Thursday, August 13, 2009

The saga continues

And so it continues! I actually found time to blog again! (I bet the post will still be long) Let's see if this keeps up (although to be completely honest, the only reason I blogged tonight, is because the H&M next door to our hotel closed early. - Yes I would have shopped if given the choice )
We left Budapest and traveled on to a little town called Sopron. We have some pretty shots of the Danube. Tonight we are in Vienna and the kids are bushed. We walked them pretty hard.
Oh, and I forgot to tell you about our scare two days ago. Hayden got up at 6 am, opened our hotel room door, walked down FOUR flights of stairs, and decided to go for a stroll down the streets of Budapest sans clothing. (Apparently he peed before starting his journey) Someone OUTSIDE of the hotel, took him to the desk clerk (who hadn't seen him leave because he is too short to see from the top of the desk) who then came up and banged on our door to WAKE US UP (yes, we were still asleep - and didn't know he was missing)
Needless to say I was a TOTAL basket case thinking of the "what ifs" and thanking our Father in Heaven that he was brought back safely.
We have been so blessed on this trip! Thank-you to everyone that has been praying for us.
Gyor Cathedral

Sopron, Hungary

The outer wall of Tata Castle in Tata, Hungary. (Yes, I had A LOT of fun with the name of this town - Michael didn't think I was as funny as I thought I was - I am a misunderstood comedic genius)

Burg Forchtenstien, just inside the Austrian border. We were once again unable to get a picture at the border. But this time it was because they didn't even stop us. In fact we looked at each other and said, "Did we cross the border?" I guessed that we had because the signs were now in German instead of Hungarian. That was our only clue. By the time we figured it out, it was too difficult to turn around.
Dallen takes a turn in the execution chair at Burg Forchtenstien. The armory was cool. Although Michael was bummed that they didn't have English translation. I finally figured out how to keep a Carpenter from reading plaques - take him to a non-English speaking country. We've actually gotten through most of the museums on this trip in less than two hours!

Do you see why we call him "Spider Monkey"

On our way to Vienna, Hayden started shouting - Mom! I see sunflowers! He was adamant, and I couldn't figure out what he was talking about. He finally said "Right there! They are spinning!" We all had a good laugh.

Hey Mom, look at these pretty vases. I didn't bother telling them they were actually bongs.

The public gardens outside of Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna (The palace is in the background of the picture below)

Okay, so it seems to be a bit of a compulsion.

The gardens had hedge mazes that the kids lost themselves in. (Dallen - literally)

Hayden was thrilled with his first subway ride. I can't wait to show him the steam trains in England

The kids found a fun distraction on the way back to the hotel.

Hayden decided it was a little too high to climb (sure, he'll climb up a wall or a dangerous ladder, but certainly not something that is meant for climbing. - I think he only does it if there is a chance of killing himself)

Apparently, you can buy one in Vienna. But I am sure you could find one for free somewhere.


Blog Buddy said...

Fabulous and Fantastic! Keep it coming sista'...

The Valentine's said...

Wow! It is so amazing to see the places you are going. I can't wait to see the next installment!