The very first thing Chris had them do was try a Berliner (a jelly donut nicknamed Berliner by people in Germany who live outside Berlin). I would like to point out that there is a strange tendancy to name foods after cities where they are popular... Frankfurter = hot dog, Berliner = jelly donut, Pariser = croissant... and the list continues... Chris had the girls say "Ich bin ein Berliner" before sampling their donuts, and then had to tell them the story behind the famous quote since they hadn't actually heard it before... sigh. These kids, what do they learn in history?
Amy and Amanda brought Oliver and Elora their birthday presents, which Oliver asked to open continuously from the moment he saw them. Ollie got a tool kit, and Elora got a doctor kit which they have had fun playing with. The best part of this pic is Amanda's face - a bit tired, are we? Chris took the girls over to the Frankfurt temple to do some baptisms and then we headed out to a nearby Roman fort.
Entering the Roman Fortress - Saalburg. It is the largest Roman fort in all of Europe, and was built along the limes which was the series of forts that guarded a wall that was built from East to West across Germany to protect the Roman Empire from Germanic tribes.
Oliver decided to crawl into the ruins of a Roman bath. He was pretty pleased with himself about the whole thing - too bad he is wearing khaki pants to crawl in the mud.
Here are the girls with some ancient weapons. They were pretty impressed with all the crossbows and catapults.
There was a fun exhibit showing the different types of armor worn by the Romans throughout the years of the empire. Here is Amy popping out from behind one of the cutouts. She sort of looks like she is cutout too...
Ollie's favorite exhibit was the playmobile toy soldiers. If only we had that many toy soldiers at home, we could have some pretty awesome battles.
They had some armor to try on too. Here is Amy who said the chain mail was REALLY heavy. It is so heavy you can't put it on by yourself, someone has to help you because it is too hard to lift over your head.
There was also a coloring station with lots of fun pictures of soldiers that all the kids enjoyed. Except Oliver who kept running back to the playmobile toy soldiers...
Elora with the helmet. She chose not to try out the chain mail. I guess we all complained too much about how heavy it was.