Jousting at Manderscheid

Last week we traveled back to the Middle Ages. It is a bit embarrassing to say this was our first medieval festival because of the amount of these festivals that happen, but alas we made it to one.

About an hour away in the Eifel region of Germany we found Manderscheid. It could not have been any easier to get to. Just a few kilometers off the autobahn we parked in a field and took a bus right to the entrance of the lower castle ruin, Niederburg. I think I can easily say these ruins were the best we have seen. Continue reading


History and fun in Nuremberg

Part two of our little getaway was just as fun as the first day in Rothenberg. We had three days to explore Nuremberg and the weather prediction for the last two days was to be rainy and/or snowy, so that means we started off our trip with our one nice day at the zoo!

Tiergarten Nurnberg was really great! I planned to rent a wagon for the day, and it halfway worked out. My wonderful plan was to pull Brock around and not have to wear him for the whole day. But he was a bit tired from the late night before and cranky so I ended up pulling an empty wagon and wearing him about half the day 😕.


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Rothenburg ob der Tauber

There was no way I was going to sit home for 3 months without traveling just because I would have to do it alone. I looked into quite a few options but in the end decided to pick someplace I could easily drive to and someplace with plenty of “kid friendly” activities. I figured the best way to keep my sanity was to keep Brock happy which means fewer castles and museums and more playgrounds and places to run around. With a tip from a friend I landed on Nuremberg, but as I looked at the map I realized not too far from there was Rothenburg ob der Tauber and simply had to add a day to the trip :).

I couldn’t have planned a better trip! I absolutely loved Rothenburg and am so glad we had a day there! The old part of town is surrounded by the original medieval walls with 4 access gates that date to the 1300’s. It is not uncommon to see city walls like this but it is pretty rare for the wall to be standing in its entirety and safe enough for visitors to climb the steps and walk the length of the wall.  Continue reading

Christmas 2015 Wrap-UP

Merry Christmas everyone! This Christmas was really special- although this was technically Brock’s second Christmas, it felt like a first since last year we were still living in a hotel and could not do any traditions or even have a tree! Brock was really excited about our tree this year and we played a little game where he would take all the ornaments off that he could reach and I would put them back on ;).  Continue reading

Autumn in the Rhineland-Pfalz

It feels like it has been forever since I have posted about our adventures, but rest assured we have not been sitting idly at home. October was a busy month for us. Brock and I have really been filling up our social calendar and Fil was away for work again for a week. We started off the month with a culinary beer hike through the woods from a castle to a small lake, and ended the month at the World’s Largest Pumpkin Festival at a palace. The best way to share these events is photos, so enjoy :). Continue reading

Powwows, Mulan, and more!

I remember mentioning in an earlier post that festivals were bountiful and so I have saved a few for a summer festival wrap-up post. Over the past two months our village hosted the Schubkarren-Rennen (wheel barrel races), a fireman’s celebration weekend, and a German-Chinese Cultural day. We also went to a Native American powwow at a nearby lake.  Continue reading

Cooling off Roman style

All week long Germany has been experiencing an unusual heat wave. Temperatures have been in the 90’s which isn’t necessarily terrible, but without air conditioning in homes and most public buildings it has not been fun since there is literally no break from the heat. Aside from that, we might have been a bit spoiled over our 3.5 years in Washington State and maybe our bodies have forgotten how to handle this. It’s not just us though, the PX sold over 500 fans in one day and the heat was even making the autobahn break apart! Fil was away for work all week so Brock and I tried our best to keep cool. We splashed in his new kiddy pool, went swimming in the lake, and took cool baths. He is definitely a water baby.  But by Thursday we were losing the battle against the temps and the monitor in his room said it was 92 degrees even with a fan running all day long. Continue reading

Surprise at Lake Chiemsee

Finally, my birthday trip came to a close, but it sure went out with a bang! As you read in my last post, we cut our time in Salzburg short and started our way home with an overnight at Lake Chiemsee. As we pulled off the autobahn I saw a sign pointing towards a castle. Immediately I decided I needed to convince Fil that I needed one more thrill for my birthday trip ;). That wasn’t too hard to do and after checking into our hotel we were back on the road headed to the castle.

Hands down, best part of the whole week.  Continue reading