Germany: der Anfang

We are are leaving the hot beaches of South America behind us and we are heading back to Europe. This week we are off to the land of Oktoberfest, beer, pretzels, castles, music and sausages: Germany!

As is tradition, we started by making the flag. The German flag consists of 3 horizontal stripes in black, yellow and red. I found that folding the paper made it so much easier for Martin to paint without dealing with tape.

When doing research into the history and meaning behind the German flag I discovered a second flag: red, white and black in the same horizontal stripes. This was the German flag for years and is still preferred by some political groups today. However, after the Berlin wall came down in 1989 the flag we know today consisting of red, black and gold stuck as the official flag of Germany.

One of the best parts of Germany is the rich history and the numerous castles that dot the landscape. One travel blogger I found wrote that you haven’t been to Germany if you haven’t been to a castle. I’ve been to Germany but it was to buy shampoo and eat a pretzel… quite literally! We were in Alsace-Lorraine, France which is right on the border. We hopped on a bus, crossed the country line, stayed for a few hours, and came back. It was an amazing pretzel and totally worth it!

Back to castles…

Like so many, I am a Disney princess at heart so I leapt at the chance to make a castle with Martin. And boy did we make a castle!

It started as a box, some paper tubes from various products, some paint, origami paper and craft glue.

Martin helped me paint everything and then he chose the colors for the different roof tops. But I wasn’t able to assemble it till after he went to bed, that way too it had all night for the glue to set.

(It is a good thing too because he is still playing with this castle 3 weeks in the future.)

This is one of my favorite crafts to date and I think you can agree its pretty epic!

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