausting.  She hates holding hands.  She’s a pro at wiggling out of your grasp and running away at full speed.

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She became obsessed with this fountain.  All she wanted to do was climb straight in and take a swim.

You’re seeing the theme here, right?

Adelaide is crazy.

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London, The Final Part

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Just a few random photos from around London… Big Ben and the London Eye behind us.  Adelaide wasn’t very impressed, so she slept through it all.

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You would think from this post that Adelaide often naps in her stroller.  But don’t get it wrong.  This is a rare occurrence that just happens to be documented twice in one post.  Basically, she only falls asleep when we’re about to get somewhere interesting and is wide awake for times we wish she’d take a little snooze…

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Oh you know, just listening to the ocean…

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Taking a selfie in Liberty of London.  I was so excited to visit this store.  Basically, my heaven.

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Playing in the trash, as babies do.

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Adelaide was very unimpressed with her first trip on the tube.  We went 2 stops before finding out the train was no longer running due to construction, and were forced to take the bus.  Which ended up being a blessing.  The tube was VERY un-stroller friendly, and buses were surprisingly easy and stroller accessible.  In New York you have to fold up the stroller to take it on the bus, but in London there are no steps, and there’s a place to park the stroller as well.  We ended up taking the bus exclusively after that first tube ride, and I can’t speak highly enough of our experience.  I think the great bus system (and difference between the NY buses and London’s accessibility) was actually the most shocking thing about London.

the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug We sprung for the champagne package of the London Eye.  Basically because you avoid the lines and because everything is better with a little bit of alcohol.  Except when Adelaide is running around trying to spill everyone’s champagne.  Would you believe it if I told you that we were the only ones with a baby that got the champagne package??  Party of 3, please!

London, you were too good to us.  From the changing of the guard to the shops to the amazing bus system, we loved it all.  I’m even willing to overlook you going from bright sunny skies to torrential downpours with no warning.  Until next time, my friend.

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London, Part 3

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Remember that time I had a blog and actually kept it updated?  Ten years later and I’m still posting London pics, but hold tight, there are only 300 left to post.

My birthday fell over our trip to London, and it also happened to be the only day Jon had to work while we were there.  So while he was off earning the dolla dolla bills, Adelaide and I did some more sightseeing.

I stopped back at Westminster Abbey since we had gone on a Sunday (church closed except for services, and we had gotten there too late to attend) and Adelaide had been asleep.  I wanted to get some photos of her outside, and then to go inside and light a prayer candle.  That’s when I realized the line to get inside was around the block and I have a toddler, and well… you do the math. the baloney bug

Seconds after we took this photo with the leaf Adelaide grabbed a cigarette butt and that wasn’t gross at all.  #yesitwas the baloney bug Then we headed to Hyde Park to explore and run around for a bit.  But not without first taking the bus 20 minutes the wrong direction into the ghetto, but hey!  That’s why being a tourist is so fun!

Adelaide’s most favorite game is chasing pigeons (such a city girl) so that’s what we spent most of our time in the park doing.  I’m not sure it was necessary to fly across the pond to chase some pigeons, but it sure made her happy. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug

We ended our day with shopping at Selfridge’s and Regent Street.  Adelaide insisted on slamming this stroller buggie into the wall, pulling it back and repeating.  Over and over.  And then had an epic meltdown when I tried to leave, where I’m sure everyone was talking about how that American woman can’t control her kid. the baloney bug

Overall we had a great day.  I drank a ton of Starbucks as I was constantly popping in to use the wifi and refresh my maps to figure out where the heck I was going.  I checked off a ton of places that I wanted to see and enjoyed quality time with my little lady.

Thank you London, for a lovely birthday.

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London, Part 2

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Our first full day in London we decided to take the Tower of London tour.  Jon had done it while in college, but seeing as this was my first trip (and Adelaide’s!) we thought it was worth visiting.  I’m glad we did because it was one of my favorite parts of the trip.  The tour was really entertaining and I’m glad we decided to do that instead of walking around by ourselves.

I try to let Adelaide out of the stroller or carrier as often as possible, but there were a lot of stairs here, so she had to be contained for the majority of our trip.  I always try to let her run around for a bit and burn some energy before we leave, though.  Kid has enough energy for all of us, so a little play time is essential.

the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug We completed our trip to the Tower of London by stopping at a pub for a pint and fish and chips.  Adelaide was all about the chips, not so much the fish.

Clearly she takes after her mama.

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London, Part 1

the baloney bug Apologies for the radio silence, blog friends.  Since the last time I posted we’ve been to um… 4 different countries.  We took a weekend trip to Toronto (pictures of that to come, sometime).  Then we took a little over a week trip to Europe where we spent a few days in London, a few days in Copenhagen and a very brief day trip across the border into Sweden.

Adelaide is nothing short of an amazing traveler.  She does so well on planes.  Generally she’s awake for boarding and then we nurse during takeoff, which paired with the white noise of the engines, puts her right to sleep.  I joke that the only time I get to watch movies is during plane rides when she’s asleep (this trip I finally watched Frozen, as well as American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club).

Our flight to London was scheduled to depart NYC at 8:30pm, but we sat on the runway for a very exhausting 2 hours before finally taking off.  We landed the next morning in London on very little sleep only to hear that our hotel room wasn’t ready.  We decided to walk around and ended up catching the changing of the guards.  Then Adelaide and I ran around outside of Buckingham Palace for a while until she fell and then no one was happy.

the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug I swear all I do these days is chase this girl.  She is FAST. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug Adelaide’s top and shoes // My sweatshirt, pants are old Gap (similar) and  shoes (on sale!) the baloney bug Oh hey, stroller.  I’ll try to do a post one of these days about how we make it through the airport.  We’ve brought our stroller on every flight we’ve ever taken, but always checked it at the desk and I wear Adelaide through security and the airport.  And then I get a chuckle at all the other parents trying to get that thing through security. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug These next few photos were taken at the end of the day when we were walking back to our hotel and realized there were way less people outside and tried to snap a few more photos:

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London, you were too good to us.

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Vegas, Baby

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After an unintentional blog hiatus, there were supposed to be cute photos up here on the blog today, but then someone was up until all hours of the night thanks to teething and jet lag.  So instead you get this adorable photo of Adelaide in Vegas.

You’re welcome.

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Napa

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After leaving San Francisco we drove to Napa for a bit of wine and relaxation.  We ended up staying in a Bed and Breakfast, which was surprisingly nice.  I always shy away from them, but we really enjoyed ourselves.  We hadn’t done much research on where we wanted to go, so we got there with very little planned.  Jon ended up choosing 4 wineries- 2 big and touristy, 2 small and more intimate.

Of the ones we visited, my favorite, by far was Alpha Omega.  Beautiful outdoor seating, amazing staff and of course, great wine.

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(possibly the best picture of them, ever.)

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At night we walked around Napa, enjoyed wine and cheese at the Oxbow Market and ended with dinner downtown.

Napa, you were so good to us.  Luckily I have a few bottles of wine to remember you by.

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The Ferry Building

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The Ferry Building was just over a mile from our hotel, or in New York terms, walking distance.  I took Adelaide there on a Thursday when the Farmer’s Market was already set up.  Except I didn’t have any cash on me or my ATM card.  Serious Mom fail.  Lucky for me, inside the building are another set up of restaurants and shops with some seriously awesome food.

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I’d been dying to stop by Miette ever since I found their cookbook a few years back, and stared endlessly at the treats before finally deciding on a few.

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Definitely a must for anyone visiting San Francisco.  Yum.

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