Budapest – Baths & Synagogue

We’re staying near the Opera house in Budapest. Today we decided to walk, instead of taking the metro, to Hero’s Square, which was 2.5km.Elora and Ollie were both very excited to get out of the stroller once we arrived and run around. Then they started dancing and clapping when they heard the man in the…

Back in Budapest

My (Chris’) Mom came to visit us in Vienna and we decided to take the train over to Budapest for a few days.Here we are after our full 3 hour train ride (which the Austrian train service calls a “just over 2 hour train ride”). Our day started at about 5am in Vienna because we…

More Schmetterling Haus…

These are pics from various trips to the Schmetterling Haus over the past couple months. We spend a lot of time there… and will probably be spending even more now that winter is coming! Oliver really loves running around and especially loves the aquariums. Charlie and Elora looking for fish in the water. A butterfly…

Zoo Day

Elora has been asking to go to the zoo forever, so we decided to spend the morning there last week before it got too hot.Oliver now walks everywhere, and was super excited to climb all the fences and tried to jump in all the ponds. A very interesting child to keep track of at the…

Kebab Party

As we’ve written previously, Kebabs are perhaps the greatest sandwich ever. Every American (and immigrant from other countries) that comes to Vienna loves to eat Kebab. So we decided to have some other Kebab loving friends over for a Kebab party.Here I am with a big knife and a sharpener (just like the authentic Kebab…

Palais Lichtenstein Park

Chris goes to class in the Palais Lichtenstein, and we recently discovered that there is a HUGE playground there. So while Chris went to class, we came to play at the park while waiting for his lunch break. Elora’s friends Charlie and Mia joined us, since they live just down the street. Elora and Charlie…

A Night Out for Mom

My friend Bindi and I went out (without kids!!!!) to see The Proposal at one of the English movie theaters here. I had told Bindi that Chris wouldn’t want to pay to see it in the theater, and she generously offered to go see it with me. Before the movie we stopped to get gelato…

Time for More Culture… Vienna Kunsthistoriches Museum

We took the kids back to the Vienna Art History Musuem to see the ancient Egyptian section. Elora was really excited to see it because she loves anything to do with Pharoahs and Sphinxes. She likes to hear the story of a Sphinx that asks all passersby a riddle and if they answer it incorrectly…

Schonbrunn Kindermuseum

This is from a few weeks back, we finally tried out the Kindermuseum at the Schonbrunn Palace. It was so fun! A little pricey, but worth the visit, Elora had a great time.The first part of the museum has costumes for this kids to try on. Elora was very excited about all the princess dresses.Oliver…

Fountains and Marshmallows

We were so excited to take Oliver to the big fountain a few weeks ago, since he loves water, and it was closed! Being cleaned out after a big festival. Sigh.So we came back a week later to enjoy it, and Oliver was so excited! He just talked and pointed at it for a long…

Date Night!!!

So the new Harry Potter came out, and we HAD to see it in the theater, because the last movie I saw in the theater was…. the last Harry Potter that came out! So we finally got someone to watch our kids for the night, and headed out for dinner and a movie.For dinner we…

Schloss Strassburg

We stayed right next to the town Strassburg, which like all towns in Austria, had a castle – so we decided to check it out.The castle was originally built in the 1100s, and added onto in the 1500s and 1600s. There was a major earthquake in 1767 that destroyed some of the castle, and it…