Simple things like shopping for car seats require military style planning when you have to split into two teams and take alternate travel routes... Ben in the car and Kirstie, Lew and Josh proceeding on foot and train in order to rendezvous at the Babyfachmarkt! Thankfully, our uber helpful car seat man Nikolai had us sorted and even came out to the car to make sure they fit. Before unfitting them and taking them back inside to pay. Noooo... I hate fitting car seats!
Car seats sorted we ducked across the megalopolis carpark to grab some Ikea cafeteria food for lunch. And then got lost finding the exit. It really is the same no matter where you are in the world.
With tummies full of meatballs and gravlax we hit the Autobahn to try out the new seats. We passed the most important car seat test with flying colours: Lewie's asleep!
Before we knew it we found ourselves across the border into the Netherlands (actually I had sneakily entered it into the SatNav). And since Lew decided to keep sleeping we kept on driving until Maastricht. As more than one person had told us before we left, 'this is going to be a tour of Europe's playgrounds', of course we didn't want to disappoint and found the Fort Willem historic site with its 'awesome as' playground (this is just a small part of the playground area - it was huge!).
Josh worked the pump while children with more body awareness walked over balance beams over a pond.
Kirstie decided to tackle the tunnel slide on her back... with limited success.
"Can we come back here again tomorrow?" Umm... No it's in another country, an entire HOUR drive away!