|During the children's school break, we decided to go to|
Belgium and Germany.
|Our first night was spent in Brussels, where we enjoyed a|
Belgium Waffles and some Churros.
|Cathedral St. Michel|
|The next day we went to Brugge. I love the feel of this|
|There in Brugge, we visited a chocolate factory to see where|
authentic Belgium Chocolates are made.
|Such cute morsels of chocolate!|
|They look almost good enough to eat!|
|Chocolate sculptures in the back ground. We had a wonderful|
time at the museum, and were able to meet up with Tammy and Larry and their
two sons, Riley and Brady.
|Brugge city center|
|Brugge city center|
|If you can't tell from most of the pictures, we had quite|
a bit of rain. The rain did not deter us in any way-thank goodness
for umbrellas and good children!
|The kids did like exploring, but they loved coming back|
to a warm hotel room and the Ipad.
|A lovely stroll through the rainy streets of Brussels.|
|My handsome Carson on a cobblestone road in|
|Daniel and the kids in the middle square of Brussels.|
|After Brussels, we drove through the Netherlands stopping there for lunch at|
a Burger King :), and then continued on to Cologne, Germany. Our
first stop was der Koelner-Dom
|Much to our children's delight, we visited the zoo in Cologne|
the next day.
|The zoo did not disappoint. They even had a little monkey|
friend who played with them through the window. Also, at this
zoo they had raccoons, as one of the animals to visit.
|We stayed at an apartment while we were in Germany,|
and Owen loved this little spot. The perfect size for
him to have a little hideout.
While in Germany we visited Bonn, the birthplace
of Beethoven. Beethoven used to teach children
that lived in the house that is behind us.
|We are not exactly sure why these statues of heads were|
in front of the church, but the children and Daniel wanted
a picture to remember it.
|One cannot go to Germany without eating an authentic street|
vendor Bratwurst! They were delicious, and I want
another one just thinking about it.
|Here we are in the city center in Bonn enjoying|
some hot chocolate and yummy waffles!
|In front of the home where Beethoven was born.|
|Doeners done the right way! They have doener shops throughout|
France, but they are just not as good as what you find in
Germany. We were there in Germany for three days, and we had a doener a day.
I hear the keep the doctor away.
Foreshadowing of future events ;)
|On the way back home, we made a pleasant detour to a tiny town|
in Belgium which we thought was Luxembourg at first, but we caught on
and realized it was not Luxembourg.
|It was a great stop with one of the funnest|
parks we have yet to come across here in Europe.
Zip line, humongous slide, a crazy fun teeter-totter, and
|We later drove through Luxembourg, Luxembourg making|
our total of 5 countries (including France) visited in 5 days. France,
Belgium,Netherlands, Germany, and Luxembourg! We had a blast, and
created fun family memories.