Bonjour, Paris! Newlyweds Ben and Jessa Seewald traveled to Europe on their honeymoon on Tuesday, April 21’s episode of 19 Kids and Counting. The parents-to-be, who announced on April 21 that they’re expecting their first child in November, toured the continent while their family renovated their home back in Arkansas.
Below, be jealous as we relive the Duggar daughter’s trip abroad with her new husband.
“It just seems so unreal. We’re married, and we’re in Paris, of all places. It’s like a fairy tale or something,” Ben said of being in the city of love with his new bride. The duo went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, ate escargot, visited Notre Dame Cathedral, and left a specially engraved love lock on one of the city’s bridges.
The second stop on their European tour took them to the “Rome-mantic” Italian capital city (“that was cheesy,” Jessa admitted of her less-than-stellar pun). With their priorities in order, they focused on eating their way through the town, even arranging a cooking lesson to learn how to make pasta from scratch.
“It’s kind of bittersweet that it’s the last stop, but it’s going to be cool to go to Venice,” Ben said before boarding his very first train to the last leg of the lovebirds’ journey. They took another exciting mode of transportation to their hotel: a water taxi, on which they admired the stunning architecture of the city. They also hit up some hip vintage stores, were attacked by pigeons, and, of course, took a romantic gondola ride.
When the couple returned home to Arkansas, their family had completely renovated the first floor of their new home, with a before-and-after reveal to rival any HGTV show. “I think they were just thrilled,” Jessa’s mom Michelle Duggar gushed.
Bonus Good News!
Jessa’s sister Jill was pregnant with her first child during the Seewald wedding, and while the honeymooners were away the Duggar family got some happy — sister-in-law Anna Duggar was expecting her fourth child with Jessa’s older brother, Josh.
“The next one that’s going to be expecting is probably Jessa, doing the calculations and math,” one of the younger Duggar brothers correctly posited in an interview.
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