Traveling with a young baby

As most of you could probably gather from some of my previous posts, I love to travel and see new things.  And as I mentioned in my last post my sister was here visiting and we wanted her to be able to do some sight seeing as well.  Which means, since she was leaving before Michael was 5 weeks old, we did some traveling while he was still quite young.  We did keep in mind that he was young and everything was still new to him, especially since he did have some crying evenings after too much had happened during the day.  So we started with short trips and worked our way up.

We wanted to see some historical sights with J’Anna, so we started with something nearby and watched to see how Michael handled it.  We live near the old Roman Limes here in Germany (for more information go here) so we decided to go one Sunday afternoon and see some of the old forts.  We happened to choose the Kastelle (Fort) at Welzheim, which happens to be one of the best, most preserved ones.  It was built back around 150 A.D. as part of the Upper Germanic Limes.  Michael slept through most of the time and only woke up on the way home and decided he was hungry, and since we were only about 20 minutes from home it was no problem! 🙂

One of the gates into what once was a Roman Fort

Our next venture was a little bit farther away, but everyone knows you can’t visit Germany without seeing a castle right?  We thought about going to the famous Schloss Neuschwanstein, which is down near the Austrian border.  But instead we went to another one of the big tourist attraction castles, Burg Hohenzollern, located about and hour and a half south-east of us.  It was the ancestral seat of the House of Hohenzollern.  Michael started off a bit fussy, but soon fell asleep and was going until we got back to the car.  I nursed him and then we headed home.

Burg Hohenzollern as seen from below
Some of the scenery from on top

Our next venture was also about an hour and a half away.  On the famed Romantic Road in Germany is the old medieval walled city, Rothenburg ob der Tauber.  And that was where we decided to go next! It was AMAZING!!  Did I mention that I love history and this place is full of it?  For this trip we planned it out around Michael’s nursing times, so I fed him upon arrival and then we had 2 to 3 hours of time to explore before he got hungry again.  I fed him again and then we headed home.  It worked out pretty well!

Overlooking part of the wall from one of the several towers
Another one of the towers

The fourth, and final trip we made while my sister was here was to Freiburg im Breisgau, and, since we wanted to take the scenic route on the way there, it took us about 3 hours to get there, with a short stop to nurse Michael.  We had about two hours to walk around the city and climb the tower of the Minster there.  Then we spent the afternoon visiting someone there.  We came up practically along the French border on the way back, and had planned to make a detour through Strasbourg, but when we hit a bad traffic jam we changed our minds.  Instead, we popped across the border a bit farther north, just so us American’s could say we had been in France.  We had left home around 7AM and we didn’t arrive back until after 8PM.  That was definitely a long haul for Michael, but he handled it better than expected.

Freiburg Minster
Overlooking the city from on top of the Minster tower (almost 600 steps in all)

All of this was done before Michael was a month old, the first outing being when he was about 2 and a half weeks old.  We always made sure to space them out so that he wouldn’t get overwhelmed, and on the days between we would take him for walks when the weather permitted.  He is an amazing little guy, and we have been so blessed to have him in our lives!!

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