Lainzer Tiergarten Stick Forts

We headed back into the Lainzer Tiergarten today with friends for a nice hike and some fort building fun. This was the first time I have ever managed to get by children out of the house by 8:30 am in the summer. They all got up, made and packed sandwiches and water, and were ready…

Hermesvilla and Lainzer Tiergarten

My kids call the Lainzer Tiergarten “Sherwood Forest” and they were so excited to go spend the afternoon there. We also stopped by the Hermesvilla – Sisi’s Castle of Dreams. The Hermesvilla is a little palace that the Emperor Franz Josef built for his wife Elizabeth in the Lainzer Tiergarten, which used to be in…

Dürnstein

I have always wanted to see Dürnstein, a little town outside of Vienna where Richard the Lionheart was captured and held captive after the crusades. I had heard the story and heard it is a beautiful area of Austria, so we headed out early in the morning to check it out. Dürnstein is a very small…

Burgruine Mödling

Our friends Peter and Beate invited us to go hiking with their family to the Burgruine Mödling. We took a short train trip to the town of Mödling and walked through the town to get to the beautiful hills where we began our hike. The hike was wonderful. It followed small trails through the woods with some…

Zion Junior Rangers

My kids love Zion National Park. I took them there to earn their Junior Ranger badges. There is a little activity book they have to complete. Some have information about geology, some are used to mark all the animals spotted on your visit, another activity teaches the kids to recognize animal droppings, one talks about…