Right now we are in Budapest, but I will attempt to catch you up on our progress. Bear with me, nine days in Europe makes for a VERY long post.
How do you spell freedom? Read the sign above my head! If you look closely you can actually see all the stress draining out of me in this picture.
Here is Dracula's castle. Vlad the Impaler (his real name) forced his Turkish prisoners to build this for him. This is the view from the parking lot. We got to climb an unholy amount of stairs just to be able to say we saw Dracula's actual castle. Dallen stopped counting at 50, Bennett stopped counting at 200, and Maryn finally gave up at 720. Did I mention I REALLY love my husband?
Apparently we have discovered where the immortals go to get away from it all. Turn the corner you'll see the Count in hip-waders setting up a pup tent.
This is Bran Castle, the FAKE Dracula's castle. The one that looks more like what people imagine it would look like, so therefore they have turned it into a huge tourist trap. There were tons of shops at the bottom selling all sorts of cheesy Transylvania souvenirs. Of course we had to buy some.
Our hotel in Sigishora was HUGE. It also had a lot of cool furniture that I would have loved to load into my car. I think they would have noticed though. Can't you just see me blithely strolling past the front desk with an amiore strapped to my back?
Michael told us this place to Romanians, is like Washington DC to Americans - corrupt and in the pocket of lobbyists - WAIT no, this is the Unification Museum. This is where Romania, Transylvania, and Moldova, all became unified again.
Inside the Catholic Cathedral in Sibiu (Have any of you heard "Song of the Cebu" from Veggie Tales? Yeah, it was in my head the ENTIRE time we were in Sibiu.)
My three little men, digging thier way around the world.
Cluj, Romania and its awesome fountain
Bennett getting himself soaked in Cluj, Romania's awesome fountain
Okay, this is Eger Hungary. We didn't get a picture at the border because we crossed through at about 1 am when it was pitch black and the kids were fast asleep.
Eger Fortress. Of course my boys go straight for the cannons!
These seemed like good souveniers at the time.....um...WHAT was I thinking?
Budapest, Hungary. Our hotel is the building on the left
Alright Dad....we'll smile....heh, heh, heh.... (Be careful what you wish for)
Hayden enjoying a cold pint in the Cafe in Budapest. (It's apple juice - I promise!) I don't know why they put it in a beer glass.
We met this neat family from London and we ended up spending the afternoon with them. Our kids were almost the exact same ages, and everyone had a blast.
This was a very sobering, powerful memorial. This is a spot where the Nazis would line up Jews, shoot them and dump them in the river. But first they would make them take off thier shoes. There are pictures of hundreds of shoes lined up along this edge. For this memorial, the artist cast metal shoes to keep them permantently along the warf. Looking to the right and left it breaks your heart to see so many shoes. I almost cried when I watched Bennett put his foot next to a pair and say "Mom, these shoes could fit me!" He didn't understand what he was seeing - but I did
Parlament Building - Budapest. By the way - the memorial is in front of it. How sick that people were executed right in front of thier government's main building. (Okay- so it is sick that they were killed at all - but I think that puts salt on the wound)
Bag the historical buildings! I found a train!
Fisherman's Bastian at night
So there you have it so far! I will try to post at night from now on, (ha) so the next updates won't be so epic. Wish me luck!