Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Vlachs Visit and a Day Trip to Trier, Germany

We were so blessed to be surrounded by family for our second Christmas abroad. Two days after Andi and Kyle's left for Paris, Rob's parents and his sister, Nicki, arrived!

We ice skated, visited the Lux Christmas market, ate raclette, had dance parties, played at the playground, read Harry Potter, watched Star Wars and played a lot of checkers.
Bitsy loved it, until it scared her!
Online checkers since we couldn't find a real board anywhere....
Peek-a-boo! (Or cuckoo, as the Europeans say)
Reading the illustrated Harry Potter!
We also enjoyed a sunny day in Luxembourg's Grund, which is a quarter in a valley right below the City Centre, along the Alzette River.
Eglise de St. John Baptiste is always closed but that day the door swung open...
One day, Rob took vacation from work and we drove to Trier, Germany, only 45 minutes away by car, for its Marché de Noël. It's the oldest city in Germany, and was founded by the Celts centuries before the Romans showed up; Karl Marx was also born there. We ate schnitzel for lunch, shelled fresh roasted chestnuts, visited ancient Roman baths and walked into an 800 year old cathedral where Jesus' tunic is preserved.
We were here the last day of the Christmas Market!
Roasted chestnuts
Ancient Roman bath
Bitsy's deciding what kind of schnitzel to order....
Trier Cathedral 
Loved this Christmas market poster
Another day, Rob took his folks and the "big kids" to Metz, France, to visit a display of Disney ice sculptures, or fééries de glace, as they're called. John couldn't resist licking each one as he walked past.
Madeline and Anna from Frozen
And then, before we knew it, the magic of Christmas was upon us.....

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