Monday, August 24, 2009

The last few crazy days

Yippee! We are finally here! I apologise for taking so long to post our last days on the road, but as you may imagine, it has been a little crazy!

Fun photo opps at the Marionette Museum.

Hohensalzburg Fortress. Yes, we had to climb all the way to the top. Yes, it was insanely steep

Almost there!

As soon as the kids made it up, all they wanted to do was run back down.

Bennett ran a bit too fast. Is that not just the most heartbreaking face?

Remember how we have spoken of danger to self in the past? Yes, this is a second story window.

Of course, my luck being what it is, Mirabell fountain wasn't working. But we did get a cute picture by the gate. My little Von Trapps.

Michael insisted we take this picture. It is just the birthplace of some unknown musician. Mozart? Was that the name? Have you heard of him? Me either.

Eating an ice cream cone while riding in a carriage through Salzburg. Life is GOOD!

The trick fountains at Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg. The Archbishop that commissioned these, had a very silly sense of humor. Starting with his outdoor dining table, he placed hidden water spouts throughout his garden to soak unsuspecting guests. (Notice, the chair at the head of the table (the archbishop's) isn't spraying water) Dallen and Bennett wore their swimsuits and went to get WET! Boy they did! The rest of us marveled at the water powered sculptures, and just tried to stay dry.

The boy in his underwear kept following Dallen because Dallen seemed to be able to find all the hidden spouts- and then get soaked when they'd go off.

Okay Mom, we did it, now it is YOUR turn!

Hayden solved the problem of his wet clothes quite nicely, don't you think?

"I'm free!!!!"

We were so lucky to be able to stop in Frieburg, Germany and see our nephew that is serving his mission there. We went 3 hours out of the way and got hopelessly lost in the city, but it was worth it! Sorry the picture is cut off, the only person around to take it, had a cast on, and couldn't operate the camera very well.

We stayed in temporary housing at the Air Base in Ramstien, Germany. The room was "pet friendly" so it had lots of things like crates and bowls. Those of you who know me and know how I feel about animals, are probably laughing at this picture. Yes, it was their DAD that let them use all the pet stuff. I just gave them a bath after.

Lining up to drive onto the train. This train took us across the English Channel, and to the end of our journey.
Now our next steps are finding a house big enough for a family of six in a country where a family of four is a strange sight - AND not killing any innocent people while we try to get used to driving on the other side of the road. (Michael and I both have had a near miss. It stinks that your instinct is to swerve to the right, that just makes it worse!)


Blog Buddy said...

Yahoo!!!!! I'm so happy you made it Frieburg and saw your nephew!:) That is an awesome picture-COOL! Now I'll go back and read the actual post you wrote...big hugs-♥ Tell me your address when you get there!

Jennifer said...

WOW! You are there! That is the best news yet. So I hope to hear from you when you get settled. xoxo

HalfWitt said...

Sooooo...the Mozart comment was for me wasn't it?

I kill you.

Analee (since 'Halfwitt' caused confusion last time)

The Valentine's said...

You made it!! I'll pray you find a great house. I hung out with Janet today. She is so proud of you guys and your siblings!

Debbie D said...

I love the naked bum picture!

Marlo said...

Yippee! Thanks for the tour across Europe (so jealous!) May you find a good home, lots of Cadbury chocolate, and no dead parrots in the land of the Brits!

Eric Player said...

Hey Linda,

You said in a post that you were getting tired of castles. Well, welcome to England. And, I'm finding "Player" history all the crap over there--including connected to castles. We seem to have practically established Saffron Walden, Gloucester, and a town in the Isle of Wight. You'll be having fun. If you need day-trip ideas, just ask.