while in switzerland, we visited chillon castle, a medieval castle that we knew the kids would love to visit. you have probably gathered in the past how into castles and playing knights at home they are right now. we carved out an entire day when planning our europe itinerary to just hang out and play at the castle for them. josh ordered these new knight costumes before we left new york and he even got conrad that adorable dragon costume so he could play along as well! you have to watch the video we made because conrad gets really into being a dragon and it’s the cutest thing ever.
i am really thankful we were able to do this. we knew as we started planning our trip to europe that exploring a real medieval castle was a must for our kiddos. i will never forget their faces as we drove up to it and they saw it for the first time up close. they haven’t stopped talking about it and it just makes me so happy everytime i hear them mention it.
we started off by playing outside…
a dragon and a knight hold hands and become friends. :) eleanor would say how this was her pet dragon to help her find the bad dragons.
conrad was so good at making his scary fire breathing dragon sound…the knights were a little scared at times. ;) (you have to hear it in the video!)
he might not even be two, but he knows how to chase and keep his knights on the run!
these faces, i can’t! they haven’t stopped pretending to be knights. i am so so glad they had such a good time!
these maps were so great for the kids! especially for samson, who is our thorough navigator at all times.
“how did you get to the dungeon?”
this is sir samson blocking the dragon’s fire with his shield and protecting lady eleanor behind him…
some more excellent defensive shield work here by sir samson. conrad’s like, c’mon! but i’m not really a dragon!
one of the things i love so much about josh, is that he not only encourages this pretend play, but he often plays along when they ask! before we left for europe, he asked me if i wanted a cape too when he ordered these and i was like, “um, no!” but seeing them get so so excited that papa was playing too, i kind of wished i would have been decked out in a cape as well. maybe next time. ;)
look at her face! love how much she was totally into this!
feeling extra protected exploring the castle with a fire breathing dragon and two knights by my side!
exploring the dungeon was their favorite part.
they say a prisoner of chillon left footprints from pacing around this pillar so much (which inspired lord byron to write a well known poem about it).
getting a history lesson in!
these fun toys from the gift shop came home with us. they have been a major hit!
loved this day so much. and those knights and that fire breathing dragon, too. it’s always a good time with my little crew. :)