European Christmas Vacation


 

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Yes I am going backwards on my blog posts. We recently ( okay 3 months ago) went to Europe for a winter/Christmas vacation. I remember a year or more back when i flew to Paris alone with Cruze and thought how scary that was… then I flew to Austria with TWO kids. Actually, they were pretty awesome. The last 20 minutes of the very last flight were hell but other than that everything went better than I could have imagined. Arriving in Austria was a bit of a mess, there was not one person to help me get to baggage claim and I had three carryon bags, and a toddler and a tiny baby. Luckily a flight attendant took pity on me, she grabbed my bags and took me straight past the awful customs line, and helped me find my stroller and waited for my bags. I still feel as if I owe that woman my life.

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It was so great to be back with our friends, Dani and Chris (Shea) and their sweet little babies, Pippa and Finnegan. Dani and I literally didn’t do much for the week I was there before David…And it was perfect. We drank wine that first night and it was heaven. Dani is also one of the best cooks ever, i still can’t figure out how to make her meatballs as good as she does.

When David arrived we went to Austria for a week of skiing. We had a fantastic chalet right off the slopes. Unfortunately the snow didn’t really get good until the day before we left but the whole trip was so beautiful. Im a lover of snow.IMG_6113IMG_6254IMG_6297

We spent Christmas in the cabin and had a beautiful christmas breakfast and dinner. We also took a small trip to Hallstatt which is a tiny little town on a lake in Austria. Its voted one of the places to see before you die. It was totally worth the hour drive in snow.

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We also attended a christmas party in Hungary. It was nuts to go back and see our old home. Such a small town we ran into one of Davids coworkers on the way to dinner. We went to the Jones’ christmas party which was so amazing. Jello shots and lots of food! Seeing my lovely Lacy and Donna was the icing on the cake, I wish we could have spent more time with them. Lacy is growing up to be such a beautiful young lady, not to mention she is super smart! I remember when they used to come over and help me with Cruze when he was born.

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We have already been but we took a trip up to Salzburg, Austria as well. The red bull hangar we had previously visited was closed of course ( collins luck anyone?) but we did enjoy the Christmas markets and the beautiful castle at night.

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We also ventured up north to Prague, Czech republic. We have been to a lot of places and Prague was definitely on the top 5 list of places. I don’t know if it was the christmas markets, the decorations, the people, or bc it was new years but it was slightly magical in a way that I won’t forget. Even though it was blistering cold, we made our way out a night to take in the scenery. The gothic church was beautiful.
We spent the new years in the hotel watching the fireworks from the inside with champagne. We tried going out but what people may not know about Prague is that there aren’t a lot of rules when it comes to chaos in the streets. People were setting off tiny bombs beside the hotel. We walked out: BOOM, kids cry, I scream, and we go straight to the bar, order a drink and take it upstairs. It was unbelievable. It was like a war broke out..

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We did some other things like shopping, visting museums, drunk HORSE with the kids basketball, play games, tour the castles, and so much more. It was such a great time with great friends who literally make anything fun!

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so here our some pics from our wonderful European getaway!

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Forgive me for the randomness of the pictures, two kids yelling and crying means hurry and finish!.

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