As we're rounding the corner on our last few months in Germany (the count is at approximately 167 days left in country...not that anyone is counting), Jason and I would very much like to get out to see some places we haven't. We also want to revisit a few of our favorite places.
One of the very first places we went after arriving in country was Heidelberg. I have read some opinions that Heidelberg is too "touristy" and therefore not worth the trip, but it is so pretty there that we've never agreed. We don't even do all that much when we visit the area; we just like to walk up and down the river and look at the city. We're easy to please, what can I say? But then, who isn't with views like this?
This was Izzy's first trip to Heidelberg, so we had to get the obligatory "all the boys" picture. As usual, we did not get every set of eyeballs on us. Oh well.
After we got our picture we let the boys do boy things on the bridge. It was pretty cold (okay, it was frigid) but they seemed to enjoy it.
We tried and tried to keep this hat on Izzy's head correctly but it kept sliding forward until he could barely see past it. It kept his ears warm, though. He absolutely loved walking up and down the bridge. I can't wait to take him back when it's warmer.
This is a little courtyard near where the trek up to the castle begins although we didn't go up there today. I think Jake might have stayed and stared at this fountain for hours if we'd let him. We're planning to head back again once the weather warms up. We came out this way in order to check out the prices on the funicular that provides rides up to the top of the hill so that we'll know for our next trip. I think the boys will get a kick out of it.
We were only there for a few hours but we had a great afternoon. Izzy insisted on walking most of the trip; Zander insisted that he needed to ride in the backpack carrier. (Side note: Zander is a huge kid for a three-year-old. Most people think he is four or five. The sight of him in that backpack carrier is pretty funny and we got a whole lot of looks. Jason even had his picture taken by some Japanese tourists over it.) It was empty enough that we were able to just let Izzy walk wherever he wanted; he spent a lot of time following the patterns of the bricks. Oh, the joys of being 15-months-old.
It's hard to believe that we are so close to the end of our time here! We are doing our absolute best to relish these last few months, even as we are looking forward to our return home. Hopefully we'll be able to fit in some great last trips between now and that long plane ride home.