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Travelling the Black Sea with a baby (30 images)

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German photographer Thomas Alboth and Polish journalist Anna Sulewska decided to do something novel when their daughter turned six months. Why not celebrate with six months of travel and discovery? From Germany to Turkey via the Balkans and Caucasus, the story of how two twentysomething parents ridiculed an ash cloud and inspired people from over 100 countries via their April - September travel blog. Images

Getting the media involved

Before hitting the road running, Anna and Hanna take part in a radio interview about their family trip in Krakow. German 'parents money', aka 14 months of 'Elterngeld', helped the young journalist couple fund their trip (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Logistics...

Packing the Renault Espace before crossing the Polish-Ukrainian border (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Indoor living room - check

'A lot of people write to us,' explained Anna whilst on her travels to cafebabel.com. 'People who are still in a travelling mood and so afraid that life changes with a baby - no more backpack, no more hostels, no more adventures...why not?!' (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Baby holder - check...

The family managed to get a Polish sponsor for the baby equipment. Tom and Hanna pictured at the Dniester river which begins in the Ukrainian Carpathians through Moldova (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Mosquito net - check

Between Odessa and Crimea (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Map - check

(Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Portable cooker - check

(Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Who needs the indoors?

Outdoor kitchen - check (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Outdoors bathroom - check

Moldova. Read a pros and cons list of travelling with a baby (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

But accommodation can sometimes be good

The Kosmonaut Hostel is Australian-owned in Lviv (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

From logistics to the views

Ukrainian cows close to the Moldovan border, at the liman of the river Dniestr (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

The highest Ukrainian mountain

In a national park, Zaroslayak (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Calm fish a minute

Ribalche on the Dnieper river, on route from Odessa to Crimea, Ukraine (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Turda, Romania

One of the largest salt mines in Europe (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Meeting with the locals

Transylvania (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Bucharest

Romanian parliament (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Stop three: Moldova

Soroca, the capital of the Roma, with the 'Gypsy King' Arthur (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Less than 100km north from Chisinau

Waterfalls, Saharna (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Stop four: Russia

Novorossiysk in southern Russia (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Tips for the police

Fix your seatbelts and never go alone with a police officer. Just 40km after the Russian border (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Russian-Georgia border

Our most difficult moment: border closed for us (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Stop five: Turkey

On the ferry... (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Ferry away

...away from Russia (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Stop six: Georgia

Tbilisi: meeting local heroes (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Caucasian guys

The friendliness of Georgians

Stop seven: Azerbaijan

Baku: growth on the Caspian Sea (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Stop eight: Armenia

Way to Nagorny Karabakh (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

Gandzasar Monastery

The Karabakh clouds were first separated from Armenia by Stalin (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

2, 000 years old

Plane trees (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

The future...

How the Black Sea brought the best fruit. Pictured, the smallest Alboth via a hospital scan in Georgia. The family without borders will no doubt be back in 2011 (Images: ©Thomas Alboth/ Anna Sulewska/ thefamilywithoutborders.com)

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