On Saturday, we went to the Hollandia Riding Club in Corbeanca. Alan and David loved watching the horses -- although Alan decided that ponies were all right but horses way too big. He did get to ride on the pony for about five or ten minutes. He looked his most serious, I've never seen this look on his face before. He smelled like horse afterwards and talked about "riding like a big boy" the rest of the day. Afterwards, he had a three-hour nap. That hasn't happened in months. Oh, all the excitement.
David wasn't allowed to ride the pony since he's very much too small. So he was just left watching, and being adorable.
Sunday, we went to Trgovişte with friends of ours. Trgovişte used to be the capital of Wallachia back in the good old days - one of the princes who resided here was our old friend Vlad. Trgovişte was also the city where Nicolae Ceauşescu and his wife Elena were executed in 1989 after a rather showy trial. Here's the old royal palace (very much 19th century restored), with the church in the background.
The kids loved running around in the ruins. Walls to climb, bridges to cross, countless rooms discover, and to play hide-and-seek in -- all that in warm and sunny weather, what's not to like?