2012 was a banner year in our household. We traveled across Europe with Chewy and Abby , found out we were having a baby , came back to the United States, bought and remodeled a house (and, yes, I'm going to post pictures at some point soon), and finished out the year by moving in. Patrick started working full time again and I've been interviewing for new jobs, working, and doing a lot of growing:
Me from 10 to 30 weeks pregnant
In fact, that's the reason that things have been so quiet over here: my real life has overtaken all the time I used to spend on my virtual life. But, I'm hoping that will change in 2013. (Though, of course, I'm saying that and we're already halfway in to the month of January.)
So, let's start this new year off right with a photo recap of all that our pups did in Europe. I give you Europe Chewy-and-Abby-style:
United States : Roadtripping to New York and enjoying the Manhattan skyline from our hotel and the Brooklyn promenade
Italy : Loving the fields and vineyards of Tuscany (and the best dog kennel in all of Europe in Forte dei Marmi), visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa , relaxing in Rome's beautiful Villa Doria Pamphilj , romping in Sorrento, and taking in the canals of Venice .
Hungary : Running through our far too short stay in Budapest by exploring Budapest's great dog parks and the ornate Hungarian Parliament.
Relaxing and barking at sheep in the rural southern parts of Bulgaria.
Turkey: Seeing the big city sights of Istanbul, exploring the many walks and wonders of surreal Cappadocia, and relaxing in gorgeous coastal Bodrum.
Austria: Visiting the ornate grandeur of Vienna and the beautiful sunflower fields outside the city.
France: Meandering through the parks of Cannes and visiting the sights (including the Eiffel Tower) in Paris.
England and the Queen Mary 2 : And, then, we hopped back over to England for a short stint before heading on to the Queen Mary 2 and made our way back to the United States.
When it all boils down to it, by the numbers, Chewy and Abby:
- traveled for 14 months nonstop
- extensively in 13 countries
- drove through an additional 5 countries in which we only spent a few days each
- and lived in 10 of the great European capitals
They've visited more parks than we can count and stood in front of the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Hungarian Parliament, and much much more. They've encountered hedgehogs and rabbits in France, sheep in England and Bulgaria, donkeys in Greece, and deer in Italy. They've romped through vineyards and castles, all with gigantic grins on their faces. Yes, there were some challenges --- like the day we had to pick eighty ticks off them in Cappadocia or the day when Abby peed in the house in England (the first time ever in her life, due we think to an excessively long stressful travel day) --- but, for the most part, we had an incredibly successful trip with two of the best travelers we know: our dogs.