Det55 started her day practicing Spanish on Duolingo and catching up on her journaling. Ltmgamer and I worked on some new French words and he dictated some information to me for his journal.
Today we bought tickets for the jousting tournament and the archery competition and walked around a bit. This town is small and although the lanes are narrow the number of cars are limited (only residents and deliver people can drive in the old town). It feels very safe so I told the kids they can go off exploring if they want. Det55 and Ltmgamer took off one direction and Enmgamer and I went a different way with plans to meet back at the apartment in 1 ½ hours. We window shopped and did a little souvenir shopping and I found some pj’s for Ltmgamer. We’d intended to pack him 2 pairs but somehow only one made it into the bag. The clothes in the kid’s store were really cute and very well made. Definitely had a European look to them. I know how the kids I’ve seen look so stylish.
After lunch I took a nap and told the kids they could go explore if they wanted. Det55 went off on her own and came back to tell us she wanted us to come with her to see what she’d found. We had all went with her and she took us up the hill to the cathedral and a lovely view of the town she’d discovered.
The kids read and entertained themselves while I made dinner. I’ve spent a good part of today trying to get caught up on blog entries. I just have to pair them with some photos and I will be current.
Sept 17 The festival started today with a parade that started at the steps of the old cathedral. It was really cool. The sun was setting, the street was filled with people in costume and the old building and cobblestone lanes really added to the atmosphere. Especially since many of these buildings were here during medieval times. We really enjoyed the parade. Afterwards we walked around. Stopped at a corner restaurant and ate crepes and just enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere. There are lots of families out and about and it feels very safe to be out exploring after dark. Earlier in the day Det55 and I went grocery shopping and found an old bookstore with a few books in English.