Monday, September 5, 2011

Chateau Vianden

We (finally) went furniture shopping for a new couch this weekend and 4 hours, 3 beers, 10 sausages and 20 mini eclairs later, we did it! (They're big into feeding you in Belgium; I was stuffed when we left!) Then I found out it was back ordered for 2 months. Gut punch. Fine- just give me the freakin' couch when it comes in. We finally agreed on one! Where is this all going you ask? Was the couch at a Chateau? Well after all that we decided we were already in Belgium, why not drive about- we were sure the kids would pass out in the back once we got in the car. nope. However, we were forgiven for driving them around extra when we came to a castle and said, "Yes!" When they asked if we could see it! You should have see Big A's face. She was floored. It was awesome. The castle turned out to be Chateau Vianden and we were actually in Luxemb(o)urg, who knew? Okay, I think J knew, but I was surprised. The funny spelling: I had to post that because all the signs there have it spelled that way for either German or French, but we ended up cracking ourselves up saying "Luxem-BOH-urg." It's funny what a day of furniture shopping with little kids and a box of mini eclairs will do to you. I did my best to get some good shots, but you should really click on the link above to see it's beauty. It was incredible. I couldn't do it justice. Unfortunately we couldn't go in (it closed 5 minutes before we got there!) but we will for sure be back- cool, cool town. They're still rebuilding after WWII. As we rolled into town there was some serious house music pumping, like we could hear it with the windows up, so we assumed there was a fest of sorts going on (it's fest season around here!) We look and look, nothing. Hmm...On the way to find some dinner the music gets really loud so we think, we've found it! Guess. Spin contest. No kidding. Like on the bicycle. That town was rocking like you could hear the beat in the ground and for what? Stationary bikes. Crack me up. And what do they all do after this? Go for beer! I love this country.
Here are my attempts at some shots:

This is her, STOP TAKING PICTURES OF ME! face.

This was just a cool garage/patio area on the walk up to the Chateau.

Want this door.

This was really neat; it's a close up of one of the stations of the cross they have here.

Down by the river, on the way to dinner. Little A is quite sure the sludge is alligators. And is also quite happy about that.

A restaurant with a playground?? Yes, please!

It was about a hundred times cooler than this in person.

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