|The A-Bomb Dome|
Nearby was the Hiroshima Peace Museum which we wanted to peruse, but realized that the kids would never be patient or quiet enough for us to enjoy it. I am not sure if "enjoy" is the correct word here, since I would most likely emerge from this museum pretty depressed and/or crying, but even so, I can't wait for the day when the kids are older and not every thing we do on a trip centers around them. Instead we let Theo give the peace bell a ring and headed over to the Children's Museum.
This was a fantastic (and free) museum that had three floors of hands on exhibits to explore and a planetarium. After a morning of sightseeing, Theo was freakishly happy to be able to run around, touch, and climb everything in sight.
Ummm, I'm not so sure about this one....
Our last tour for the day was at the Hiroshima Castle. Outside, the boys and I checked out a few very neat old trees that survived the atomic bomb and some cute turtles in the moat around the castle.
The castle was originally built in 1590 but was destroyed by the bomb. It was reconstructed in 1958.
There were a hand full of exhibits inside and a chance to dress up in costume. Theo was pumped that he got to dress up as a samurai. The helmet itself weighed about 15 lbs. so I am surprised he kept it on as long as he did.
I wouldn't say that Hiroshima was the most interesting city that I have spent the day wandering in, but none the less, we had a great time strolling around.