Playground pics #2

I’m working on a post about our new apartment (long overdue, I know!), but am having some photo transfer issues. So stay tuned on that…

In the meantime, I’ve got some more gratuitous playground photos of the kids. We’re trying to get as much outside time as we can before the temperature drops below freezing.

A little history lesson: Ulm was part of the boundary dispute in the Napoleonic Wars that ended in the Treaty of Paris in 1810. Following that, many portions of this region were selected for federal fortifications, with Neu-Ulm being the site of the largest complex constructed in the 1840s. Right behind our apartment is one of those fortifications, known as the Glacis. The garrison was dissolved after WWI, but the Glacis exists as a popular public park that stretches through much of the center of Neu-Ulm and hosts public concerts and events throughout the warmer months.

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The entrance to the park. Very space-age amidst all the greenery (but fitting, as you’ll see).

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Lucy is eager to check out the rocket ship structures.

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Joe at the bottom of stairs, trying to help Sam navigate getting down (the slide was a bit too long and steep for our little guy).

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A view of the Napoleonic-style lawns and embankments.

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Lucy is thrilled to have found a play area more her size. The tiny Dalek-looking things spin around if you hold on, and the teepee structure at the edge is a sort of whispering gallery, where you can play telephone with people speaking quietly in the pair of structures.

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More fun things to climb.

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Joe: Time to go!

Lucy: Catch me if you can!

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Lucy’s found something else to climb. Have I mentioned that almost-2-year-olds like to climb everything?

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A shot of the sunken fortifications. It’s a little bit graffiti-strewn in spots, but not nearly as badly as the Army bunkers I used to visit in Washington State.

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A lion’s-head fountain embedded in the slope of the bank. This was Sam’s favorite part of the Glacis and definitely something we’ll visit again, especially on warm spring days.

I referenced my history info from the following websites:

History Neu-Ulm

Fortress of Ulm

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