We arrived in Germany on January 7th and it’s been a wonderful trip so far! Caroline and I landed in Frankfurt in the morning and had to wait a couple of hours for Tom to arrive. His travel was booked by his company (he’s here for work, Caroline and I just tagged along) and we used SkyMiles to purchase our tickets and we weren’t able to get on the same itinerary. Thankfully everything went smoothly though and we were reunited and on our way to Kaiserslautern before 11AM.
Traveling in Germany with Kids
Caroline is 6 years old and she’s been a fantastic little traveler. This is her first trip to Europe and first long flight since we moved away from Hawaii nearly 4 years ago. We took Jack to London when he was 6 and I think it’s such a great age to start big trips. They’re low maintenance on the plane, happy to watch tablets or movies most of the time, don’t need a stroller and can carry their own backpack, and are old enough to be excited about a new experience. We found a kids play area at Dulles, which was a nice surprise.
We brought this inflatable booster for her for when we are in the car, and it’s the perfect lightweight solution while traveling. She often starts to complain about walking too far after about half a mile, but she got a kids Garmin watch for Christmas and being able to keep track of her steps and hit her goal (or double or triple her goal) really helps to motivate her. Today she’s on track to walk 20,000 steps and hasn’t complained once!
After we checked into our hotel in Kaiserslautern we rested a little bit then decided to head to a castle I’d heard great things about. We drove about 40 minutes to Burg Lichtenberg and it did not disappoint! It was chilly and getting dark but the ruins are stunning and much of it is still in tact, with newer buildings built within the castle grounds. There is even a playground that’s next to a biergarten, which I imagine being really fun on a nice summer day. If you’re stationed at Ramstein or this area you definitely need to visit this castle! We ate dinner at the restaurant there in the castle and then as we were about to leave we discovered that you would walk up onto the castle wall to a beautiful lookout. It felt like we had gone back in time! Absolutely magical.
I wore my new brown Chelsea boots that I cannot say enough great things about. They have a sturdy sole but don’t look quite as trendy as the heavy lug soles we’re seeing everywhere. The insole is really cushioned, they aren’t too narrow in the toe, and they’re brown leather- which was oddly difficult to find. I’d say they’re tts, but size down half a size if in between sizes. I wear them with these socks. Caroline and I both got berets at Target recently and it has been her favorite accessory, even wearing it around the hotel. I love the phase she’s in with here strong opinions on fashion! I think I’ve only seen her wear jeans once before so seeing her wear these wide leg jeans that she chose at Old Navy was really cute. Her boots are pink with flowers on them and they are from Target. Her faux fur coat is too.
On our first full day we slept in a bit and then ate breakfast at the hotel. Tom had to work so Caroline and I decided to walk to the Kaiserslautern city center to explore a bit. She really wanted a scarf that’s not an infinity scarf (the only type she’s ever had) so we went to Primark, which is a fun department store that I always enjoy browsing while in Europe. She found a cute little scarf for 4 Euros and then we got her a soft pretzel and she was a happy girl! We saw some pretty churches and just wandered a bit then went back to the hotel to rest a little.
After lunch we rallied and went out walking again. There was a farmers strike happening so there were giant tractors honking and blocking traffic on all the roads. We walked to a thrift store (Die Schatzkiste), where I found a little framed piece of art for 5 Euros. I love an interesting souvenir and thrifting is a great way to find one! Then we went to Aldi and grabbed some food to put in our little hotel room fridge. Tom was able to get a little break from work so he met us in town and we walked back to the hotel together. Tomorrow Caroline and I head to Paris, and we are both so excited!!
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