After a winter of hibernation we have been itching to get out traveling as of late. After much discussion about what to do with our last year here in Europe we’ve decided to do lots of smaller trips that are mostly within Germany. We spent our entire first year exploring Germany and we really enjoyed it! There are still so many places left here that we want to see. And as cool as seeing places like Greece would be, we decided that since Germany is currently our home it was more important to us to see as many nooks and crannies of it as we possibly can! So prepare yourselves for lots of pictures of cathedrals, castles, half timbered houses, and just flat out beautiful places! 🙂
Our first travel venture of the year was to Freiburg, Germany! Andy had a long weekend and the weather was supposed to be gorgeous so we decided to head towards Freiburg and also see Colmar, France which is just right across the border. More of that venture later!
Our adventure started out just like so many of our adventures do… with barf. No joke. I can’t remember the last time that we went on a road trip and someone didn’t throw up. I am honestly beginning to think that throwing up all over Europe is just Bug’s way to leave her mark on the world. Needless to say, we made an unexpected stop at a rest stop to get cleaned up. It ended up having a fun little park and we decided it was a good place to stop for lunch and play!
The big ‘sight to see’ in Freiburg for us was the Freiburger Münster. If you haven’t noticed, we are kind of cathedral junkies. We love them to pieces. They are just so beautiful and in many instances really, really old. This cathedral was built in the middle ages. Construction began around 1200. The tower is extra special because it is the only one built in the middle ages that is still standing in Germany today! It miraculous survived all the air raids in World War Two! Another special part of this Cathedral are the bells up in the tower. The oldest (and one of the largest) bell called Hosanna dates back to the year 1258!
So, one of the really cool things that we got to do at the cathedral was climb to the TOP! Remember when I mentioned it was 380 feet tall? Yup! All the girls climbed up on their own! It was narrow, spiral stair cases the whole entire way! (I should also add that they have the place to pay 3/4 of the way up… very clever!)
So our girls definitely dance to their own drum. They aren’t really into princesses or anything like that. They tend to gravitate towards Disney movies involving animals more than anything. One of their favorites though, oddly enough, is The Hunchback of Notre Dame. We really want to try and take them there before we go, but we instantly became the coolest parents ever on this trip to Freiburg because our adventure up the heights of the Cathedral tower also allowed us to see all the Cathedral bells! We were in the part of the church where Quadimodo lived! Well, I guess would have lived if we were in Paris.
These pictures really do not do these bells justice. They were huge!
Surrounding the Cathedral there was a local market going on. Lots of yummy farm fresh produce and beautiful flowers! The girls even got some seriously cool hand-made marbles for their collection!
I think I shared almost all the pictures I took in this blog today, but if you want to see more of Freiburg, Germany you can view the entire album HERE.