A week from now, we hopefully will have reached our friends’ apartment in Oxford, bleary-eyed and hopefully not too angry at each other after a red eye flight to Birmingham, England via Frankfurt. With our two young children. At least we got the bulkhead seats with a bassinet?
Chris and I love to travel. We always had fun when we were dating going on small-scale adventures wandering around various universities along the Eastern seaboard having intense conversations (we decided to get married on a walk at St. Joseph’s on the Main Line in Philly…as one does). We went on our honeymoon in Ireland, which we remember as perfect and green and beautiful.
Now, throwing caution to the wind, we’re embarking on our first international trip as a family. We figure it’s a good time in our lives to do it. We hope to have more children, so it will only get more expensive to travel and Chris will eventually get a job with more responsibilities. Uncle Sam was kind to us this year and we managed some Points Guy style credit card-fu to rack up a ton of miles that paid for our flights and our dear Georgetown friends have been badgering us to come to Oxford for years now and our friends’ new sweet baby is being baptized there, so we finally gave in. Very reluctantly. 😉
Here is our general itinerary:
Oxford: May 27-June 1
Rome: June 1-6
Chianti: June 6-10
London: June 10-12
Oxford: June 12-14
Cambridge: June 14-17
Paris: June 17-20
Back to South Bend on the 20th!
We’re so incredibly excited. We are mostly using AirBnB so Christopher can have his own room and we can save a little money cooking for ourselves. We’ve been daydreaming about walking in Lewis and Tolkien’s footsteps in Oxford, eating our way through Rome and stopping in every church we can find, taking a vacation from our vacation in Tuscany, going to Mass at Sacre Couer, and splurging on floral fabric at Liberty London (OK, that one’s just me).
Please pray our flight goes well and for our safety. My excitement is tainted with some anxiety about international incidents and Roman traffic patterns.
I’m hoping to blog every day on our trip, tired children willing.