PHOTOS: A family holiday to Venice

Towards the end of my maternity leave and at the very start of Jim’s shared parental leave, we braved an aeroplane trip with an infant and flew to Venice.

It’s been a while since I had visited. My first trip at 19 with my sister Clare back in 2003. My second, in the winter of 2007 as part of my InterRail adventure.

It was a very different trip this time. With my amazing partners in crime – Jim (who had never been before) and Henry (who was eight months at the time and had only just got his passport).

We opted to stay centrally, at the very aptly named Friendly Apartments (10/10 – would recommend. Family-friendly. Free cot included. Loads of space. Five minutes walk from everything. Decent breakfast included). We did a lot of walking and exploring. And were very fortunate with the weather (it only rained properly as we were heading to the airport to go home). We explored the palace, went up the tower in St Mark’s square. Wandered around myriad streets eating delicious food – including vegan gelato for Henry and I!

I’ll do a more thorough recap when I have a spare few minutes. But it was glorious. Our handy baby item for the trip was the incredibly light and packs-up-tiny GB Pockit + stroller, which we got for £108 in the John Lewis sale (worth every penny – this stroller is amazing! It fits in a large handbag if you need to pack it away.)

Everyone adored Henry and he and we were welcomed everywhere.

Here’s a few pictures from the trip.