That’s a real moat behind me.
Behind the mote is a castle. Behind the castle is a village.
The last day of 2012 was a bright and sunny day. Our new baby was two weeks old and mom thought it was a good day for adventure. Five of us wanted to go sightseeing and five of us wanted to go shopping, and the baby… well she just wanted to eat, sleep, and poop! We decided to take a train to IKEA, a big store that sells lamps,beds,pillows,furniture and much, much more. On our way there we had to run to the train station (because we have no car here in italy). We got to the station just in time to catch the train! We were also thinking about going to Castle Franco, an old walled city that surrounds an ancient village. So on the way to IKEA we stopped at Castle Franco. On our walk to the village we took lots of pictures of amazing old buildings, pigeons and doorknobs.
When we got to the village there was a little outdoor market going on in the town center. We all ate some apples that dad bought at a fruit stand. They were some of the best apples I ever tasted!
We went to a small grocery store where dad got some lunch for us all. We were looking for a place to eat when dad saw a fish market, mom and most of the kids did not want to go in because it smelled so bad! So me,dad and Rachel went in. It smelled so gross! They had dead fish with the eye balls and all! They also had crabs, squid, octopus,clams,lobsters and all kinds of gross stuff! I almost fainted it smelled so bad! YUCK! We finally left after dad looked around for a while.
We found a good spot to eat our lunch on the stone bridge at the entrance of the castle. The food was really good! We ate ham sandwiches,chips,popcorn,cookies and cheese.
We got back on the train after a few hours to go to IKEA. The train brought us to a city called Padova. Next we got on a bus, after a while we realized we were on the wrong bus! But we eventually got on the on the right one! The bus had handles hanging from the ceiling, Esther and I got a little crazy, but we we were just practicing gymnastics! Mom got mad and made us hold on to the yellow bar instead. 😦
When we got to IKEA it was about to close and had shop quickly. Each kid had 20 euros to spend. I bought a lamp, bed desk, and a pillow. Esther bought a pillow and lamp,and all the little kids got huge stuffed animals. Mom warned us not to buy more then we can carry, Ha! Ha! We should of taken her advice! You should have seen us on the buses and trains lugging 7 big bags of stuff, along with nine fussy, whiny, tired kids… well actually only 8 of the kids were fussy- I was a perfect angle! 😀 We finally got home just in time to go to the New Years Eve party at church! We stayed till 12:00 midnight. When I got home I was so tired! I went right to bed! (the end)