We're back from a fabulous one week vacation in Italy.
As fabulous as it was though, it is always good to be home again. I must admit, travelling while 6 months pregnant was more challenging than I had imagined, especially in 40 degree weather.
But I think we made the most of it.
(I certainly ate a lot!)
We travelled around Tuscany, visited Florence, San Gimignano, and Sienna. They were all so incredibly beautiful!
We were supposed to drive to Cinque Terre (the one place everyone says not to miss, but also a 3 hour drive form our villa), but unfortunately I had to pass.
Every time I would get in the car I would start having little contractions... every few minutes. It really freaked me out. I'm not sure if it was the bumps, the heat, or maybe the dehydration, but the possibility of going into preterm labor in a foreign country was enough to keep me homebound. I'm sure those perilously narrow, steep & winding Italian roads didn't help either!
So instead, the hubby and I lazed around the villa in the quiet Tuscan countryside....
Honestly, it wasn't too bad of a compromise!
I've realized that travelling while 6 months pregnant is very do-able, but it just means that you have to go a lot slower, and do a lot less.
Once I accepted that I wouldn't get to see as much as I normally would,
and just indulged in the simpler things a vacation brings... like sleeping in, good food, leisurely strolls through foreign landscapes... that's when I truly started to enjoy myself.
We ended our vacation with one night in Rome...
(definitely not enough time, but it was magical just the same)
We stayed in a gorgeous little boutique hotel near the Spanish steps, went out for a fantastic dinner, and slowly walked around that incredible city for the rest of our final evening in Italy.