Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Our European Adventure

So back in July I was given the opportunity of a lifetime, to go compete in the World Championship Long Distance Triathlon in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. This was one of the highlights of my year. the course was made up of a 4km swim,120km bike ride and 30km run. I was only racing as an age grouper for South Africa but to race on the same course as some of the best triathletes the world has to offer was an amazing experience. here are a few pics of our race.

 The South Africans with some Awesome USA team members (how cool is their kit)

 on our way to the start - yes that's me waving
 morning of the race! Jordy is hiding behind the SA flag. He was the only little one travelling with us and all the ladies loved him, probably from missing their own kiddies at home. he became our team mascot, this was only half the team as everyone else was already at the start.

Instead of going all the way there for 6 days we decided to turn it into a holiday and to make Jordy's first overseas experience a memorable one. 3 weeks, 8 cities, 3 countries, 56 hours of travel and it was our best holiday ever! this is how it went - PE - JHB - Istanbul - Bilboa - Vitoria-Gasteiz - San Sebastian - Hendaye - Paris - Milan - Florence - Rome/Fiumicino

Any form of travel there is - we travelled it! and what makes it even better is our boy is a natural at being on the move! here are just a few pics of our travels - i took over 1000 pictures and there is no way i can upload them all!

 All packed and ready to go - obviously we were travelling with my bike,  a baby, (and all that comes with taking a baby on holiday, pram etc) and one big bag for all our clothes (don't ask how i managed to fit all our clothes into 1 bag - i did LOTS of research on packing)
 this is in Vitoria-Gasteiz - the Green Capital of Europe. coming from a cold South African winter to a beautifully hot Spanish summer had lifted every ones spirits.
 Jordy and his little Senorita -melts my heart! holding hands ahhh...
 we eventually had to make another plan as picking the pram up over all the stairs in the metro in Paris was literally back breaking work! so we found this! Jordy loved it and it was much easier to carry around (well for me at least)
 my absolute favourite Picture of our camera was on self timer and resting on the pram.
 Jordy and I in San Sebastian. I highly recommend this beautiful little town! our favourite stop.
and my little man tossing his coin in the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

Before we left - people were asking how are you going to travel with a one year old - quite frankly i didn't know - i was so nervous about taking him with but my darling husband wouldn't have it any other way. He either came with or there was no holiday. Looking back now, our holiday wouldn't have been the same without him. He made it worthwhile and so much fun!



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