We have been planning a trip to Europe as a family for 6 months or so. Aaron's parents are living in Frankfurt for a few years, so it was a great excuse to come. We hemmed and hawed about who to take, whether to go at all, and eventually decided that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to take our kids on a great trip that they will always remember. Or at least, being realistic--that the older ones will always remember.
We arrived on Sunday and spent the day at Aaron's parents' house. His mom made a delicious dinner for us, and then we went to the Alte Stadt in Frankfurt. It was the first sunny day they'd had after a long, long winter, so practically all Frankfurters were out enjoying the sun and the many street performers who gather in the square.
|Even in Europe, Starbucks is everywhere!|
We then walked down the Fussgänger Zone. Most cities in Germany restrict the main stopping districts to pedestrians only, which makes them a convenient place for shopping and relaxing. Nearly all of the shops were closed because it was Sunday, but it was fun to window shop. We took the long escalator up in the My Zeil shopping mall and got to marvel at a little German engineering.
Then we went back to Aaron's parents' house and all started to feel like a truck had run over us. Seriously. We had some ice cream with homemade chocolate sauce, which gave us just enough of a bump in energy to get us back to our hotel in one piece.
|Croissants at breakfast.|
|Driving over an old cobblestone bridge on the way into Heidelberg. Aaron was driving, don't worry...|
|The trudge up the hill to the castle.|
|The view out of one of the old battlements at Heidelberg Castle.|
|Another beautiful view down the hill.|
|Damon and Lucy snuggling up at the top of the hill.|
|Some of the kids atop the largest working wine flask in the world at Heidelberg castle.|
|Sun dial on the side of the castle.|
|The Renaissance wing of the castle, with the clock tower.|
|I loved these shutters on one of the buildings near Heidelberg Castle.|
|"Women Parking space." Those Germans are so chivalrous.|
|I clearly need to learn how to take good indoor pictures at night. But here is our dinner. Yum.|
|Cool barley twist column in the house we're renting.|
|Slippers provided for guests in our vacation home.|
|Lucy digging into some wurst.|
|Our table by the morning sunlight.|
|The view of the Bavarian Alps from our back balcony.|