We went to Paris this past weekend. It was Spencer’s idea to go to see Paris to see vulfpeck. We decided that it would be a treat for the kids putting up with moving across an ocean and mostly being good about it. Meg loves Paris and jumped at the idea. Meg and Clare spent much of the day at the Louvre and shopping. Spencer and I climbed the arc de triomphe , took a nap and then went to the concert. I got some nice videos of the concert. One thing I found amazing was how people were singing along to bass solos.
Last weekend there was a festival in Aachen called September special. It was free, and they had bands playing all weekend on 5 different stages. Of course they had other obligatory festival attractions like food and beer, balloon animals, and even about Ferris wheel. Meg and Clare went on the Ferris wheel, but Spencer and I skipped it. We listened to a fun rockabilly band. The bass player played his bass above his head a couple times, which was pretty impressive. We took the bus there, which takes about 30 minutes. A little longer than driving, but nice not to have to worry about parking, and I can take Clare and the kids along with me for free on the weekends with my monthly bus pass.
It was a nice way to forget our worries for a bit. Especially since I had just broken the shower drain shortly before the festival that day. I called our super Monday morning and she arranged for a plumber to come fix it that afternoon, which was good, though we still need to get one tile replaced, which had to be broken in order to get access to the drain. I did learn from the plumber that you can get products like liquid plumber in Germany. I had assumed that they didn’t have such things, since in general it seems that Germans don’t use as many chemicals as in the USA. So next time the drain is slow, I know am easier solution.
On Sunday we went to a music festival in Aachen. As we were walking through the city center I noticed this bread at a bakery with a picture of the Aachen cathedral on it. It is surrounded by printen, which are traditional gingerbread cookies from Aachen. They sell them all year round. They are quite tasty.
We went to a local petting zoo/ animal park and enjoyed some nature and animals. Spencer also attended this outing, but spent the whole time asking to go play soccer in a neighboring field. This is the first time I’ve ever seen raccoons in a zoo.