Happy New Year! I hope your Christmas and New years were fantastic and you have lots of positive growth inducing goals set for this year. I know I do but I will share more on that later. Now it is time for a bit of catch up! Two weekends ago we loaded up the kids and headed to Strasbourg France, the city where the Christmas tree was invented, the self dubbed Christmas town. If you are confused thinking the Christmas tree was invented in Germany (what I always heard growing up) you would be correct. Strasbourg has gone back and forth between being French and German for a long while now ha! We heard the Christmas fair was not to be missed and even though we knew this wouldn’t be the most kid friendly trip we had to do it. We decided to stay in the black forrest and also procure a Christmas tree while there. On the way up we stopped at one of the many American World War Memorials. We talked to the boys about war and serving your country with pride.
Chris told them about serving in Iraq with the 42nd and how glad he was to serve his country
After the history lesson the kids kicked around in the snow (which is the first and last we have seen of it)
Did a little exploring
Then we headed off! I shared most of my photos from the Christmas fair previously but forgot to share this awesome one Chris took of the Cathedral all engulfed in fog:
Isn’t it incredible! Anyway after we traveled to a little town in the Black Forrest of Germany called Triberg. It was GORGEOUS and the hotel itself was absolutely perfect for families. We had our own room, the kids had their own room, the pool was open great hours and nice and warm (plus both times we swam we were the ONLY ones there score!). We were sad to leave, especially after discovering the kids play room on the way out! We explored the incredibly charming little town for a bit and Chris tried briefly to talk me into a cuckcoo clock (I have nothing against cuckcoo clocks just didn’t want one right this moment).
The food here was also quiet amazing. I had some pretzel rolls at breakfast that I am STILL dreaming about. If ANY reader has a recipe they love for german pretzel bread pretty please send it my way! The drive home was just stunning with lots and lots of fog. Like I couldn’t believe fog.
The kids were great on the whole drive as long as we intermittently let them rock out to the Frozen Soundtrack. I actually downloaded it on a whim right after coming back from London and we listen to it ALLLL the way through several times a day, yeah, they kinda love it. All in all this was a great little getaway. We didn’t loose a child at the huge fair which we were both terrified of and the kids loved swimming so many times and having their own room in the hotel, so wins all around! I absolutely want to go back to the Black Forrest and explore it more fully but that will have to wait until we don’t have four tinys in the back seat that we try to torture as little as possible with mommy daddy itineraries. Have you ever been to Germany? Where should we explore on our next Germany trip? We are pretty sure we will head back for Spring break!