Monday, October 20, 2014

My Travels Abroad: Aachen

Great Emperors of Europe were crowned and laid to rest in Aachen.  Most notably it is the place where Charlemagne is buried.

Everywhere we walked we found wonderful little places to eat.  Sitting outside in the sun with these sights...who wouldn't want to eat?  All. The. Time. 

The churches were beautiful and right in the center of town.

We had a ton of fun just walking around these beautiful, narrow, brick streets.

Hans with Hanswurst.
We didn't eat here, but we really should have.
Ha!  Hans is the Wurst.

We happened to be in Aachen on the day the church brought out the 7 relics.  I'm not how often these relics are displayed, but judging by the amount of people standing in line and attending the service, not very often.  As our tour guide was taking us around Aachen we actually ran right into the processional of the relics.

This is supposedly Mary's birth dress.  I have much to say about this, but that would take all day.  There were people pushing and shoving to be near this and the other relics.

There were a ton of people around Aachen this day.  I'm assuming the streets aren't normally this busy.  The relics seemed to draw a big crowd.

We stopped for lunch at a quaint Italian restaurant with my in-laws.  Aren't they a handsome couple?

A handsome couple that produced a handsome son.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My Travels Abroad: Cologne

After our beautiful castle visit in Munzenberg we made our way to Cologne.  

There we had a walking tour of the cathedral and the surrounding area.
 The black gives the cathedral a gothic look.  All that black is dirt.  It takes a lot of time and even more money to clean the whole building.

 The pipe organ in this place was huge!

 The cathedral was beautiful.  We were given lots of information about the cathedral and its history.  But the one that stuck with me is that it takes 8 years to clean 1 of those windows.

Almost every street in Germany looked like this.  I could get use to this.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

While I Was at Munzenberg Castle

While I was exploring castle ruins the boys were packing their day full of exciting adventures.

They loved experimenting with Marble Works.  They were convinced that the louder they screamed as the marbles went through the course the faster their marbles went.  These three are very competitive with each other.

After a morning of marbles the boys took a trip to the Fort Worth Fire Department to take a tour and learn about the trucks.  They were fascinated with the water shooting out of this truck.

Trouble with a capital T.

Meet Firefighter Jerry.  Jerry is a member of my dad's congregation.  He set this all up so the boys could visit the fire station.

After the fire station the boys wanted to cool off so my parents took them to a cool splash pad.

Gus is good with sprinklers coming out of the ground.  He knows that he can walk through without being sprayed in the face.

I was very surprised when I saw this picture.  I'm not sure Gus has ever intentionally stood under one of those dumping buckets.

John will wait under one of these buckets the whole time it is filling so he can be under it when it dumps.
It would appear Gus is getting more and braver every day.
Well, that is more like the Gus I know.  It's good to know some things never change.

I'm sure the boys slept well this night.