May 11, 2018
Last stop on our adventure….Antwerp, Belgium. We drove through on the way back and well, the Belgian chocolate and waffles were calling our name!
Antwerp was a great place to get a taste of Belgium for a few hours. The old gothic style buildings were so ornate and the city was lively.
There was a chocolate shop every 50 feet! Like fancy chocolates that were so pretty. It took us a while to decide which shop we wanted to buy our chocolates at. We got to pick out the ones we wanted and put them in a pink Belgium house tin, which was a bonus because we collect little houses from everywhere we go.
There were street entertainers that the girls just loved to dance to their music. We found another castle and climbed on all of the monuments. I was worried Eloise would get bored in the city, but the girls just made their own fun adventure wherever we went.
I was glad that I only had one of my kids with me though. It would have been difficult to keep track of 4 kids. I was able to relax only having to keep an eye on 1 kid running around. I would have been totally on edge with more than that. Totally doable, but the stress factor would have increased greatly.
We still can’t believe how lucky we were with the weather at every place we went. It was like the perfect temperature, the sun was always out just enough so that it wasn’t blinding us or we were sweating all day. Never had to mess with sunscreen! Not to cold that we had to mess with big coats. If you have kids you know that coats/hats/gloves and sunscreen are just a hot mess.
So if you do this trip (which I highly recommend) May 1-12 was the perfect time to go to all of the locations. I may even recommend to go a few days earlier to make sure to get the tulips in Holland as we cut it very close to deadheading time.
I hope documenting our adventures gives you some ideas and inspiration for planning your trip! I can’t tell you how helpful all of the bloggers out there were when planning this trip. So many places I would never have though to adventure came from other bloggers.
There really wasn’t a whole lot I found online about traveling to these specific places with young children so I for sure wanted to get it blogged to help some parents that travel with kids. I absolutely love traveling with my kids and I really don’t like traveling without them, but to be done right it takes a lot more planning when the kids are along.