Zotter Chocolate Factory

Chris took a couple of days off work to spend time with the family so we decided to rent a car and explore some places in Austria that are a bit farther out than we normally go. First stop? Zotter Chocolate Factory in Riegersburg! I went years ago with friends and have always wanted to…

Easter Fun

We had a great time this Easter Season! We spent time together on our Salzburg trip and got home to enjoy Easter festivities the week before Easter Sunday. We spent time dying eggs with the kids. This year was a lot of fun because Chris pulled out glitter, pom poms, googly eyes, and and glitter…

Salzburg – Sound of Music

We had intended to take a Sound of Music bus tour the last day. We had to check out of our apartment early and had a late night train home. That meant a whole day of carrying all our backpacks, halberds, and souvenirs before getting to the train. At the last minute we decided it…

Salzburg – Hellbrunn and Salt Mines

We went out to Hellbrunn, an estate just outside of Salzburg where the archbishop used to bring guests to entertain them on summer days. The best part of Hellbrunn is the trick water fountains in the gardens. We enjoyed a tour of the gardens and the kids loved the fountains. There are beautiful fountains all…

Salzburg – City of Mozart

Oliver scouted out all the places we needed to visit to find out about Mozart as we walked around the city and then we had a great “day of Mozart” where we visited all the places Oliver wanted to go. Our first stop was the Mozart Wohnhaus, the house Mozart grew up in. Just in…

Family Photo Shoot

I have always wanted to take family photos with all of us in our Austrian clothing. There is nothing cuter than men and boys in lederhosen. We finally picked a day to go out and a location close enough to home so that if it was miserable we could give up and go home easily!…

Sewing Time!

I recently found some cute ideas for sewing felt animals with my kids. I decided we should try our hand at sewing. It was interesting, to say the least, dealing with thread, needles, and fabric for four kids at once, but I was super impressed with the kids! They had some frustrating moments, but everyone…

ZOOM Splish Splash Balderdash

I love the new ZOOM Studio! It is called Splish Splash Balderdash and the theme is building boats and other water activities. There are awesome work benches and real tools for the kids to use and plenty of fun ways to play in the large, colorful water tanks. I was so impressed to see the…

Remise Public Transit Museum

Remise is Oliver’s favorite museum. He loves trains, buses, and all public transit and says they are the reason why he wants to live in Vienna forever. We had a free ticket on our Niederösterreich Card which expired at the end of March, so I took all the kids out on a windy day to…

Trip to Salzburg

Oliver has been asking to visit Salzburg since the day he found out Mozart was born there, so a couple weeks ago we decided to plan a trip! We stayed in Salzburg for five days, and lucked out with a pretty great airbnb apartment that was near the train station and just a short walk…