Roman Fortress Saalburg

On the day we went to Wehrheim, we also stopped by an old Roman Fort called the Saalburg for a couple hours.Traces of the fort date back about 2000 years and it was a part of a huge wall that stretched across most of Germany.We felt it appropriate to reenact a possible battle scene. Although…

Wehrheim Walk

Since the town of Wehrheim where I (Chris) used to live was close by the temple, we took the train over one late afternoon. Actually we took the train in the wrong direction, then took a bus ride that dropped us off about 2km outside of town and walked in. So here we are taking…

Frankfurt Temple

Last week we went to the Frankfurt Temple. It was about a seven hour train ride to get there (and that was on the high speed bullet train, normally it would take eleven hours).We stayed at church-owned apartments that were right next door (22 euro a night!), so after we arrived it made the daily…

Of Squirrels and Girls

My tough little girl with the 2×4 gets sad about a squirrel. by Chris (Karen said it’s cuter when you realize it’s the dad consoling his little girl) The saddest experience in Elora’s life occurred the other day while watching The Sword in the Stone. Elora was excitedly watching as the little boy was turned…

Playtime at the Schoenbrunn Park

Oliver likes all the pretty flowers. We call him “Blossom” whenever we put this hat on. Not really, but it would be funny if we did. Sort of… in a mean way. But he really loves the flowers and loves to make the hand movements from the “popcorn popping on the apricot tree song.”Elora and…

Playing at the Park

We’re in Frankfurt right now on a Temple trip… but here are some pictures of play time at a couple different parks from back in Vienna we were meaning to put up.It can never be stated enough that their parks and the things they have at the parks to play on are far superior to…

Schonbrunn Carriage Museum

We took the kids to see the Wagenburg, the Imperial Carriage Museum that has over 100 carriages from the former Imperial Court. Back when there was an Imperial Court, the court had over 900 carriages. And they are all very ornate. Elora especially like this gold plated carriage. Yes that’s real gold leafing they apply…

Teddies, Gummies, Ice Cream, and Pasta

Here are some random photos we found amusing for one reason or another. The two teddies, as I found them one night when I walked out in the hall. Guess which one is the dirty teddy? Gummy Hamburgers. We got Elora this gummy burger at a chinese restaurant. Each piece was a seperate gummy. She…

Back to the Zoo!

When we got home from Budapest, the weather in Vienna was beautiful (finally!!!) so we set off to the zoo with Elora’s friend Charlie and his big sister Mia.When the younger kids saw Mia climb to the top of the Panda bear, they wanted to try it too! It was fun to see them all…

Easter in Vienna – Frohe Ostern!

Happy Easter! The Schonbrunn Palace gardens are alive with beautiful blossoming trees. So we took the kids out for some pictures. More photos later, but here is a taste. Now it’s on to Ostern!Vienna comes alive at Christmas time with Christmas markets and at Easter there are a bunch of Easter Markets, which I like…

Erdbeer Schokolade Topfenknoedel

We had the missionaries over to try out our new favorite dessert recipe, Topfenknoedel, which we put a Lindt truffle inside before cooking and added some sugary Strawberry sauce. Yumm. Recipe requires Topfen (aka Quark) which does not exist in the US. Too bad, so sad. We had to try the recipe a couple times…

Budapest Final Day- Gellert Bath, Graveyard

This large pool inside the Gellert bath was actually COLD! I tried to go in about three times and always gave up and went back to the small warm pool. Chris went all the way in with Elora. He could not turn around because there are little arrows indicating that you have to swim in…