Playing in the water
Getting close with the animals
Themed park of favorite character/toy
The chocolate factory toursPeople of all ages love chocolate, white, dark, milk, flavored.. If you travel with bigger child or toddlers, chocolate factory should be one of your checkpoints. We were visiting dear friends in Heiligenkreuz on the border of Austria with Hungary when they took us to visit the Zotter chocolate factory. Baby girl was around a year and a half then, and it was around the time she started to eat chocolate and candies. All the three of us ate way more (organic) chocolate than we're probably supposed to eat in a whole month, but then again, it's not a thing you do everyday, is it? Although probably not all are organic and fair-traded like Zotter, these days many chocolate makers open their doors for visitors around the world. There's actually a lot of things to learn about the process of transforming cocoa beans into chocolate bars (or drinks) that many of us never knew before.
Open space, with lots of grass and walking pathsMany parents stopped hiking the moment they got a baby. It's an activity seen impossible to be done with a baby. I myself was never a hiking-person, but I do enjoy occasional relaxing hikes on beautiful hills (and usually ended up eating strudel in the restaurant up hill). Whether we go hiking for no reason, or go to look for and pick mushrooms (an activity my husband enjoys so much), we kept doing it after the arrival of baby girl. The key of doing it is, well, baby-wearing. Please don't try to hike while pushing a stroller. Get a carrier, a structured carrier like mine (I have the classic Ergo) or soft carrier like meitai, wrap or sling. When baby girl feels like walking, we let her walk and run as much as she wants, then when she gets tired, my husband or I put her in the carrier (sometimes on the back, sometimes tummy-to-tummy) and we could keep walking while she naps. Hiking trip is always a great family choice, the child gets closer to nature, explores a lot of things they don't get to see where they live (especially if you live in an apartment in a big city like we do), has enough space to run around and great fresh air to breathe in.
|Hiking up a small hill close from Lipik, in Slavonija, Croatia, May 2015|