Baby Goes to Europe- VENICE Part 1.

First off, Happy 30th Anniversary to my wonderful second parents!
Cutest in-laws in the world.
Because of them it was an unbelievable 2.5 weeks.

Tuesday May 21st we took off with my in-laws on our first ever 2-story double decker plane (yes that thing was huge) to the beautiful city of Venice, Italy.

Oh my gosh, I was so nervous about flying with a baby over-seas.
First for the time difference,
(my husband and I went to Europe with my family a couple of years ago, and I remember how hard the time difference was on us, I didn't want to imagine how hard it would be on a 9 month old!) 
and secondly for the flight time.

Our usual flight from Texas to Utah is about 3 hours, and we knew that was about Ryan's limit of sitting still.
We had a 10 hour plane ride to Germany followed by a 3 hour layover and then another 2 hour plane ride to Venice.
I had no idea how we were going to do 10 hours straight.

We met the cutest ever German couple on our flight sitting right next to us.
How cute is that old man!?

They were LOVING on Mr. Ryan kissing him all over, and Ryan was in heaven.
He didn't even want to come back to us!
The wife was taking all these pictures of him and her husband. It was hilarious.
You couldn't understand a word they said, they didn't speak ONE OUNCE of English.
It's cool, my baby was just being passed around the plane to all these German people.

The first 4 hours was all happy times until night time hit.
All of the sudden Ryan was like, "Wait a minute, where's my bed?!"
I didn't want to be "that couple" with the screaming baby.
Too late. We were.

Finally he gave it up and slept for a little while.

At 3 AM Texas time we found ourselves eating at a German bakery in the airport trying to get adjusted to European time.
The 2 hour flight to Venice was a piece of cake considering what we just went through.

We arrived in Venice, and I can honestly say it looks just like the movies!
It is the most beautiful thing!

From the airport we walked to this dock where we took a boat into the city.
It was the coolest thing ever.

For missing a night's sleep Ryan was a little rockstar.

We had 7 bags between the 4.5 of us. (Ryan doesn't quite count as a full person yet)
Before you judge us, One bag was strictly 85 containers of baby food, 110 diapers, and 150 wipes. ha

It was quite the sight to see, watching us get lost trying to find our hotel.
The streets are teeny tiny anyways, and here we were trying to lug 7 suitcases around while pushing a stroller.
 It was a disaster.

After 45 minutes of walking in circles, (no one speaks English) we found our hotel.
Cutest little bed and breakfast joint.
There were only about 10 rooms in the whole "hotel"

We were exhausted, it was about 3 in the afternoon and our goal was to stay awake until 8:30 PM to get our bodies adjusted.
 Our first stop was an Italian Pizzeria.

Oh my gosh, ever since Aaron and I were in Italy last we have CRAVED Italian pizza.
There is nothing that compares!

We spent the night exploring the beautiful city, walking the streets, and my in-laws spotted a clothing store named after me;)

And we stopped at not just one but a FEW bakery's for cookies and gelato.
I think I got mango or strawberry every single day.
It was heavenly!

The babes had his first taste of gelato and as you can see, he was pretty happy about how the next 2.5 weeks were going to go.

Just as the sun was setting we set off on a gondola ride through Venice.
The Italian man sang to us,
just like the movies,
and it was perfect.
(besides the fact that Ryan kept wanting to get off the boat and get in the water)

Bucket list check for all of us.

We made it until 8:30 PM and then crashed in the hotel.
Ryan was a little champ.
He woke up a few times to eat in the night and I fed him (poor baby thought it was day time) but after a few nights he got the hang of things.

And so our trip begins..:)

Karina Marie Powell


  1. I am so green with jealousy! haha. What an amazing trip!! It looks just beautiful!

  2. Can't wait to hear more about your trip! You are so brave to travel over seas with a little guy!! I'm having mini panic attacks just thinking about it :)

  3. I've eaten at that same pizza place! Venice is such a cool place:)

  4. Wow, I give you so much credit to do all that traveling with Ryan! I would have been stressed to the max. Glad it went well and since you had a nice long vacay, it was worth it!

  5. ^haha, "mini panic attacks". that's would me me as well. freak, i have them for our 1 hour plane ride! i cannot imagine go girl!!