We are already back in the USA and Simon and Max are back in school, below though are images from the second half of our trip to Germany.
Papa’s sister Sandra came to see the boys and brought them a gift.
We went to Bad Saulgau to hang out.
Simon went manhole and air vent exploring
Max with Papa
Reversed roles in the fire truck
And a wild ride in a helicopter
Fleischkäse is clearly appreciated here
And Max liked it too.
Climbing is so much fun
Simon decided he no longer was afraid of heights.
But men who work hard sleep well
Oma came along to see the Fasnet parade in Aulendorf
There were many masks and the boys were scared at times.
Many bands were marching too
And more masks
But the scariest are clearly the witches
Max decided he had enough and balled
This was a bit too loud, but Max was just startled.
Good times in Sigmaringen
We got to see the Rottweiler Fasnet and many relatives on Fat Tuesday.
We decided to go to Germany so Simon and Max could see family there and timed it so that they could experience Southwest German traditional carnival here. Below are some impressions from the first few days there.
The boys checking out the Greensboro Airport after a canceled flight.
Simon on board of the plane to Atlanta
With only 20 minutes to spare in Atlanta we have no pics from that airport as we were too busy running with the boys from D terminal to E terminal but you can surely imagine the picture.
Once dinner was served on the flight to Zürich and we went through the typical nighttime routine it didn’t take the boys very long to fall asleep. Here Simon on Papa’s lap.
And Max on the lap and next to Sara.
Sara passed out a bit too.
Max looked very happy in the morning
And Simon slept until it was time to land.
We waited for our suitcases and car seats in Zürich, but knew that they likely did not “run” as fast in the Atlanta airport as we did and thus did not make it.
None of our stuff arrived and eventually the kind folks at Hertz let us use 2 car seats so we could continue our trip. Sara then flew on to Hannover to see her family and Papa and the boys drove on to Germany. As soon as we crossed the border to Germany we stopped at a bakery in Stockach.
And the butcher shop next door
The weather was mild enough to enjoy a little snack outside.
After a nap we went to Ravensburg to pick up Mama from the train station.
A very happy reunion at the train station
The next day we went to Bad Saulgau and the boys got to play firefighters.
We also walked around a bit and the boys liked the sculptures surrounding a fountain.
Lunch in Bad Saulgau at Cafe Kostbar
This is our rental car and it is unclear why wagons aren’t popular in the USA.
The weather was quite nice for February and here the boys played in Oma’s gravel driveway.
The boys slept very well during their naps, too well actually because of the cumulative missed sleep from the trip.
Both boys were totally out and had to be woken up.
On Wednesday we went to Ravensburg.
Berliners (German jelly donuts) for the boys.
Simon worked very hard on his
That night the witches were freed in Ostrach
Fasnet in Germany allows the boys to re-use their Halloween costumes
That night Mama and Papa went out and were pretty much the only folks not dressed up.
Below are a few of the costume groups we encountered. And these are just groups of friends who decide to have a theme.
Oma worked very hard on the laundry and the weather obliged.
Children’s surprise eggs for the boys
That is yummy chocolate
Oh yeah, dig in.
On one of the playgrounds in Ostrach
This is a very cool playground
Our friend Maria was also there with her 2 daughters.
Simon made friends
Checking out the Narrenbrunnen in Ostrach
Mama is the best