Friday, October 02, 2015

Grandma's visit and a short trip to France

As I've mentioned, Rob's mom came to stay with us for a couple of weeks and to take care of the kids while we went on our trip to Ibiza.

When she first got here, we visited some of our favorite local spots- Burg Frankenstein, Segmuller, even our old village and playground.  Then we left for a few days while she valiantly held down the fort.  The day after we got back from our trip, we loaded up the minivan and headed out with EVERYONE on an overnight trip to France.

We stopped in Strasbourg to enjoy the cathedral and astronomical clock.

I still don't understand what all of the different clock faces are for exactly, but it is super cool.

We also grabbed some paninis and soft pretzels for lunch, and shopped for some yummy bread, cheese, and cupcakes for dinner that evening. I love the French/German thing going on in this Alsace region of France.
And look at the store we happened to walk by on our way back to the car!

From there we drove to Colmar, France where we stayed for the night in an apartment we found on airbnb and celebrated Amelie's birthday- but more on that in another post. The next morning we walked around the beautiful downtown area.

We even rode around the little tourist choo-choo bus, which the kids loved.  Seriously, Colmar is gorgeous.
Then we went for lunch in a little cafe and had some Alsatian food.  Rob had this massive plate of ham, sausage, and sauerkraut- it was impressive.  We also tried flammkuchen, and an awesome salad, and the kids split a pizza. 

French for 'sippy cup.'

Say cheeese!
Next we drove up to the Chateau de Haut-Koenigsbourg.

This is a medieval castle that was reconstructed under the direction of Wilhelm II around 1900 (when the region belonged to Germany.) There are records of something being built on this site from the late 700's. The castle was rebuilt to show it's medieval beauty.

Grandma and Charlotte checking out one of the wells.

It really is very pretty and the kids thought it was one of the best castles we have seen.

With cannons, an armory, antlers on the wall, and this little photo op, what's not to like? 

The view from the tower.

Thank you Grandma for coming and helping us with these kiddos and going on a little adventure with us!  We had a great time and love spending time with you.

1 comment:

Jane said...

Thanks for having me! I enjoyed it so much and wish I could do it more often! (and just for the record---I hate my hair!!)