Roman Ruins & a Castle …. it’s what we do on weekends

Today was yet again, another cold (seriously, what is up with the never-ending winter of 2012/13?)  and foggy day so we hopped in the car and drove out of town hoping to find warmer weather (which we didn’t) and learn something new and exciting (which we did).

We set out to explore the ancient Roman ruins of Carnuntum – the Reborn City of Emperors (see my review here). The ancient city (spanning a huge area….10 square km) has been partially (less than 1%) excavated and reconstructed so we thought what better way to teach our kids the value of history than to schlepp them around Roman ruins in the cold? Yup….and that we did. It was actually a truly fascinating visit and the kids loved the fact that they could run around (in the cold, did I mention it was cold today?), watch videos about Romans (and snakes….there was one tiny, little snake in one of the videos and apparently that’s all that caught Luca’s attention….so we talked about snakes and Romans; snakes and ruins; snakes and….you name it…. for a really, really long time today as we were walking around the ruins in the cold. I did mention it was cold, right?).

Happy Papa (with awesome knitted hat!)
Happy Papa (with awesome knitted hat!)
Mesmerized by the Romans (and/or snakes)
Mesmerized by the Romans (and/or snakes)
Mom! A snake!!
Mom! A snake!!
Ruins or the "shaky, shaky bridge" - it's just a matter of how you sell it!
Ruins or the “shaky, shaky bridge” – it’s just a matter of how you sell it!
Working kitchen
Working kitchen
Enthralled by the video? Bored? Oh well, they're paying attention!
Enthralled by the video? Bored? Oh well, they’re paying attention!
Ruins
More ruins

And then, just as the kids thought we were done with our history lessons for the day, we packed them up and headed to Castle Rohrau for a late lunch and a visit to the Castle’s art exhibit.

Schloss Rohrau
Schloss Rohrau
Wow - a good picture of the 3 of us! (plus a nice sign in the background, always a plus!)
Wow – a good picture of the 3 of us! (plus a nice sign in the background, always a plus!)

Yes, it was another cold, grey, and foggy day here in Vienna, but hey, we got to check out some cool ruins today. Not too shabby for another Sunday at post …. now, who do I need to talk to about raising the temperatures around here? I am starting to get VERY tired of wearing my warmest jacket all the time

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