I think I need a weekend to recover from my weekend. We has so many adventures! After the kids’ less than stellar behavior in Trier we revised our travel strategy and set out for Heidelberg early Saturday morning. A & G are usually more “go with the flow” in the morning, and they proved that true once again. We hooked them up with some travel technology (the busy bags remain scattered all over the car from our last trip…) and set off on the hour and a half drive.
Aurora is hilarious, Jon and I were joking that this is the precursor image to her teenage years, leggings and converse, black shirt falling off her shoulder, headphones and a tablet. Even the way she’s sitting is so teenybopper! Last time we left the tablet at home thinking they wouldn’t need it for a short trip, this time we have learned from our mistake. Tip #1, Forget trying to be a good “screen-free parent,” always take the easy route!
There are so many gorgeous buildings all over the city, you literally can’t decide where to look! This is the university library which we avoided going in to because of loudish children. Tip #2, Avoid doing “grown up” things that kids won’t like.
We parked on the outskirts of town and walked in, no stroller again, but Aurora was content to walk a lot more this time which freed us up immensely! Here we are hiking up the hill to the Heidelberg Schloss (castle).
After hiking to the schloss, we were parched, so lunch and shopping ensued. The main street of Heidelberg is very touristy and was bustling with shops and vendors and delicious food everywhere! We visited the bäckerei for a strudel, a small schneeballen shop, several vendors of German knick knacks, but our favorite place was the winery! They make their own spirits and have them all on display for tasting before you buy.
Ever since watching Anthony Bordain’s Travel Channel special on Germany, we have been eagerly awaiting a sip of absinthe! Delicious, licorice flavored alcohol that has been banned in the US- what could be sweeter! It was everything we hoped it would be! Tip #4, Drinking on the job never hurt anyone.
I love this photo, Jon’s vehement eating of the ice cream, Gray’s pitiful expression of longing.
The Christmas stores in Germany are HUGE, and are open year round. They call themselves the Land of Christmas… I can’t wait for the season to be upon us, markets spring up in every city to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!
Our stash of goodies we brought home, that’s the schneeballen on the left, a ball of pie crust filled with custard and coated in chocolate. Germans know how to do dessert! We picked up a bottle of limoncello, an italian after dinner drink, an ornate bottle of absinthe, the famous apfelwein and some strawberry jam that Aurora is very excited about! Tip #6, When you’re done traveling, bring the travels home.
Overall, attitudes were much better this time around and we have hope for our future travels with kids! The end of August brings us a four day weekend which we haven’t decided how to spend yet, but perhaps an overnight trip is in order now that we’ve gotten our travelers feet under us!